Saber Interactive, the developer behind both an incredible Nintendo Switch port and games like World War Z, has been acquired by Embracer Group. The deal, for $525 million, brings Saber under the Embracer umbrella as its fifth subsidiary.
Formerly THQ Nordic AB, Embracer Group adopted the new name last year in order to separate its holding company from that of its subsidiary, THQ Nordic. Other parts of the group include Deep Silver, Koch Media, Coffee Stain, and several other developers.
Saber Interactive is known for developing World War Z, its fairly popular co-op zombie survival game, as well as recent Nintendo Switch ports like Vampyr and the absolutely massive The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt.
"Saber has been on our radar for a very long time because of their deep history of consistently high-quality work," said Lars Wingefors, founder and CEO of Embracer Group, in a statement. "Their ambitious moves towards self-funding projects in recent years have been particularly impressive, especially with World War Z, which sold more than three million units. While Saber will remain a standalone company within Embracer Group, we look forward to collaborating with them to elevate their ability to create and market premier titles."
Yesterday, the Switch version of The Witcher 3 was updated with cross-save functionality for the PC and Switch versions. CD Projekt Red confirmed in a statement to USgamer that the feature was designed specifically for the Switch version alongside Saber Interactive, and it had "no plans" to bring similar functionality to other versions of the game.
Embracer Group, meanwhile, keeps expanding with a massive amount of studios under its wing, including THQ Nordic and Little Nightmares developer Tarsier Studios.