Tencent, the world’s biggest video game publisher is at it again, this time by acquiring a 5% stake in Black Myth: Wukong studio Game Science.
Video game analyst Daniel Ahmad of Niko Partners tweeted that Game Science will still operate autonomously, despite Tencent’s investment.
Tencent has acquired a 5% minority stake in Game Science, the developer of Black Myth: Wu Kong.
Game Science studio will continue to operate autonomously following this investment.
Game Science is a Chinese indie studio founded in 2014. https://t.co/WoDyBQqKcz
— Daniel Ahmad (@ZhugeEX) March 29, 2021
According to the CEO of Game Science, Yocar (Feng Ji), the acquisition resulted in Tencent and Epic Games providing Unreal Engine technical support. Beyond that, the project is still firmly under the supervision of Game Science.
Interestingly enough, Yocar was a former employee of Tencent. He left Tencent in 2014 to found his own game development studio just to develop an AAA game like Black Myth: Wukong.
Black Myth: Wukong exploded into internet popularity last year, making waves in both China and in the West. Despite being an indie studio, Game Science’s phenomenal work in creating early gameplay footage for Black Myth: Wukong has catapulted the studio into worldwide acclaim.
Black Myth: Wukong is a new Souls-like action RPG currently being made using Unreal Engine 4. At the time of writing, there is no planned release date for the game.
You can learn more about the game on its official website. Note that it is in Chinese.