Long time PlayStation developer Quantic Dream has announced today that it has sold a minority stake in the company to Chinese company NetEase (the company behind the Diablo mobile experience).
The news allows Quantic Dream to expand the development of its projects beyond the PlayStation platform to a multiplatform approach.
Quantic Dream’s CEO David Cage had this to say on the NetEase investment announcement:
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. 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.
The French developer is known for its story-driven cinematic and QTE-focused games such as Heavy Rain, Fahrenheit and the recent Detroit: Become Human. However, the studio hasn’t been without its controversies – in 2018 it was alleged that the studio had a toxic workplace, however Quantic Dream refuted the allegations (obviously) and labelled them as ‘smear’.
While it’s not known what Quantic’s next project is, the fact it’s coming to multiplatforms can only be a good thing.