Parent Company of THQ Nordic Acquires Metro’s 4A Games, Many Others

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A name not many outside of the business area of gaming would be familiar with has made a big move in shoring up its assets. The parent company of THQ Nordic, Embracer Group, has just acquired a number of studios associated with popular game franchises and entertainment. This move represents one of the largest amounts of acquisitions the gaming industry has seen in 2020.

List of Newly Acquired Studios

  • 4A Games – Publishers of the immensely successful Metro franchise.
  • New Word Interactive – Publishers of the Insurgency franchise.
  • DECA Games – Scalable FTP and LiveOps expertise in mobile IPs and cross-platform games.
  • Vermila Studios – In acquiring Amplifier Games, it, in turn, gained Vermila Studios. Vermila Studios was founded in 2017 and is currently working on its first game Crisol: Theater of Idols.
  • Rare Earth Games – Rare Earth Games has experience working on action-packed multiplayer games with Deep Silver and Rockstar Games.
  • Palindrome Interactive – Another studio formed in 2017. It is working on its first game, Immortal Realms: Vampire Wars, which will release on August 28th for PC and consoles.
  • Pow Wow Entertainment – Formed in 2019. Currently working on two unannounced games.
  • Sola Media – Founded in 2004. Focuses on animated children and family films.

Who Is Embracer Group?

Embracer Group came into being in 2019 when several THQ Nordic divisions and subsidiaries were combined.

Embracer Group is the parent company of businesses developing and publishing PC and console games for the global games market. The Group has an extensive catalog of over 160 owned franchises, such as Saints Row, Goat Simulator, Dead Island, Darksiders, Metro, MX vs ATV, Kingdoms of Amalur, TimeSplitters, Satisfactory, Wreckfest and World War Z amongst many others.

With its head office based in Karlstad, Sweden, Embracer Group has a global presence through its five operative groups: THQ Nordic GmbH, Koch Media GmbH/Deep Silver, Coffee Stain AB, Amplifier Game Invest and Saber Interactive. The Group has 31 internal game development studios and is engaging more than 3,500 employees and contracted employers in more than 40 countries.

Peter Brosdahl
As a child of the 70’s I was part of the many who became enthralled by the video arcade invasion of the 1980’s. Saving money from various odd jobs I purchased my first computer from a friend of my dad, a used Atari 400, around 1982. Eventually it would end up being a lifelong passion of upgrading and modifying equipment that, of course, led into a career in IT support.

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