Netease Games’ arsenal continues to grow day after day, with a new symbolic step over the Chinese publisher: the group’s video game division announced today the creation of its first American studio, Jackalope Games, based in Austin, in Texas.

Already established in Montreal for a few years, Netease Games entrusted the reins of the studio to Jack Emmert, an industry veteran who notably worked on City of Heroes, Neverwinter, Star Trek Online and DC Universe Online. Projects with a strong online component, which should give serious indices on the walking of projects to follow on consoles and PC. Emmert does not say better when he declares that the team and himself share “The same passion: to create online universes engaging for players around the world. Netease Games provides the support and the resources necessary to build a large studio and big games.

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The parent company specifies that the first studio will operate independently, to keep creative autonomy in development as well as in publishing. The first project remains entirely funded by Netease Games. Recently, the video game branch has pointed out with the acquisition of Grasshopper Manufacture, the creation of Nagoshi Studio with the creator of Yakuza at its head, but also increasingly persistent rumors evoking a entire redemption of the French Fleur Dream.

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