Borderlands creator and publishing house Gearbox Entertainment has been snapped up by Swedish holding firm Embracer Group (formerly THQ Nordic AB) for a tidy $1.3 billion, the studio announced yesterday.
Following a spree of acquisitions, this week’s buyout sees Gearbox become Embracer’s seventh official “operating group” alongside THQ Nordic, Saber Interactive, Koch Media, DECA Games, Amplifier Game Invest, and Coffee Stain Holding. With a minimum buyout price of $363 million (half in cash, half in Embracer shares), the deal may see Gearbox earn over $1.3 billion in total should the studio meet certain financial targets over the next six years.
Gearbox boss Randy Pitchford will remain at the head of a studio Embracer called “arguably one of the most creative and valuable independent developers in the world” following the deal.
“The feeling at Gearbox is that we are just getting started and this transaction is not merely a stimulant for the talent of our employee-owned company, but a propellent for the exciting future we have planned,” Pitchford said in a press release.
Embracer has been scooping up developers by the dozen, acquiring 18 studios in a single day last November. Last May, the company announced it had 118 games in development, though that figure has likely skyrocketed since. The biggest game on its slate right now, Biomutant, is now set to arrive on May 25th.
Gearbox has been sitting comfortably since launching Borderlands 3 last year, with that Eli Roth Borderlands movie recently picking up comedian Kevin Hart. Looking forward, the studio’s next notable release is in publishing Homeworld 3. Following the acquisition, Embracer hopes to get Gearbox opening new studios to start pushing out new brands and pump more resources into existing IP—which is to say that another Borderlands game is all but a certainty.
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