NetEase to fully acquire game developer Quantic Dream

(Source: NetEase and Quantic Dream)

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Chinese internet technology company NetEase will acquire 100% of the shares of Quantic Dream, the developer of the “Detroit: Become Human” game, according to an article published Thursday by industry tipster Tom Henderson. The announcement will likely go live this summer after the two sides negotiated for months.

“Detroit: Become Human” is an interactive video game centered around the theme of artificial intelligence, and was first released on May 25, 2018. Quantic Dream’s latest work will be “Star Wars Eclipse”, which was displayed in 2021 and is expected to go on sale in the next few years.

In January 2019, NetEase announced that it had acquired shares of Quantic Dream, but confirmed that the company would operate independently. Sources said the company has been looking for a full takeover since its contract for three games published by Sony Interactive Entertainment expired after the new game was released in 2018.

One of the reasons for acquiring Quantic Dream may be that it was exposed to “a toxic work culture, racism and sexism.”

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NetEase also acquired game company Grasshopper Manufacture in late 2021. Grasshopper, the developer behind game series such as “Killer 7”, “No More Heroes” and “Lollipop Chainsaw”, decided to merge with the technology giant by deepening long-term cooperation, creating more quality content for gamers.