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Napoleonic plans for Embracer: 11 Saber blockbuster games and a five-year strike by Tomb Raider and Deus Ex developers

portal Chronicle of Video Games drew attention to the fact that during the presentation of the quarterly report, the CEO of Embracer Group Lars Wingefors (Lars Wingefors) shared what to expect from the company in terms of major game releases in the coming years.

    Image Source: Steam (IvanLeTerrible)

Image Source: Steam (IvanLeTerrible)

According to Wingefors, Embracer will release 31 AAA games by April 2028. These projects include those with substantial budgets and those with more than 100 full-time employees at key times.

Of these 31 games, only six have been announced, four will be released before the end of March 2024 (Dead Island 2, Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine 2, Homeworld 3, Payday 3), 17 are in production, nine are in the preparation phase. Production and five are in development of concepts.

    The next Tomb Raider is coming to Amazon Games (Image source: Amazon Games)

The next Tomb Raider is coming to Amazon Games (Image source: Amazon Games)

As for the companies controlled by Embracer Group, 31 big-budget game releases were distributed among them by April 2028 as follows:

  • 11 games in that time are set to be developed by Saber Interactive – definitely making Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine 2 and rumored remake of Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic;
  • 8 projects expected from Gearbox Entertainment (Borderlands series);
  • 6 blockbusters are waiting for Plaion (formerly Koch Media);
  • A total of 5 big-budget developments are being prepared within the walls of Crystal Dynamics and Eidos Montreal – the first is helping The Initiative on Perfect Dark and is busy with the new Tomb Raider, and the second, rumored to have already started the next Deus Ex and continues to develop an unannounced game based on new intellectual property;
  • A AAA game is submitted by THQ Nordic.

It’s worth noting that Crystal Dynamics and Eidos Montreal have only released three games for two in the last five years – Shadow of the Tomb Raider (EM) in 2018, Marvel’s Avengers (CD and EM) in 2020, and Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy (EM) in 2021.

    Square Enix's $300M Embracer for Crystal Dynamics and Eidos Montreal (Image source: Steam)

Square Enix’s $300M Embracer for Crystal Dynamics and Eidos Montreal (Image source: Steam)

In total, Embracer Group studios have 224 games in development. Over the course of the next fiscal year (until April 2024), 94 of these are set to be released (only 36 have been announced).

Embracer’s releases in the next fiscal year will include five Lord of the Rings games from third-party studios. We are talking about projects for both PC and consoles, as well as mobile devices.

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