THQ Nordic Has Acquired World War Z Developer Saber Interactive
Saber Interactive has now been picked up by Embracer Group, the holding company that also owns THQ Nordic.
In today’s installment of, “Which company has THQ Nordic acquired now?” the publisher’s owning company has once again whipped out their checkbook and purchased developer Saber Interactive.
It was announced this morning that Embracer Group, the parent company and owner of THQ Nordic, had snapped up Saber Interactive to the tune of $150 million. The acquisition also includes up to $375 million extra in incentives depending on performance over the next three years.
Saber Interactive has filled a lot of roles over the years and has released a variety of different games. Last year’s release of World War Z with publisher Focus Home Interactive was one of the more successful titles that the studio has launched over the past couple of years and went on to sell over 3 million copies. The studio has also worked on a variety of ports in recent years including Switch iterations of Vampyr, Call of Cthulu, and The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt.
“Saber has been on our radar for a very long time because of their deep history of consistently high-quality work,” Embracer CEO Lars Wingefors said of the acquisition. “Their ambitious moves towards self-funding projects in recent years have been particularly impressive, especially with World War Z, which sold more than three million units.”
This move for Saber Interactive also comes not too long after Tim Willits had signed on to be the studio’s new CCO. Willits previously worked at id Software for a number of years before finally announcing his departure from the company last summer. Whether or not Willits played a major role in this acquisition by THQ Nordic’s parent company isn’t necessarily known.
Saber Interactive stands as the largest valued acquisition that Embracer Group has made thus far. Saber itself also currently boasts a staff of around 600 members.