After a string of setbacks for Quantic Dream, she may be considering selling herself to the Chinese. Not all gamers are happy about this, despite the reputation of the creators of Heavy Rain.
NetEase Games is a Chinese giant whose closest competitor is Tencent. The second previously bought out such huge studios as Riot Games, and everything was fine. Now insider Tom Henderson has hinted that Quantic Dream could be bought out entirely by NetEase. By the way, back in 2019, the Chinese bought a minority stake in the creators of Detroit: Become Human. Information on absorption should appear in the summer.
To complete the picture, let’s analyze the current situation. Quantic Dream’s problems began in 2018, when the contract with Sony ended. Also, the founders of the company had far-fetched problems with a toxic and unhealthy atmosphere among employees, but since 2018, French courts have proven the opposite 4 times. But after such accusations, nothing helps in the West, so there was only one chance – the announcement of Star Wars: Eclipse. After cinematics for the whole industry jaw dropped, only later it turned out that Quantic Dream could not recruit employees for development and, in general, the release could take place no earlier than 2027. Therefore, the studio urgently needs money and management from outside, which NetEase can provide.