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THQ Nordic and Deep Silver parent company acquires 13 more studios

Apr 19, 2020
Embracer Group--a company that serves as the parent for THQ Nordic, Saber Interactive, and Deep Silver--has just acquired 13 different game studios, continuing its meteoric growth over the last few years.

Announced during a quarterly report on November 18, Embracer Group has purchased the following studios:

  • A Thinking Ape Entertainment
  • Zen Studios
  • Snapshot Games
  • Nimble Giant Entertainment
  • 34BigThings
  • Mad Head Games
  • Sandbox Strategies
  • Purple Lamp Studios
  • IUGO Mobile Entertainment
  • Quantic Lab
  • Coffee Stain North
  • Silent Games
  • Flying Wild Hog
Not all of these companies are necessarily household names, but Flying Wild Hog created the recent well-received Shadow Warrior games, and it's currently working on Shadow Warrior 3. That game is set to be published by Devolver Digital, and it has other projects in the works for Jagex and Focus Home Interactive. These will still be published by these companies despite the sale.

Zen Studios, meanwhile, is best known for its digital pinball games, and it recently partnered with Arcade1Up to produce at-home physical pinball tables. It will operate under Saber Interactive and will continue expanding into RPGs after the sale.

Snapshot Games, which has offices in the United States and Bulgaria, created the strategy game Phoenix Point. It is a spiritual successor to the original XCOM games and was designed by XCOM creator Julian Gollop.

These aren't the only recent acquisitions Embracer has made, either. Metro developer 4A games was purchased earlier this year and announced it would be developing multiplayer experiences in the series, and Embracer also bought Little Nightmares developer Tarsier Studios and Darksiders 3 developer Gunfire Games in 2019.


Jul 31, 2010
These guys are getting an IP war chest behind them. I hope to fuck someone like Google, Apple, Amazon doesn't come along and buy them to bolster their own fledgling console or streaming service.
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Jul 27, 2018
Thank God. Ubisoft, SQEX, EA, and Activision need some competition.