NetEase, the Chinese internet technology company will reportedly acquire 100% of Quantic Dream, with an announcement likely to come this summer, sources suggest. The company initially purchased a minority stake of Quantic Dream in 2019, but after months of negotiations, it appears that they’re about to finish the job they started.
Quantic Dream has had its fair share of controversy these past several years following allegations of workplace issues, including sexual harassment, crunch, and toxic work culture. These issues have reportedly created a hiring problem for the studio, who have been trying to fill several jobs for over a year.
Although the studio has seen controversy, the announcement of Star Wars Eclipse was seemingly a turning point in giving the studio loaded ammunition to continue its desire to be acquired.
NetEase is no stranger to acquiring studios, with the company acquiring Grasshopper Manufacture late last year. Grasshopper, the studio behind franchises like Killer7, No More Heroes, and Lollipop Chainsaw decided to “get together in the long term with through deeper cooperation to create more good content for gamers.”
Those familiar with the deal have said that the current NetEase and Quantic Dream deal seems to be similar to that of Grasshopper, with NetEase providing the resource support the studio needs to “bring Star Wars Eclipse to life.”
(All information was provided by eXputer)