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Quantic Dream announces partnership with NetEase

Chinese industry giant secures a stake in Detroit: Become Human and Heavy Rain developer Quantic Dream.

Quantic Dream, the developer most notably known for Detroit: Become Human, Heavy Rain, Beyond: Two Souls and Fahrenheit announced their partnership with industry giant NetEase just recently. In a video published on Twitter, the charismatic android 'Chloe' tells viewers about the big news and specifies the fact that NetEase's partial acquisition will help Quantic Dream to "continue to develop its vision, experiment with new ideas and explore new horizons while remaining an independent studio", ending the announcement with a cheeky "stay deviant".

"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, VP of NetEase, Inc. via press release. "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."

The questions many fans of Quantic Dream are asking themselves is what this means for the French developer moving forward. For more than a decade, across the development of Heavy Rain (which started out as a multi-platform project), Beyond: Two Souls, and Detroit: Become Human, they served as a second party studio launching their titles exclusively on PS3 and PS4. What this deal means is yet to be seen, but the investment should provide Quantic Dream with the financial muscle to potentially self-publish or at least shop around for a beneficial publishing deal and go likely multi-platform.

For now, we're left with little in terms of answers, though the Chloe video did feature that old wizard PS4 tech demo (and Quantic Dream do love to turn tech demos into games), but here's a couple of pretty vague quotes from the press release:

"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," said 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."

"We have been impressed by NetEase's vision, their commitment to quality and innovation and their impressive track-record and know-how in crafting and operating some of the most popular games on the planet," continued Guillaume de Fondaumiere, Co-CEO of Quantic Dream. "Partnering with NetEase will open new opportunities for our studio and strengthen our position as pioneers and innovators."

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