Lucid Games – the developer of PS5’s well-intentioned but ultimately ill-fated destruction derby-style outing Destruction AllStars – has been gobbled up by LightSpeed Studios, a subsidiary of Chinese behemoth Tencent. The latest in a long, long line of gaming acquisitions, the Liverpool-based outfit says it’ll continue to operate independently, despite the buyout.
There were strong rumours at one point that Lucid Games was working on a Twisted Metal title, although development was allegedly transferred to fresh first-party Firesprite, which is also based in Merseyside. In addition to making Destruction AllStars, the team has also plied its trade as a support studio, contributing to various big name games like EA Sports PGA Tour and Star Wars Jedi: Survivor.
Despite the promise of continued independence, we’re going to assume Lucid Games will be assigned to support work on various upcoming and existing Tencent titles, although that’s purely speculation on our part. Either way, this does somewhat stabilise the studio’s financial situation, and it also says it’ll benefit from LightSpeed’s global network and technology capabilities.