Embracer Group Wants to Create an Archive of Every Video Game, Ever
Embracer Group, which owns a number of video game studios including Gearbox Software, Volition and 4A Games, is creating a comprehensive video game archive which plans to include every video game ever made.
Martin Lindell, an adviser at Embracer Group posted the news to Twitter, and you can watch CEO Lars Wingefors talk about his plans for the archive at this timestamped video link. Wingefors has already donated his own collection to form “the foundation of the archive” but Embracer Group plans to create “an archive of all video games” and has been acquiring significant collections from private collectors in Europe over the past year.
It currently holds around 50,000 pieces, including “games, consoles, peripherals and arcades,” many of which are described as extremely rare. Wingefors has said that the project “will take decades to complete,” but the group is committed to seeing it through.
Something I’m very proud to be a part of is our efforts at @embracergroup to build a games archive. The project is led by Thomas Sunhede, my friend and co-author of the book about Swedish video games dev history. pic.twitter.com/tmbosfVSDm
— Martin Lindell (@martinlindell) February 18, 2021
The archive may be kept near the Embracer Group Headquarters in Värmland, Sweden but the company has plans to create “satellite exhibits” at the companies it owns about the creative history of their companies. It may also create external travelling exhibits around the globe.
The project is being spearheaded by Thomas Sunhede, co-author of a book concerning the history of Swedish video game development. Embracer Group has said that the archive will also act as a “complete reference library for the benefit of the group.”
Elsewhere, the Embracer Group has revealed that it has 150 games in development, with 70 to be completed by March 2022. The company recently acquired Borderlands developer Gearbox Software for $1.3 Billion in early February.
Jordan Oloman is a freelance writer for IGN. Follow him on Twitter.