NetEase Acquires Main French Recreation Developer & Writer Quantic Dream


Quantic Dream joins NetEase Video games and can proceed to convey high-quality AAA online game experiences to gamers worldwide.

HANGZHOU, China, Aug. 31, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — NetEase, Inc. (NASDAQ: NTES, HKEX: 9999), considered one of China’s main web and on-line sport providers suppliers, at present introduced that its video games division, NetEase Video games, has acquired Quantic Dream S.A., one of many premier unbiased online game builders on the earth. Quantic Dream, led by David Cage and Guillaume de Fondaumière, will turn into NetEase Video games’ first studio in Europe, representing an vital step in fulfilling NetEase’s imaginative and prescient to help innovation and sport growth across the globe. Quantic Dream will proceed to function independently, specializing in creating and publishing its video video games on all platforms, in addition to supporting and publishing third-party developed titles, whereas on the identical time leveraging NetEase’s important sport growth capabilities.

Quantic Dream is a multi-award-winning studio that was established 25 years in the past in Paris, France. It’s the creator of iconic video games resembling Heavy Rain, Past: Two Souls and Detroit: Turn into Human. The studio introduced at The Recreation Awards 2021 that it’s working in collaboration with Lucasfilm Video games on the brand new action-adventure sport, Star Wars Eclipse™.

“We’re thrilled to embark on an thrilling new stage of progress with Quantic Dream, sure by our shared imaginative and prescient, mutual belief and respect,” mentioned William Ding, CEO and Director of NetEase, Inc. “NetEase will proceed to fulfil our promise to help Quantic Dream to grasp its full potential. By combining the wild creativity and distinctive narrative focus of Quantic Dream with NetEase’s highly effective amenities, sources and execution capabilities, we imagine there are infinite potentialities that might re-define the interactive leisure expertise we offer for gamers worldwide.”

“Right this moment marks an vital milestone for our studio after 1 / 4 century of full independence,” mentioned Quantic Dream’s founder, CEO and writer-director David Cage. “NetEase Video games values our inventive freedom and the drive and keenness of our uniquely various workforce. We’ll now have the ability to speed up the imaginative and prescient we share as a gaggle, of making landmark titles that contact folks on an emotional stage. We’ve got extremely differentiated video games within the making and I actually imagine that the perfect is but to come back from Quantic Dream. I’m notably proud that our workers, who have been provided a big share of our capital over the previous years, will absolutely profit from this acquisition. It’s a testimony to our continued dedication to reward all those that have made Quantic Dream the profitable studio it’s at present.”

“NetEase Video games first invested in Quantic Dream three years in the past,” mentioned Guillaume de Fondaumière, Co-CEO and Head of Publishing for Quantic Dream. “Over this era, we had the chance to work intently collectively and noticed first-hand how like-minded and complementary we’re. NetEase Video games’ acquisition comes as a pure evolution on this course of and creates a singular alternative to spice up Quantic Dream’s progress by giving our manufacturing and publishing groups all the required means to excel.”

Quantic Dream is a market chief in creating video games with a powerful narrative focus and nonlinear tales that reward gamers’ selections. The studio, which develops its personal proprietary applied sciences, can be recognized for its pioneering use of movement seize to convey actors’ performances to life in methods by no means seen earlier than in video video games. NetEase initially acquired a minority stake in Quantic Dream S.A. in 2019.

About NetEase, Inc.

As a number one web know-how firm primarily based in China, NetEase, Inc. (NASDAQ: NTES and HKEX:9999, “NetEase”) gives premium on-line providers centered round content material creation. With intensive choices throughout its increasing gaming ecosystem, the Firm develops and operates a few of China’s hottest and longest operating cellular and PC video games. Powered by industry-leading in-house R&D capabilities in China and globally, NetEase creates superior gaming experiences, evokes gamers, and passionately delivers worth for its thriving neighborhood worldwide. By infusing play with tradition and schooling with know-how, NetEase transforms gaming right into a significant car to construct a extra entertaining and enlightened world.

Past video games, NetEase service choices embody its majority-controlled subsidiaries Youdao (NYSE: DAO), China’s main technology-focused clever studying firm, and Cloud Music (HKEX: 9899), China’s main on-line music content material neighborhood, in addition to Yanxuan, NetEase’s non-public label shopper way of life model.

NetEase’s ESG initiatives are among the many finest within the international media and leisure {industry}, incomes it a distinction as one of many S&P World Trade Movers and an “A” score from MSCI. For extra info, please go to:

About NetEase Video games

NetEase Video games is the net video games division of NetEase, Inc. (NASDAQ: NTES and HKEX: 9999), creating and working a number of the hottest cellular and PC video games in markets together with China and Japan. As one of many world’s largest incubators of high quality on-line sport content material, NetEase Video games is devoted to supporting the expansion of modern studios across the globe and rising a global presence alongside the way in which. To enhance its self-developed video games and world-class R&D capabilities, NetEase Video games additionally companions with different {industry} leaders together with Blizzard Leisure, Mojang AB (a Microsoft subsidiary) and different international sport builders to function a number of the hottest worldwide on-line video games in China. For extra info, please go to


Quantic Dream is a Paris and Montreal-based online game studio created in 1997 by David Cage. The distinctive narrative experiences provided by Heavy Rain™, Past: Two Souls™, Detroit: Turn into Human™, have reached tens of millions of gamers all over the world and gained greater than 250 worldwide awards. Quantic Dream is at present engaged on three new in-house tasks, together with Star Wars Eclipse™, developed in collaboration with Lucasfilm Video games.

As an unbiased writer since 2019, Quantic Dream additionally helps authentic creators with distinctive visions, that are dropped at life with the assistance of Quantic Dream’s experience, technique of manufacturing, funding, and entry to the worldwide market and gamers.  

Quantic Dream unveiled Star Wars Eclipse™ in collaboration with Lucasfilm Video games throughout The Recreation Awards™ 2021, a brand new action-adventure, multiple-character branching narrative AAA sport set within the Excessive Republic period of the enduring Star Wars™ galaxy, now early in growth. 

Heavy Rain™, Past: Two Souls™ and Detroit: Turn into Human™ ©Sony Interactive Leisure Europe. Developed by Quantic Dream. Heavy Rain™ is a trademark of Quantic Dream. Past: Two Souls™ and Detroit: Turn into Human™ are logos or registered logos of Sony Interactive Leisure Europe and are used underneath license. Quantic Dream and the Quantic Dream brand are logos of Quantic Dream. All different logos are the property of their respective house owners. All rights reserved. 

Lucasfilm, the Lucasfilm brand, STAR WARS and associated properties are logos and/or copyrights, in the US and different nations, of Lucasfilm Ltd. and/or its associates. © & ™ 2021 Lucasfilm Ltd. All rights reserved. 

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Investor Enquiries:

Margaret Shi
NetEase, Inc.
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Tel: (+86) 571-8985-3378

Media Enquiries:

NetEase, Inc.
Li Ruohan
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NetEase Video games
Zhou Zhaoxi
Tel:(+86) 20-85105163 ext.57169
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Quantic Dream
Iris Gicquel, Communications Director 
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