Congrats on negotiating that, and thanks for being transparent with us <3 Sounds like it's for the best, and I look forward to seeing you guys continue developing amazing games!
Some people are getting particularly nasty in the comments, but I know none of them are really taking into account the absolute nightmare that the past year and beyond has been for everyone, let alone a small team trying to keep an independent studio of any size running. I'm sure even with it being positive and in the studio & team's best interest, management must have been stressing about making a change like this long before finalizing with Tencent, too. It's a complex decision with a lot of factors (and not just negative ones like people seem to be assuming).
I can understand people being worried, but these decisions are not made overnight. There's a lot of preparation and time involved as it is, and yet you also put in the work to find someone you were confident would respect and grant full creative control - and like you said, you've been working with them since 2016. There's already a working relationship there.
I support you, I'm not here to assume or speculate (apart from 2020 = Bad for Everyone™ haha). All that matters is that you guys knew this was a decision that needed to be made...and the biggest thing for me is that you clearly put in the time and fought tooth and nail to get someone that would allow you to maintain creative control/autonomy. From what I understand, that's insanely hard to find in the industry so I'm sure other "easier" options came up before Tencent did, but you bid your time and searched for the best possible route. Finding it probably involved a good deal of sacrifice, time and otherwise - but you did it anyway.
Because you care. You care about what you do and the games you craft. You care about all the people your games touch, care about us.
You are one of the few studios that seem to genuinely take care of your devs and try to actively promote a healthy work environment and fight crunch. You've made donations to important causes, and have helped lift other developers and studios around you, giving devs and games a chance to thrive that they may not have had otherwise. You all are truly an inspiration and a force to be reckoned with.
So the only thing I care about? That you can stick around and keep that up. And you deserve to have stability, to take care of yourselves, and be able to grow while doing it. As with any major decision, this seems like it was probably a hard, complicated one - and also an important one and an opportunity for you all. I hope it lightens the load a bit so you guys get to continue focusing on what you love! You've been in the game for quite a while, I trust you
Thank you, for all you do. I look forward to continue supporting you!
A ride-or-die Klei fan