Berlin's Yager, best known for developing 2012's Spec Ops: The Line, is now the latest game developer and publisher to attract investment from Chinese conglomerate Tencent. With the funding, Yager will continue to operate independently while expanding its business, beginning with continued support for the free-to-play PvPvE title The Cycle.
GamesIndustry.biz reports that, while Yager and Tencent have not disclosed the sum of the investment, Yager CEO Timo Ulmann says the studio is "confident that this will greatly enhance the scope of [its] business." The investment will support ongoing development of The Cycle, Yager's first self-published title, and unannounced projects from the studio.
Tencent, owner of Riot Games and prominent investor in western game companies including Activision Blizzard, Epic Games, and Ubisoft, recently invested in PlatinumGames, another developer that has turned to self-publishing its games. Last month, Tencent also launched a bid to fully acquire Conan Exiles developer Funcom.
Spec Ops: The Line, Yager's bold and searingly critical take on military first-person shooters, landed at number 41 on USG's list of the Top 100 Game of the Decade. After releasing Spec Ops: The Line, Yager worked on Dead Island 2 and the 2017 PvP space combat game Dreadnought before moving on to The Cycle.
In USG's preview of The Cycle from early last year, Mike found that its mix of PvP combat with objectives and PvE hazards had promise. The Cycle launched in early access for the PC via the Epic Games Store last August and just entered its second season.