Yesterday, we heard the landmark information that Sq. Enix has agreed to the sale of Tomb Raider, Deus Ex, Lara Craft Go – together with the studios that make the video games – to the Embracer Group.
The corporate – which has been on one thing of a buying spree these days – has agreed to amass three of Sq. Enix’s Western studios (Crystal Dynamics, Eidos Montreal, and Sq. Enix Montreal), alongside a set of IP that after belonged to Sq. Enix.
However Sq. is not so eager to dump all of its Western IP simply but. A press release from the Japanese writer has confirmed the corporate will retain the rights to the Simply Trigger, Life is Unusual, and Outriders. Moreover, the indie-focused Sq. Enix Collective will stay beneath the father or mother firm and can proceed to function.
“Going ahead, the corporate’s improvement operate will comprise its studios in Japan, Sq. Enix Exterior Studios, and Sq. Enix Collective,” mentioned the writer. “The corporate’s abroad studios will proceed to publish franchises akin to Simply Trigger, Outriders, and Life is Unusual.”
Here is hoping we’ll nonetheless get some high quality video games from these collection, and that Sq. Enix’s deal with “investments in fields together with blockchain, AI, and the cloud” will not depart avid gamers hungry for conventional initiatives out within the chilly.
It is no secret that Sq. Enix has been publically disillusioned in its Western studios and the efficiency of its non-Japanese IP. Tomb Raider, Deus Ex, Marvel’s Avengers, and Guardians of the Galaxy had been all classed as gross sales disappointments for the studio (regardless of the latter being one of many funniest video games written lately).
The 2 corporations introduced the $300 million money transaction early on Monday morning, confirming that the deal consists of a fully large 50-plus IPs.
Does this imply we’re liable to see extra Gex, or Legacy of Kain, sooner or later? I, personally, actually hope so.
That is the newest megaton gaming deal in a 12 months already packed stuffed with them; we have, thus far, heard about Microsoft’s acquisition of Activision Blizzard, in addition to Sony’s takeover of Bungie. What’s subsequent? Will Nintendo purchase Sega? Nothing’s off the desk at this level.