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Tencent Lightspeed Studio 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 gaming industry, as well as connecting players and developers more closely in a shared ecosystem. I’m not sure what that means, but check out the company’s explanation, including some material from CEO Jerry Chen.To me it sounds a bit like Lightspeed’s version of the metaverse, where the universes of virtual worlds are all interconnected, just like in fiction avalanche and ready player one.
Lightspeed is owned by Tencent, formerly known as Lightspeed & Quantum Studios.
The vision of Lightspeed Universe is to create an ecosystem based on great story, great gameplay and next-generation technology that connects players and developers around the world.
As co-developer of global blockbuster PUBG Mobile (co-developed with Krafton, Inc.) and Apex Legends Mobile (co-developed with Electronic Arts), Lightspeed Studios has delivered over 50 PC and mobile games to over 4 billion registered users and 200 country and region.
Lightspeed Universe will create a world of experiences that players can enjoy anytime, anywhere on any platform or device, where developers can develop games faster and easier. This vision supports the next decade of global growth and development, fueled by continued investment in exceptional talent, advanced R&D and global platforms.
“The light-speed universe is an overall concept with research and development as its core,” Chen said in a statement. “Driven by the fusion of digital and real-world experiences, and driven by Lightspeed’s development capabilities, we aspire to set a new standard for original cross-platform, cross-cultural interactive experiences. Our goal is to engage and inspire players and developers, and give Future generations leave a lasting and positive impression.”
speed of light pictures
Lightspeed Universe will feature an ambitious open world based on original intellectual property and next-gen experiences. To explore how its IP translates into animation, TV and film, Lightspeed Studios today announced the launch of Lightspeed Pictures, a new subsidiary brand designed to create experiences that go beyond gaming.
Today, Lightspeed Studios updated its name and brand identity to advance its vision to 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 developing new games for the console and PC markets.
Lightspeed Studios is also upgrading its development infrastructure to develop better games faster with advanced designs and high-quality production value. Lightspeed Studios showcased its dedicated and experienced technology and art center, part of a global development platform serving Lightspeed and its partners.
new global offices
Lightspeed Studios’ Singapore office now serves as an R&D innovation and integration hub, helping coordinate its R&D pipeline and global operations, and serving as a base for exploring cutting-edge technologies such as AR, VR and cloud gaming.
Making great games requires great people, and Lightspeed Studios will expand to ten countries this year, growing its team globally, hiring great 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 who were previously responsible for some of the world’s more popular, innovative and most popular games. Lightspeed LA is building an ambitious open-world game with sophisticated player-driven gameplay and enlightened storytelling. Uncapped Games is building an action-packed real-time strategy game for PC.
“The road ahead is full of uncertainties, but our dream remains the same – to be one of the best game developers in the world. Lightspeed Universe is an ecosystem that connects players and developers around the world, and is our vision and vision for the next decade. blueprint,” Chen said.
I asked if the speed of light universe was a metaverse. In his reply, Chen said, “Our vision for the next decade is to create an ecosystem that connects players and developers around the world. It’s based on a great story, great gameplay, and next-generation technology. It covers all genres, platforms, all Devices. It explores how Lightspeed gaming IP and experiences translate into animation, TV and film, and builds Lightspeed’s R&D capabilities as a development platform for developers and partners.”
He added: “The Lightspeed Universe considers the metaverse, but we see it differently. We have a broader, more practical view. As the boundaries between the physical and digital worlds disappear, brands, businesses and players will New forms of connection and entertainment emerge.”
“There is a huge opportunity to create new experiences and reinvent existing ones,” he said.
At Lightspeed, we call this concept “Hyper-Digital Reality.”
The company is setting it up now, in part because of what it’s accomplished so far and how players have reacted to PUBG Mobile and Apex Legends Mobile recently.
“We have built a solid foundation, are rapidly growing our team and presence in multiple markets, and are excited about our next phase of global growth and development,” Chen said. “Now is the perfect time for us to share our vision and approach with developers and players around the world. The new Lightspeed Studios brand sets the stage for the next phase of our journey.”
New World unites existing studios, games and talent to focus on the future, including developing 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 the great people, great content and great experiences that define Lightspeed Studios.”
In addition to the above two games, Lightspeed is also developing a new open-world survival game, Dawn, which features a great shooting experience and an excellent crafting system.
Mr. Chen said in the CEO letter: “From 2008 to 2022, with the concept of creating self-developed high-quality games, we have launched more than 50 PC and mobile games in more than 200 countries and regions. We have combined our product portfolio Expanding to more than 10 genres, including tactical tournament games, shooters, 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 have also grown rapidly. During this period, we have launched iconic games such as PUBG MOBILE (co-developed with Krafton, Inc.) and Apex Legends Mobile (co-developed with Electronic Arts) ). We partner with outstanding developers such as Krafton, Inc., Riot Games and Electronic Arts. We have strengthened our R&D capabilities, gained valuable experience, and expanded our international production pipeline, talent team and user base.”
More future creations of the company will have original intellectual property rights.
“As we enter a new era with new opportunities and challenges, we face new and different questions: How will Lightspeed games look, play and feel in the future? The best way to develop our relationships with players and developers What is it? How can our work have a positive impact and improve society?” Chen said. “In 13 years, we have grown tremendously, from a team of 100 in China to nearly 4,000 employees worldwide. A shared passion for gaming has brought us together. We have grown as our business has prospered. How will we continue to innovate and grow in the future?”
Companies will be looking for global talent.
“We are opening new offices and hiring great talent around the world, including China, Singapore, the US (Los Angeles, Palo Alto, Seattle), Canada (Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver), the UK, France, New Zealand, Japan, South Korea and United Arab Emirates (Dubai). We are also building a global network of studios and functional teams,” Chen said.
He said the company would respect local cultures and support flexible global work. Teams will work on a wide range of technologies.
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