Embracer agrees to buy Crystal Dynamics, Eidos-Montréal, Square Enix Montréal, and their IP

Embracer agrees to buy Crystal Dynamics, Eidos-Montréal, Square Enix Montréal, and their IP

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Embracer Group announced nowadays that it has entered an arrangement with Square Enix to get Crystal Dynamics, Eidos-Montréal, and Square Enix Montréal. Embracer will also get a hold of major IP from those people businesses, which include Tomb Raider, Deus Ex, Thief, and Legacy of Kain.

The deal is costing Embracer $300 million. Although that is a whole lot of income, it is appreciably fewer than other latest blockbuster gaming promotions. Sony is spending $3.6 billion on Bungie.

Embracer has been in the acquisition organization due to the fact right before large promotions like Microsoft buying Bethesda (and afterwards Activision Blizzard) built them a thing of an field development. The Swedish holding business owns other big gaming labels like Deep Silver, Saber Interactive, and THQ Nordic.

For Sq. Enix, this offers the Japanese publisher a way to offload its biggest western studios. Sq. Enix has often maligned the releases from Crystal Dynamics and Eidos — like the recent Avengers and Guardians of the Galaxy online games — as fiscal disappointments. This move permits Sq. Enix to invest much more in technologies, like blockchain, AI, and cloud gaming.

Embracer expects the deal, which contains about 1,100 staff, to close involving July and September of this yr.

Crystal Dynamics is currently assisting Microsoft with development of its Perfect Dark reboot. It is also earning a new Tomb Raider activity.

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