23 April 2024
Games Technology

Star Wars: KOTOR Remake Developer Escapes Embracer’s Clutches

A Star Wars guy holds a red light saber.

Screenshot: Saber Interactive / Kotaku

Saber Interactive, the developer and writer engaged on tasks equivalent to Star Wars: Knights of the Previous Republic – Remake, has formally been bought by Embracer Group. This comes within the wake of a Bloomberg report and updates to its website indicating a sale was imminent. The $500 million deal will embody Saber and a few of its owned studios, equivalent to 4A Studios (developer of the Metro sequence) and Zen Studios (Pinball developer).

As reported by VGC, the sale is to a non-public investor group underneath Beacon Interactive, which is owned by Saber Interactive co-founder Matthew Karch. Nonetheless, it doesn’t sound like each firm Saber has acquired is making a clear break. Saber will hold studios Nimble Large, 3D Realms, Sandbox Methods, New World Interactive, Slipgate Ironworks, Mad Head Video games, and Fractured Byte. Nonetheless, Embracer will preserve possession of Tripwire, Beamdog, Tuxedo Labs, Demiurge, Shiver, Snapshot Video games, 34BigThings, and maybe most notably, Aspyr, which had beforehand been assigned to work on the Star Wars: Knights of the Previous Republic remake after engaged on ports of the unique two video games.

The irony is that the KotOR remake was initially an Aspyr mission however was reportedly transferred to considered one of Saber Interactive’s European studios in 2022. This implies Saber will get to take what has arguably been considered one of Embracer Group’s most-anticipated tasks with it within the sale. Sources advised Bloomberg the mission is still in the works as of November and will be part of the sale. Embracer will nonetheless retain publishing rights to some video games in improvement, whereas at the very least two might be thought-about joint tasks with Beacon Interactive. The complete breakdown is as follows:

A graphic of the Embracer and Saber Interactive split.

Picture: Embracer Group / VGC

All of this follows huge layoffs at Embracer Group’s numerous studios, in addition to the cancellation of practically 30 video games in the middle of six months. This has included shutting down Saints Row developer Volition and canceling a brand new Deus Ex sport. Embracer has been devouring different studios for the previous few years and has mainly nothing to point out for it past a repute for ruining every thing it touches. Kotaku reported in February that Borderlands developer Gearbox could also be near escaping Embracer’s, properly, embrace, as properly.