Early Wednesday, developer Milky Tea announced that Tencent Holdings Limited, a well known internet service provider in China, has invested in the company.
Milky Tea is currently working on their third IP, HyperBrawl Tournament, which features fast paced competitive gameplay where Players must pass a ball around around a unique map and attempt to throw it in the opposing player’s goal. Inspired by games such as Speedball, Rocket League and Battlerite, HyperBrawl Tournament features 1v1, 2v2, and single player gameplay modes.
Milky Tea’s Founder and Managing Director, Jonathan Holmes released a statement saying, “This partnership marks a turning-point in Milky Tea’s history. The scale of it really hasn’t hit home just yet, but we are all really proud to be part of the Tencent family and we couldn’t ask for better partners. Everyone at Tencent has gone above and beyond our expectations to make this happen and from a personal point of view, it’s a dream come true. It allows us as a team to focus on making the kind of high quality games that we’ve always dreamed of making. My ambition is to turn Milky Tea into a mini MTV meets Pixar of the Video Gaming World. The hard work starts now, as we take the studio onto the next level – our best work is definitely yet to come. With Tencent supporting us, it’s like the studio just got some rocket fuel!”
Last month, Tencet purchased stock in a different developer, Frontier Developments, who has worked on titles such as Elite: Dangerous and Planet Coaster. They have also invested in companies outside of the gaming industry.
Currently, HyperBrawl Tournament is in development for Switch and PC-via Steam set to release in early 2018, the game is available now on Steam Early Access.