Big AAA Games Coming from Bought Square Enix Studios, Says Embracer

Crystal Dynamics, Eidos Montreal, and Square Enix Montreal will continue to make “very sizable AAA experiences” after the Embracer Group bought the three developers and a long list of gaming IPs from Square Enix for $300 million. A new Tomb Raider title is already confirmed to be in production, and other large games based on “beloved franchises that we will own as well as original IPs” will follow.

The comments (transcribed by Push Square) come from CEO Lars Wingefors in a presentation hosted, where he described the pipeline for the three studios as “very interesting”. Wingefors then added: “There will be a few years now where there will not be as many new big games coming out, and then there will be some amazing things coming through the studios looking further ahead.”

The new Tomb Raider game out of Crystal Dynamics is perhaps the project furthest along from the three developers, but the California based team is still working on Marvel’s Avengers and lending a hand with Microsoft exclusive Perfect Dark. Eidos Montreal put out Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy just over six months ago, while Square Enix Montreal has been focused on the Go series (Hitman Go, Lara Croft Go) in recent years. As a result, it’s likely going to be a number of years before any of the three studios are ready to share what they’ve been working on publicly.

Up until now, the Embracer Group has generally put out games just below what many would consider the AAA tier. Some examples include World War Z, Generation Zero, and Remnant: From the Ashes.

The Embracer Group gained access to the Tomb Raider, Deus Ex, and Legacy of Kain IPs along with many others as part of the acquisition, but it appears the company also wants new IPs to be part of its future. What do you hope is in the pipeline? Give us Deus Ex in the comments below.

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