Chinese publisher NetEase has acquired a minority stake in Quantic Dream and will assist in bringing Quantic Dream’s games to as many platforms as possible. Quantic Dream founders David Cage and Guillaume de Fondaumière will stay on and lead the studio and it will remain an independent outfit.
“The landscape of the video game industry will go through major evolutions in the coming years, with new hardware to come, new business models to explore and all-new ways of playing to invent,” says 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.”
NetEase VP Ethan Wang sounds pretty chuffed about the deal as well, saying “We are constantly looking for partners that complement us in the development and creation of the next generation games. 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.”
While Quantic Dream has never been a first-party studio for Sony, it’s last three games have been exclusive to PlayStation platforms (Heavy Rain, Beyond: Two Souls and Detroit: Become Human). Before then they established themselves with Fahrenheit (also known as Indigo Prophecy) and The Nomad Soul, a fascinatingly weird game from the 90’s that features an original soundtrack from David Bowie.
Quantic Dream will now have the opportunity to spread its wings somewhat, although we’re still expecting them to head down the route of narrative-driven adventures with stunning visuals. This time around we can expect to play them on PC though.