Embracer Group Acquires Ukrainian Studio 4A Games; METRO EXODUS Creators Are Working on 2 New Titles
Embracer Group (formerly known as THQ Nordic AB) has officially acquired eight new studios, including 4A Games, the Ukrainian-Maltese developer responsible for Metro 2033, Metro: Last Light, and Metro Exodus.
The Swedish company has officially purchased the following studios: New World Interactive (Day of Infamy, Insurgency: Sandstorm), Deca Games (Realm of the Mad God Exalt), Vermila Studios (Crisol: Theater of Idols), Rare Earth Games, Palindrome Interactive (Immortal Realms: Vampire Wars), Pow Wow Entertainment, the aforementioned 4A Games, and also Sola Media, a German sales agent of international film and TV rights.
Furthermore, Embracer Group has confirmed that 4A Games — wholly-owned through its subsidiary Saber Interactive — is currently working on two big projects: a mysterious online game co-created by Saber, and also "a brand new AAA IP that leverages its decade of experience on developing the Metro series."
"With the acquisition of 4A Games, Saber Interactive is locking-up one of the best indie studios in the industry with the potential and capacity to take on another AAA project and are also internalizing the value of existing and future IPs into the Group," Saber Interactive CEO Matt Karch said. "Saber solidifies its position as a leader in the CIS and Ukrainian game developer market. Combining our technology and capabilities with 4A Games presents tremendous opportunity for growth and expansion."
It's worth remembering that Embracer's never-stopping acquisition spree has allowed the Karlstad-based company to assemble an impressive catalogue of world-famous game series, including Saints Row, Dead Island, Darksiders, Metro, Titan Quest, Kingdoms of Amalur, Time Splitters, Destroy All Humans, Jagged Alliance, Homefront, Alone in the Dark, Act of War, SpellForce, Kingdom Come, Gothic, Risen, and Elex.