Destiny 2 developer Bungie has announced it has started a new “partnership” with NetEase, a Chinese internet technology company, to possibly create a new game unrelated to Destiny.
In a recent blog post from the developer, it was revealed NetEase would aid it in exploring a “bold vision.” “With their industry expertise, they’ll empower us to build new worlds and invite players, new and old, to join us there,” Bungie wrote.
Interestingly, the Chinese company has held an ongoing regional partnership with Blizzard to operate some of its Battle.net international titles, of which Destiny 2 is one, as are World of Warcraft, Overwatch, Hearthstone, StarCraft II, and Diablo III.
While the post didn’t reveal whether or not the deal was an acquisition, NetEase reportedly invested $100 million to gain a minority stake in Bungie, according to Bungie’s CEO Pete Parsons (via GameIndustry.biz). As for the possibility that the deal is a way for Bungie to bring its titles to the Chinese market, Parsons said “there’s no explicit deal” to publish Bungie’s games in China. He also revealed that NetEase’s experience with mobile gaming was a factor in forming the partnership.
At this point, it’s unclear if Bungie will create a new console or mobile title with the aid of NetEase, but the developer did confirm the partnership won’t impact Destiny 2 or its relationship with Activision. “Our commitment to that world is not diminished by this announcement,” it wrote. “We have exciting plans for the future of the Destiny franchise, and you’ll learn more about the next steps we’ll take together in the weeks to come.”
Destiny 2 players were recently promised to hear more about the future of the shooter on June 5th, as Bungie will be holding a live Twitch stream to cover the shooter’s upcoming second year. The event is expected to be when the developer unveils details about the next expansion, which will supposedly include a feature not yet seen in the first-person shooter genre.