The change in ownership comes after Tencent acquired Leyou Technologies Holdings – the former parent company of Splash Damage and majority shareholder of Digital Extremes since 2014 – through its subsidiary Image Frame Investment. In the wake of the acquisition, both developers have come forward assuring fans that they will remain creatively independent.
"Our acquisition will allow Splash Damage to operate as an independent entity within the Tencent family, while we get to leverage their expertise to allow us to build even greater games as we move into our third decade. We will have much more to say about all this next year." reads a post on the Splash Damage website.
In 2020, the studio has worked on Gears Tactics, Stadia exclusive Outcasters and helped support Gears 5's multiplayer mode. In the post, it also hints at projects it can't yet talk about.
"We will remain creatively independent, we expect no changes to Warframe or how our studio operates, and we will remain as dedicated ever to you, the community, who has been with us every step of the way since we launched Warframe." Digital Extremes said in a post of its own.
This recent acquisition is the latest in a long series that doesn't look likely to stop in the near future. Tencent also owns Riot Games, Funcom and other studios while having invested in developers like PlatinumGames.
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