Tencent's acquisition of Leyou means that Digital Extremes are now owned by the former, but the dev insists this means nothing for Warframe, as they'll retain creative independence.
Digital Extremes reminded that Leyou had purchased majority shares back in 2014, but it had little to do with the studio's work since, which strongly suggests Tencent's ownership will be business as usual.
"We will remain creatively independent, we expect no changes to Warframe or how our studio operates, and we will remain as dedicated ever to you, the community, who has been with us every step of the way since we launched Warframe", they wrote.
The studio stressed that Tencent is well known for respecting the integrity of their studios, as well as giving them room to "experiment, innovate and thrive". And to be fair, the publishing giant has been surprisingly hands-off from most of their investments.
In case you're still having doubts, Digital Extremes made it crystal clear what their priorities are:
"Warframe’s direction will remain in the hands of its development team, which is 100% dedicated to its community. We got here because of you! Our creative goals remain steadfastly focused on expanding on next-generation consoles (Xbox Series X/S), innovating with The New War, forging ahead with intense space battles (Corpus Railjack), and more surprises in 2021."
Warframe has recently started teasing the Operation: Orphix Venom and Lavos, the new frame coming in the same update. Players can now rest assured that nothing will change in the wonderfully mutating world of Warframe, as the acquisition does not interfere with the creative decision-making.
You can find Digital Extremes' blog post on the official website .