The Embracer Group has acquired the creators of Metro and 7 other studios, here are the details of what we can expect after the acquisition.
The parent company of THQ Nordic and Deep Silver has also bought the team behind the Insurgency action saga.
Months after announcing that they were not ruling out buying more studios, THQ Nordic’s parent company has announced the acquisition of up to eight new teams to add to its already immense working group, with some notable new additions such as that of the authors of the Metro saga, which are now part of the Embracer Group, and will work independently under the umbrella of Saber Interactive, the authors of the hit World War Z, which the group bought just a few months ago.
4A Games is working on a new creative license, and on a joint multiplayer project with Saber Interactive
Interestingly and to our surprise, both studios are collaborating on the development of a new video game that “combines the triple A production values of 4A Games, the graphics and the studio’s technology, with the experience of Saber Interactive in multiplayer games.” In addition, they announce, the studio has begun work on a new triple-A creative license “that takes advantage of its ten years of experience working on the Metro saga.”
A4 Games head Dean Sharpe said the studio will next work on a multiplayer Metro game and a “more ambitious new IP”.
Nothing else is known about these projects, although the truth is that 4A Games has been recruiting new creatives for a season to work on future video games. That said, as we already anticipated, Embracer Group has bought another seven more studios, among which are the authors of the action series Insurgency, the New World Interactive team. They will also work in Saber Interactive Label, with whom they are collaborating in the development of the console version of Insurgency: Sandstorm, which will be released in the first half of 2021, predictably with versions for PS5 and Xbox Series X. On the other hand, they work on an unannounced game, something new, but from its own creative license.
The list of new acquisitions also includes the authors of the curious MisBits, currently in early access, the creators of Immortal Realms: Vampire Wars, or even a new studio made up of industry veterans, Rare Earth Games, who will focus on developing multiplayer action games for PC, consoles and cloud services, or the Madrid studio Vermila Studios, authors of Crisol: Theater of Idols. The full list of new studios purchased by Embracer Group is as follows:
- 4A Games (Metro Saga)
- New World Interactive (Insurgency: Sandstorm)
- Pow Wow Entertainment (Misbits)
- Palindrome Interactive (Immortal Realms: Vampire Wars)
- DECA Games (experts in mobile and free to play games)
- Rare Earth Games (new studio made up of veterans)
- Sola Media (specialists in managing TV and film rights)
- Vermila Studios (Crucible: Theater of Idols)
Just a few months ago, the Embracer Group announced that it had about 120 games in development, of which about 70 had not yet been released. With these new acquisitions, the parent company of THQ continues to grow very strong in the video game industry.
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