Next Generation, a startup focusing on creating AI-generated virtual humans, secured a Series A+ worth about $5 million, led by Chinese gaming giant NetEase. Other investors of the round include The Arena Capital, Shunwei Capital, and CCV Capital. The round follows a $5 million Series A this July. Next Generation has developed virtual avatars for popular Chinese celebrities such as Dilraba Dilmurat and Huang Zitao. The company also co-developed AI Merror, a virtual persona, with Microsoft’s voice assistant Xiaoice. [36Kr, in Chinese]