NetEase, who just last year invested $100 million into Bungie, has announced their latest investment. The recipient is Detroit Become Human developer Quantic Dream. While specific financial details were left out, they did issue a formal statement:
With a strong focus on in-house development, we are constantly looking for partners that complement us in the development and creation of the next generation games,” said Ethan Wang, vice president of NetEase, in a statement. Quantic Dream’s excellence in interactive storytelling and the valuable expertise it has built over the past two decades is exactly what we have been looking for. We are pleased to partner with Quantic Dream and we hope to create incredible game experiences for players all around the globe.
David Cage, CEO of Quantic Dream, added the following statement:
The landscape of the gaming industry will go through major evolutions in the coming years, with new hardware to come, new business models to explore and new ways of playing to invent, added Quantic Dream CEO and creative director David Cage. We want Quantic Dream to take a key role in this exciting future and having NetEase by our side as a strategic partner will allow us to expand our creative vision and develop the company to its fullest potential. NetEase understands what Quantic is about as they share our passion for high quality games and our ambitions for the studio.
This is very interesting news not only because NetEase seems to be taking a minority stake in several major developers, but also because Quantic Dream has been a developer of PlayStation exclusives for years. Given this deal, and the verbiage used during, it seems that the writing is on the wall for future games to come to additional platforms. Time will tell!