Embracer Group Has 150 Games In Development
Embracer Group, which owns Gearbox Software (Borderlands), Volition (Saint’s Row), Coffee Stain (Satisfactory) and 4A Games (Metro Exodus) to name a few, has 150 games in development, with 70 due to be completed before March 2022.
The news was revealed as part of the group’s third-quarter interim report, published on the Embracer Group website. The number of game development projects at Embracer Group increased 56% year-on-year, from 96 in October-December 2019 to 150 in October-December 2020.
“We now expect the next financial year ending March 2022 to become the strongest in our history driven by numerous significant releases towards the second half of the year,” the report reads. “In total, we expect to complete more than 70 premium game development projects.” This means that by March 2022, 70 of the 150 games in development will be in a state fit for release (although they won’t necessarily all see release in that time period)
The Embracer Group has clearly been on a hiring spree to account for all of these new games in development. “Total headcount increased 93% to 5,730 (2,970) where total game developers increased 92% to 4,325 (2,258),” the report reads. That’s nearly double the number of game developers onboarded in the space of a year.
We reported back in May of 2020 that Embracer Group had 69 unannounced games in development, so hopefully we’ll hear more about all of these new projects in the near future. At that point, the group also had 118 games in development, so its embarked on a whopping 32 new projects since May of last year.
The group could easily add more games to this list in the wake of its latest string of acquisitions, which included port pioneers Aspyr Media and Borderlands developer Gearbox, which it picked up earlier this month for $1.3 Billion. One game it seemingly won’t be helping make is Little Nightmares 3, with developer Tarsier now focusing on new IP.
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