Just two months after Tencent bought a 5% stake in Assassin's Creed developer Ubisoft to save it from a hostile takeover, NetEase is now pumping US$100 million into Halo's creator Bungie. NetEase operates several online games in mainland China, including World of Warcraft, Overwatch, and StarCraft 2.
"With their industry expertise, they'll empower us to build new worlds and invite players, new and old, to join us there", said a Bungie spokesperson.
"We're excited to announce that we've entered into a new partnership with NetEase to help us explore new directions", reads the blog.
While it's unknown if we'll see what kind of expansions are coming for the second year just yet, we will, at the very least, get a look at some of the upgrades being made to Destiny 2.
As with Taken King, it's very likely that Destiny 2: Forsaken will launch alongside a bundle that includes all prior content and this new expansion.
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Bungie will reveal new details about the next "Destiny 2" expansion in a live-stream on its official Twitch channel Tuesday at 9 a.m. PT. The developer is now part of a 10-year deal with publisher Activision to create Destiny content.
Bungie stressed that it is still working on the Destiny franchise with publisher Activision.
Also in its statement, Bungie said its ambition as a studio is to "become an entertainment company that sustains many worlds simultaneously". The Destiny franchise will "grow for many years to come", Bungie said.
That doesn't mean whatever Bungie is working on is a mobile-only title, but it definitely sounds like it'll appear on smartphones as well. Our commitment to that world is not diminished by this announcement.