Embracer Group — the owners of Tomb Raider, Deus Ex, and other IPs bought by Square Enix in early May — sees “great potential” in making sequels, remakes, remasters, and spin-offs of these franchises.
As reflected in the colossal holding’s recent financial results, Embracer said it “continued to strengthen [its] Development capabilities and IP portfolio” through the acquisition of Crystal Dynamics, Eidos Montreal and Square Enix Montreal, including “Tomb Raider, Deus Ex, Thief and Legacy of Kain and other IPs”.
In addition to the sequels, remakes, remasters and spin-offs, Embracer also sees potential in “transmedia projects” across the group, later pointing to similar initiatives by companies like Netflix and Amazon.
Embracer Group also owns Dark Horse Comics and board game company Asmodee, which “will also enable gaming IP to be leveraged across another medium.”
In addition to the four previous Square Enix games mentioned above, the Embracer deal also included more than 50 back catalog games developed by the three studios.
Tomb Raider is arguably the largest franchise acquired as part of the deal, and while we last saw a new release in 2018 with Shadow of the Tomb Raider, just prior to selling Embracer, Crystal Dynamics announced that it was working on a new game in the franchise is being worked on.
Every notable acquisition by Embracer Group
The last main Deus Ex game was Mankind Divided in 2016, while Thief returned briefly in 2014 after the original trilogy ran from 1998 to 2004, and there hasn’t been a Legacy of Kain game since 2003.
Embracer’s financial results also revealed that Borderlands creator Gearbox has nine AAA games in development as the developer/publisher continues to grow under its giant ownership.
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