Embracer Group, which owns Gearbox Software program (Borderlands), Volition (Saint’s Row), Espresso Stain (Passable) and 4A Video games (Metro Exodus) to call a number of, has 150 video games in growth, with 70 because of be accomplished earlier than March 2022.
The information was revealed as a part of the group’s third-quarter interim report, revealed on the Embracer Group web site. The variety of sport growth initiatives at Embracer Group elevated 56% year-on-year, from 96 in October-December 2019 to 150 in October-December 2020.
“We now anticipate the subsequent monetary 12 months ending March 2022 to turn out to be the strongest in our historical past pushed by quite a few vital releases in the direction of the second half of the 12 months,” the report reads. “In whole, we anticipate to finish greater than 70 premium sport growth initiatives.” Which means that by March 2022, 70 of the 150 video games in growth might be in a state match for launch (though they will not essentially all see launch in that point interval)
The Embracer Group has clearly been on a hiring spree to account for all of those new video games in growth. “Complete headcount elevated 93% to five,730 (2,970) the place whole sport builders elevated 92% to 4,325 (2,258),” the report reads. That is almost double the variety of sport builders onboarded within the area of a 12 months.
We reported again in Could of 2020 that Embracer Group had 69 unannounced video games in growth, so hopefully we’ll hear extra about all of those new initiatives within the close to future. At that time, the group additionally had 118 video games in growth, so its launched into a whopping 32 new initiatives since Could of final 12 months.
The group may simply add extra video games to this record within the wake of its newest string of acquisitions, which included port pioneers Aspyr Media and Borderlands developer Gearbox, which it picked up earlier this month for $1.Three Billion. One sport it seemingly will not be serving to make is Little Nightmares 3, with developer Tarsier now specializing in new IP.
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