Chinese tech giant NetEase acquires Quantic Dream

Sean Carey - August 31st 2022

The Chinese gaming giant NetEase has acquired Quantic Dream, the French developer responsible for narrative-driven games such as Detroit: Become Human and Heavy Rain, for an undisclosed sum.

According to NetEase, Quantic Dream "will continue to operate independently" and will also focus "on creating and publishing its video games on all platforms, as well as supporting and publishing third-party developed titles."

NetEase acquires Star Wars Eclipse developer Quantic Dream

"We are thrilled to embark on an exciting new stage of growth with Quantic Dream, bound by our shared vision, mutual trust and respect," said William Ding, CEO and director of NetEase, Inc. "NetEase will continue to fulfil our promise to support Quantic Dream to realise its full potential. By combining the wild creativity and exceptional narrative focus of Quantic Dream with NetEase's powerful facilities, resources and execution capabilities, we believe there are infinite possibilities that could re-define the interactive entertainment experience we provide for players worldwide."

Quantic Dream founder David Cage added: "Today marks an important milestone for our studio after a quarter century of complete independence.

"NetEase Games values our creative freedom and the drive and passion of our uniquely diverse team. We will now be able to accelerate the vision we share as a group, of creating landmark titles that touch people on an emotional level. We have highly differentiated games in the making and I truly believe that the best is yet to come from Quantic Dream. I am particularly proud that our employees, who were offered a significant share of our capital over the past years, will fully benefit from this acquisition. It is a testimony to our continued commitment to reward all those who have made Quantic Dream the successful studio it is today."

Last year, Quantic Dream announced it was developing Star Wars Eclipse, a new adventure set in the High Republic era. However, a recent report suggested that we might not see this new game until at least 2027.