London, UK - February 22 - 2022
Improbable - the British technology company creating the critical infrastructure to power the coming age of virtual worlds and the metaverse - announced today it has sold the entirety of its stake in development studio Inflexion Studios to Tencent. The details of the agreement are undisclosed. The sale of the operation supports Improbable’s strategy, unveiled earlier this year, aimed at accelerating on Metaverse activities and refocusing the company’s content strategy.
Inflexion Games is based in Edmonton, Canada, where CEO Aaryn Flynn (Mass Effect, Dragon Age, and Star Wars: The Old Republic) will continue to lead operations as the studio develops its first game, shared-world survival crafting title Nightingale. The acquisition will add Nightingale to the line-up of upcoming games from Tencent’s global gaming brand , Level Infinite.
“As announced at the end of January, and while we focus our efforts on accelerating in the metaverse, we want to make sure that the games developed by our internal studios benefit from the support of publishers with leading track records of bringing games to market. So we couldn’t have hoped to have found a better partner than Tencent for Inflexion Games and for Nightingale,” said Improbable CEO, Herman Narula. “We look forward to our continued collaboration with Aaryn and the Inflexion Games team as they explore potential use of our technology offerings for Nightingale and beyond.”
“The highly talented team at Inflexion Games has a proven track record of developing engaging universes that combine compelling action with great gameplay. The initial reaction to Nightingale has been incredibly positive and we look forward to supporting Inflexion in realising its vision for this and future titles,” said Pete Smith, VP Partnerships for Tencent Games Global.
“It’s a privilege to work with the Tencent family,” said Aaryn Flynn, CEO of Inflexion Games. “The depth of knowledge and expertise that Tencent’s global teams provide, and their empowerment of our team’s independence and creative spirit, offer an invaluable opportunity for collaboration. We look forward to working together on Nightingale’s Early Access launch later this year.”
Nightingale is due to launch on PC in Early Access later this year. For more information visit www.playnightingale.com.
Improbable is a British technology company, creating the critical infrastructure to power the coming age of virtual worlds and the metaverse. Improbable partners with developers in video games, entertainment, and with defence and academic institutions to enable powerful, virtual worlds of unprecedented size and usefulness.
Tencent uses technology to enrich the lives of internet users. Its communication and social services, Weixin and QQ, connect users with each other and with digital content and services, both online and offline, making their lives more convenient. Its targeted advertising service helps advertisers reach out to hundreds of millions of consumers in China. Tencent’s fintech and business services support partners’ business growth and assist their digital upgrade. Tencent was founded in Shenzhen, China in 1998. Shares of Tencent (00700.HK) are listed on the Main Board of the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong.
About Inflexion Games
Inflexion Studios was founded in 2018 by Aaryn Flynn, alongside a number of ex-BioWare developers, with previous credits including venerated franchises Mass Effect, Dragon Age and Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic. The team has grown to over 100 staff, including AAA veterans and new game developers, united in pursuit of enriching virtual worlds with depth, history and opportunity. For more information, visit www.inflexion.io.