There has not been a lot of chatter about 4A Games since the release of Metro Exodus’ second and final expansion, Sam’s Story. Well, the latest news to come out of them is that Saber Interactive, and by extension Embracer Group (Saber’s parent company), has acquired the studio. This information was just made public here.
“With the acquisition of 4A Games, Saber Interactive is locking-up one of the best indie studios in the industry with the potential and capacity to take on another AAA project and are also internalizing the value of existing and future IPs into the Group. Saber solidifies its position as a leader in the CIS and Ukrainian game developer market. Combining our technology and capabilities with 4A Games presents tremendous opportunity for growth and expansion” says Matt Karch, CEO Saber Interactive Inc., Director of the Embracer Board.” – Embracer Group
This is not a small acquisition, either. It appears as if Embracer has acquired 100 percent of the shares in 4A Games. According to the 4A Games themselves “Embracer Group and Saber Interactive are ideal partners for 4A Games to help us in the next phase of growth. Together we will develop the Metro franchise and focus on multiplayer. We can’t wait to create a new and even more ambitious AAA IP in the near future.”
What’s of note here is that it confirms that there will be more Metro games in the future, a new multiplayer game from 4A Games as well as a brand new IP.
Saber Interactive is responsible for games like the recent SnowRunner games, World War Z and the Switch port of The Witcher 3, with a minor role/assisting role in other games like the recent Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary PC port and Crysis Remastered.
Embracer Group is also the parent company for other studios and publishers like THQ Nordic and Koch Media. They’ve acquired a number of studios in this move, which includes New World, the team behind Insurgency.
How long it will be until we see the next works out of 4A Games remains unknown, but this move comes as no surprise given the relationship between the studio and the Metro publisher, Deep Silver – a division of the aforementioned Koch Media.