Digital Extremes has announced that Tencent is now their parent company, but insists they will “Stay creatively independent with ambitious plans for 2021.”
In the statement on their website, Digital Extremes explains that Leyou, a video game holding company in Hong Kong, bought the majority of their shares in 2014. Tencent has now acquired Leyou, which has become the new parent company for Digital Extremes.
The developer has repeatedly insisted that they stay “Creatively independent,” as they did during the six-year period with Leyou. “We do not expect any changes to Warframe or the operation of our studio,” Digital Extremes explains, “And we will remain just as committed to you, the community, who have been with us every step of the way since we launched Warframe.”
The Q&A segment continues to emphasize that Digital Extremes will work without interference.
‘Will Digital Extremes still run Warframe independently?
Yes, we will continue to create great content for Warframe and we will remain creatively independent. Our focus will be happy to listen to you, our community, upgrade Warframe based on your feedback and develop the kind of amazing stories, gameplay and incredible new space ninja action you expected from us. Tencent is known for respecting the creative decisions and integrity of its studios, and for giving them the autonomy and independence to experiment, innovate and thrive.
Will it cause any changes in the gameplay of Warframe?
Warframe’s leadership will remain in the hands of its development team, which is 100% committed to its community. We arrived here because of you! Our creative goals remain steadfastly focused on the expansion of the next generation consoles (Xbox Series X / S), innovation with The New War, progress with intense space battles (Corpus Railjack) and even more surprises in 2021.
Will the Chinese version of Warframe get better or faster updates than in the West?
Currently, the Chinese version of Warframe is far behind its Western counterpart. We are already working with Tencent to bring updates to the Chinese version. ”
As mentioned above, Digital Extremes is best known for Warframe. Their previous titles include Home Front, The Darkness II, Dark sector, and several classics Unreal titles.
Tencent’s portfolio includes being the largest shareholder for Marvelous in January 2020, 100% ownership of Riot Games, 80% of Grinding Gear Games, 40% in Epic Games, 29% in Funcom, 5% in Activision Blizzard, 5% in Ubisoft , 5% in Paradox Interactive, a “big investment ” in PlatinumGames, and others.
Tencent also opened LightSpeed LA this year, which is already working on an open-world AAA PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X game. Subsidiary TiMi Studios is also working on it Metal Slug Code: J, and MOBA starting free Pokémon unite.
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