Well, here’s a surprise! Embracer Group has entered into an agreement to acquire Crystal Dynamics, Eidos-Montréal, Square Enix Montréal, & a catalog of IPs which includes Tomb Raider, Deus Ex, Thief, Legacy of Kain & more than 50 back-catalog games from Square Enix Holdings! This is a huge deal, and what makes it even more unbelievable is that they got it for only $300 Million.
According to Embracer Group,
”We are thrilled to welcome these studios into the Embracer Group. We recognize the fantastic IP, world class creative talent, and track record of excellence that have been demonstrated time and again over the past decades. It has been a great pleasure meeting the leadership teams and discussing future plans for how they can realize their ambitions and become a great part of Embracer,” says Lars Wingefors, Co-founder and Group CEO, Embracer Group.
”Embracer is the best kept secret in gaming: a massive, decentralized collection of entrepreneurs whom we are thrilled to become a part of today. It is the perfect fit for our ambitions: make high-quality games, with great people, sustainably, and grow our existing franchises to their best versions ever. Embracer allows us to forge new partnerships across all media to maximize our franchises’ potential and live our dreams of making extraordinary entertainment,” says Phil Rogers, Square Enix America and Europe CEO.
From Square Enix’s point of view, Square Enix says the transaction will enable the launch of new businesses by moving forward with investments in fields including blockchain, AI, and the cloud. How they’ll do it is anyone’s guess!
So yeah, I hope that we’ll see more from these projects, especially the ones that haven’t seen light in quite some time!