Embracer Group acquires Metro developer 4A Games and several other studios

Metro Exodus Spartans
Metro Exodus Spartans (Image credit: Windows Central)

What you need to know

  • 4A Games is best known for developing the Metro games.
  • Embracer Group, parent company of THQ Nordic, has acquired 4A Games.
  • Embracer Group also acquired six other studios.
  • 4A Games is continuing to work on the Metro series, alongside a multiplayer game and a new AAA IP.

Embracer Group, the parent company of THQ Nordic, has continued its buying spree seen over the last couple of years. Today, the company announced it is acquiring 4A Games, the developers of the Metro franchise. The purchase was made for "approximately $36 million on a cash and debt-free basis equivalent to an equity value of $45 million." 4A Games has over 150 staff across two studios in Malta and Ukraine.

4A Games released Metro Exodus in 2019, with additional DLC packs released afterward. 4A Games will now operate directly under Saber Interactive, which Embracer Group acquired earlier this year. 4A Games will "continue to build the Metro franchise" while also working on a new multiplayer title and a new AAA IP.

Embracer didn't stop with 4A Games, as it's also picked up six other studios: New World Interactive, Deca Games, Vermila Studios, Rare Earth Games, Palindrome Interactive and Pow Wow Entertainment. As of now, Embracer now operates 43 different studios divided between six divisions. THQ Nordic is the largest of these divisions, with Saber Interactive, Koch Media, Coffee Stain Holding, DECA Games and Amplifier Invest making up the remaining four.

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  • 4A Games was one of the developers I would have loved to see join Xbox Game Studios :( Was also disappointed back in June when German developer Deck13 got acquired by Focus Home Interactive. Microsoft needs to have more of a presence in mainland Europe and they just seem to be sitting back while all these talented developers get snapped up.
  • @Skedaddle they certainly do, there is hardly any sort physical Microsoft presence in Europe especially now that the bean counters have had their way and closed all of Microsoft's stores.
  • Yeah it is frustrating because England appears to be the only country outside of the US they are willing to be adventurous when it comes to owning studios. There is talk of Microsoft eyeing up some Polish studios but whether anything will come of that or they will sit back and watch as THQ Nordic swoop in for them. Continuing with Germany as an example, THQ Nordic acquired Black Forest Games in 2017 and Piranha Bytes in 2019. Focus Home Interactive acquired Deck13 in 2020. Koch Media acquired Fishlabs in 2013 and this studio is now going on to release Chorus which people are excited for. Mainland Europe is an important region that Microsoft needs to try and win over. Having talented studios based there will help gain them mind share amongst gamers in these countries.