Embracer Group, the parent company of THQ Nordic and Koch Media, has just expanded its ranks with eight new additions. Amongst the acquisitions are Metro developers 4A Games and the makers of the Insurgency series New World Interactive, both of which will operate independently under another recent Embracer purchase: Saber Interactive.
For 4A Games, the acquisition brings word that the team and its new parent Saber (which joined Embracer in February) are now working on "an entirely new project" that depends upon Saber's multiplayer and live service experience, as well as a "brand new AAA IP that leverages [4A's] decade of experience on developing the Metro series." On top of these projects, 4A will keep exploring the Metro franchise with series creator Dmitry Glukhovsky.
New World Interactive is working on an unannounced project based on a new intellectual property and will work with Saber to bring console versions of 2018's Insurgency: Sandstorm to market in 2021. Additionally, it plans to add more than 50 people to its Canada-based team by expanding its Calgary office and opening up a new studio in Montreal.
The other five game studios joining Embracer include Deca Games, Vermila Studios, Rare Earth Games, Palindrome Interactive, and Pow Wow Entertainment. Also joining Embracer's portfolio is Sola Media, a sales agent and distributor for international film and TV rights focused on kids and family entertainment.
Based on figures Embracer announced in May, this brings the total number of games in development across all its studios to somewhere north of 120 titles. It expects to launch its first triple-A release following last year's Metro Exodus in the fiscal year ending March 31, 2022, and from that point forward plans to launch at least one triple-A game per year.