De Chinese gigant NetEase heeft bekendgemaakt dat het SkyBox Labs heeft overgenomen.
SkyBox Labs is een co-development studio die meehielp met de ontwikkeling van grote projecten waaronder Age of Empires IV, Halo Infinite en Fallout 76. Wat NetEase heeft uitgegeven voor de overname is niet bekend.
NetEease neemt de laatste tijd veel studio’s over en start nieuwe met belangrijke namen aan het roer. Zo hebben Nagoshi van SEGA en Kobayashi van Capcom, een eigen studio gekegren. De Franse Quantic Dream die momenteel werkt aan Star Wars Eclipse werd afgelopen jaar ook overgenomen door NetEase.
“Over the last decade, we’ve had the pleasure to work on beloved games such as Halo Infinite, Minecraft, and Fallout 76,” said SkyBox Labs co-founder Shyang Kong in a press release. “We remain committed to growing our presence in Canada, supporting our current and future partners, and co-developing more AAA games for some of the biggest game studios around the world. We have built a team of talented individuals who are passionate and creative, and by joining NetEase Games, we will also be able to accelerate our plans to pursue new creative opportunities, and enjoy access to world-class operational resources and the full breadth and depth of NetEase’s services so we can scale faster in Canada.”
NetEase Games president of global investment and partnerships Simon Zhu added, “We are thrilled to welcome SkyBox Labs to the NetEase Games family and are committed to creating an environment that allows them to thrive and operate independently as a game studio. We were impressed with their extensive experience in game development and are great admirers of their past work on some of the world’s leading franchises. We look forward to working with the SkyBox Labs co-founders and providing the resources needed to help them grow their presence in Canada as they continue to support top creators around the world in developing unforgettable gaming experiences for players.”
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