Embracer group consciously uncouples

Plus the latest on Fortnite and more side quests than a Final Fantasy game

Embracer group consciously uncouples

Embracer group, one of the biggest studios for nearly every type of game, decided a mutual breakup was in order. What does this mean for them? Find out below. Also the latest on Fortnite and more side quests than a Final Fantasy game. Let’s go! 

Breaking the Embrace

Image via Empbracer Group

After losing out on a $2 billion partnership deal last year, Embracer Group decided it was time to try something different: break up. 

Before last year, Embracer lived up to its name. It purchased rights to the Lord of the Rings, studios like Gearbox and even board game companies like Asmodee. Since missing out on the partnership, the company has closed developers, cut employees and spun off studios like Gearbox and Saber Interactive. 

The company announced last week it will become three companies, each with a dedicated focus. The new companies are:

Middle-earth Enterprises & Friends. The big name game developer branch of the former Embracer Group will be the “creative powerhouse in AAA game development and publishing.” This branch continues to own the rights to The Lord of the Rings, Tomb Raider, Dead Island and Killing Floor.

Coffee Stain & Friends. A smaller publisher focused on indie, A/AA games and mobile. Some of the IP this company will own includes Deep Rock Galactic, Goat Simulator, Satisfactory, Wreckfest, Teardown, and Valheim.

Asmodee Group. The new company focused on tabletop gaming. Board games such as Ticket to Ride, 7 Wonders, Azul, CATAN and Exploding Kittens will be spun off into this company. They will also create tabletop games based on The Lord of the Rings, Marvel, Game of Thrones, and Star Wars franchises.

Embracer CEO Lars Wingefors says "I'm sure I deserve a lot of criticism," but the leadership group for the new companies will remain the same. Read more about the split:

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