Digital Extremes has announced that Tencent is now the parent company, but insists that they will “Stay creative independently with ambitious plans for 2021.”
In the statement on their website, Digital Extremes explains that Hong Kong-based video game holding company Leyou had bought the majority of its shares in 201
The developer repeatedly insisted that they will remain “Creatively independent,” as they did during the six-year period with Leyou. “We do not expect any changes to Warframe or how our studio works,” Digital Extremes explains, “And we will remain equally dedicated 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 operate without interruption.
“Will Digital Extremes still use Warframe independently?
Yes, we will continue to create great content for Warframe, and we will be creatively independent. Our focus will continue to be on listening to you, our community, upgrading Warframe based on your feedback, and developing the kind of great stories, games and incredible new space ninja action you’ve 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 this lead to any changes in the gameplay of Warframe?
Warframes’ direction will remain in the hands of the development team, which is 100% dedicated to society. We came here because of you! Our creative goals remain steadily focused on expanding on the next generation consoles (Xbox Series X / S), innovating with The New War, continuing with intense space battles (Corpus Railjack) and 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, Digital Extremes is best known for Warframe. Their previous titles include Home front, The Darkness II, Dark sector, and more classic Unreal titles.
Tencent’s portfolio includes becoming a major shareholder for Marvelous in January 2020, 100% stake in Riot Games, 80% in Grinding Gear Games, 40% in Epic Games, 29% in Funcom, 5% in Activision Blizzard, 5% in Ubisoft, 5% in Paradox Interactive, a “large investment ” in PlatinumGames and others.
Tencent also opened LightSpeed LA this year, which is already working on an open AAA PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X game. The subsidiary TiMi Studios is also working on Metal Slug Code: Jand free MOBA Pokemon Unite.
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