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Tencent’s Lightspeed Studios has unveiled its vision for the next decade, the Lightspeed universe.
It’s all about enabling the next phase of growth and development for the game industry, as well as connecting players and developers more closely to the shared ecosystem. I’m not sure what that means, but check out the company’s explanation, which includes some content from CEO Jerry Chen. To me, it feels like the Lightspeed version of Metavers, the universe of virtual worlds that are all interconnected, as in the novels. Snow crash And Ready Player One,
Lightspeed is owned by Tencent, and was previously known as Lightspeed and Quantum Studios.
Lightspeed Universe is a vision of creating an ecosystem that connects players and developers from around the world based on great stories, great gameplay and next-generation technology.
Lightspeed Studios, co-developer of global blockbusters PUBG Mobile (co-developed with Krafton, Inc.) and Apex Legends Mobile (co-developed with Electronic Arts), has distributed over 50 PC and mobile games to over four billion registered users. . 200 countries and territories.
Lightspeed Universe will create a world of experiences that players can enjoy anywhere, anytime and on any platform or device and where developers can develop games quickly and easily. This vision supports the next decade of global growth and development driven by exceptional talent, advanced research and development and continued investment in global platforms.
“The Lightspeed Universe is a holistic concept with research and development at its core.” Chen said in a statement. “Powered by the integration of digital and real-world experiences and fueled by the development capabilities of Lightspeed, we aim to set a new standard for original cross-platform, cross-cultural interactive experiences. Our goal is to captivate and inspire players and developers and leave a lasting and positive impression on future generations. ”
Lightspeed Universe will feature an ambitious open world based on native intellectual property and next-generation experiences. To explore how IP translates it into animation, TV and movies, Lightspeed Studios today announced Lightspeed Pictures, a new subsidiary brand for creating non-sports experiences.
Today, Lightspeed Studios has updated its name and brand identity to further its vision and make it easier for players and developers to immerse themselves in the Lightspeed universe. Lightspeed Studios unites existing studios, games and talent to focus on the future, including the development of new games for the console and PC markets.
Lightspeed Studio is also upgrading its development framework to quickly develop better games with advanced design and high-quality product values. Lightspeed Studios unveiled its dedicated and experienced technology and art centers, part of a global development platform that serves Lightspeed and its partners.
New global offices
Lightspeed Studios’ Singapore office now serves as the R&D Innovation and Integration Center, helping to coordinate its R&D pipeline and global operations, as well as a base for exploring cutting-edge technologies such as AR, VR and cloud gaming.
Creating great games requires great talent, and Lightspeed Studios is expanding to ten countries this year, growing its teams around the world, hiring outstanding developers who want to break new ground and make a global impact. Two examples include its US studios – Lightspeed LA and Uncapped Games, led by world-class developers, previously responsible for some of the world’s most popular, innovative and best-loved games. LIGHTSPEED LA is building an ambitious open-world game with state-of-the-art player-driven gameplay, enlightened storytelling. Uncapped Games is creating an action-packed PC real-time strategy game.
“The road ahead is uncertain, but our dream remains the same – to become one of the best game developers in the world. The Lightspeed Universe, an ecosystem that connects players and developers from around the world, is our vision and blueprint for the coming decade, “said Chen.
I asked if the lightspeed universe is metavars. In a response, Chen said, “Our vision for the next decade is to build an ecosystem connecting players and developers from around the world. It is based on great stories, great gameplay and next-generation technology. It embraces all genres, platforms, all devices.” Explore how Lightspeed Game translates IP and experiences into animation, TV and movies and builds Lightspeed’s research and development capabilities into a development platform for developers and partners. “
He added, “The Lightspeed Universe thinks of Metavers, but we think differently. We have a more comprehensive, yet practical approach. As the boundaries between the physical and digital worlds melt, connectivity for brands, businesses and players And new forms of entertainment will emerge.
And he said, “There are so many opportunities to create new experiences and change existing ones
At Lightspeed, we call this concept “hyper digital reality.”
The company is now setting it up partly because of what it has accomplished so far and how players have recently responded to PUBG Mobile and Apex Legends Mobile.
“We have built a strong foundation, rapidly expanding our teams and presence in multiple markets and are excited about the next phase of our global growth and development,” Chen said. “Now is the right time for us to share our vision and approach with developers and players around the world. The new Lightspeed Studio brand underpins the next phase of our journey.”
The new universe unites current studios, games and talent to focus on the future, including the development of new games for the console and PC markets.
“It connects us more deeply with developers and players, allowing them to easily follow and participate in the Lightspeed universe,” Chen said. “It highlights great people, great content and great experiences that define Lightspeed Studio.”
In addition to the two games mentioned above, Lightspeed is also developing a new open world survival game, Undone, with an excellent shooting experience and a fabulous crafting system.
In his CEO letter, Chen said, “From 2008 to 2022, guided by our philosophy of creating self-developed, high-quality games, we have launched more than 50 PC and mobile games in over 200 countries and territories. We’ve expanded our portfolio into more than 10 genres, including strategic tournament games, shooter games, card and board games, MOBAs, MMOs, sports games, music games, and simulation games. Today, our global monthly active user base exceeds 400 million. “
He added, “Our overall user base and global revenue has also grown rapidly. During this time, we have given prestigious titles such as PUBG MOBILE (co-developed with Krafton, Inc.) and Apex Legends Mobile (co-developed with Electronic Arts). We’ve partnered with great developers like Krafton, Inc., Riot Games and Electronic Arts. We have strengthened our research and development capabilities, gained valuable experience and increased our international production pipeline, talent teams and user base. ”
More of the company’s creations in the future will be with original intellectual property.
“As we enter a new era, with new opportunities and challenges, we are faced with new and different questions: How will Lightspeed Games look, play and experience in the future? What is the best way to enhance our relationships with players and developers? The positive impact of our work and how to improve society, “said Chen.” We’ve grown tremendously in 13 years, from a team of 100 in China to nearly 4,000 employees worldwide. Our shared passion for sports brought us together. As we grow, so do we. As we face the future together, how do we continue to innovate and evolve? “
And the company will find global talent.
“We are opening new offices and recruiting great talents from around the world, including China, Singapore, the United States (Los Angeles, Palo Alto, Seattle), Canada (Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver), the United Kingdom, France, New Zealand and Japan. South Korea and the United Arab Emirates (Dubai). We are also building a global network of studios and functional teams, “said Chen.
He said the company would respect local culture and support flexible global work. And teams will work on a wide range of technologies.
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