Bungie Announces Partnership with Chinese Tech Giant NetEase to ‘Explore New Directions’

Bungie’s new partnership won’t affect Destiny.

Bungie has partnered with Chinese tech giant NetEase for its future projects.

As detailed on a recent blog post, the partnership will help Bungie become an entertainment company which can “explore new directions” and “build new worlds.” However, the studio didn’t share any specific details about what these projects might be, and whether any new game beyond the Destiny franchise is in development.

“Today, we’re excited to announce that we’ve entered into a new partnership with NetEase to help us explore new directions,” Bungie’s statement reads.

“With their industry expertise, they’ll empower us to build new worlds and invite players, new and old, to join us there. They’ll help us support separate teams inside Bungie to bring our newest ambitions to life.”

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NetEase operates Overwatch and World of Warcraft in the Chinese market, and has also produced some of China’s biggest PC-based online games, such as Fantasy Westward Journey II and New Westward Journey Online II.

Bungie also made sure to state this partnership won’t have an affect on the Destiny universe, as the developer will continue to work with Activision on the series for the next several years.

Be sure to read IGN’s review of Destiny 2’s latest DLC, Warmind. And stay tuned next week for Bungie’s reveal of Year 2 of Destiny content on June 5.

Alex Gilyadov is a freelance writer for IGN. Be sure to check out his YouTube channel and follow him on Twitter.

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