Embracer acquires Saber, Gothic remake confirmed, more

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How’s it going everybody, Adrian Simple here from thegamingobserver.com and welcome back to your daily gaming update for Thursday, February 20th. Lots to get into, so let’s get started.

THQ acquires Saber Interactive & Q3 financial results

Embracer Group, formerly known as THQ Nordic, has acquired Saber Interactive. Saber is most well known for developing the game World War Z, as well as numerous Nintendo Switch ports, including The Witcher 3. They’ve been acquired for $150 million up-front, with another $375 million in the pipeline if things go well. So over half a billion being spent. This makes them the fifth top-level subsidiary under Embracer, and the co-founders of Saber will jointly become the second largest shareholder, behind CEO Lars Wingefors. This announcement brings the total number of owned development studios to 26. They have 96 games currently being developed, of which 52 are currently unannounced. Currently the plan is to have at least two AAA games released in the next financial year. All of this came from their Q3 financial results, where they brought in $153 million in sales. You know I find this company to be fascinating. This strategy of just buying as many studios as possible that they think they can work with is just kinda fun to watch. I mean obviously it’s doing well for them financially, and it’s usually good news for a company to be acquired, because it means more security for their employees. But also I think it’s just fun to see this absolutely massive company with so many different teams within it. I’m excited to watch them as the next few years go by.

Full Gothic remake confirmed

In a similar vein, from THQ Nordic, they’ve just confirmed that a full blown Gothic remake is going to begin development. You might remember that they put out a playable teaser a while back, and very publicly asked for feedback about whether or not they should make it a full game. Well, it turns out that over 180,000 people played it, and most everyone wanted more. So you can get excited about that if you were a fan of the original Gothic games, because it looks like they’re specifically making it a remake as opposed to something new.

GTA IV returns to Steam with DLC packaged and multiplayer removed

Grand Theft Auto IV has returned to Steam, after being pulled from the store last month because of issues with Games for Windows Live. So it’s coming back in the middle of March, labelled as a “Complete Edition”, which will include the Episodes from Liberty City expansion. This edition will also replace the game on other storefronts. So if you already own it, you can update the game to this version for free. The only caveat here is that the game no longer has multiplayer, so it only has single-player now.

Capcom releases netcode patch for Street Fighter V

Capcom has released a patch to help the netcode for Street Fighter V, which has notoriously been pretty bad since release. They’re also asking for feedback now that it is live, and it seems like there have been positive results so far. This story is funny because they were likely spurred to do this after a Reddit user fixed this issue on their own with relative ease. After this patch went live though, that fix stopped working. So we’ll see if there are any long-term positives from this, but certainly it’s good that Capcom knows of the issue and is trying to solve it.

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