Embracer Group Acquires Duke Nukem Creators And Seven Other Studios

THQ Nordic’s parent company, Embracer Group, has acquired eight additional studios this week including the creators of Duke Nukem, 3D Realms.

3D Realms Anthology Embracer Group
Credit: 3D Realms

If you’re unfamiliar with 3D Realms, the studio is responsible for numerous classics, including Wolfenstein 3D, Commander Keen, Max Payne and of course, the Duke Nukem franchise. The studio also recently published Ion Fury, a cyberpunk FPS inspired by ’90s PC shooters.

It’s worth mentioning that 3D Realms currently has six projects in the works. However, the studio and its support team, Slipgate Ironworks, will be folded into Saber Interactive. In addition, Embracer has also acquired DigixArt, Force Field and Vertigo Games, which will be merged into Koch Media.

So, that makes five, so what about the other two? Well, Embracer has also managed to pick up Easy Trigger, the developers of the retro enriched 2D shooter Huntdown. Naturally, Easy Trigger will become one with Embracer’s Coffee Stain, the publisher that helped make Huntdown a reality. The final studio on Embracer’s shopping list is CrazyLabs, a mobile publisher with many apps and games under its belt.

Huntdown gameplay
Credit: Easy Trigger/Coffee Stain

Hopefully, each studio acquired by Embracer benefits from the transaction. Sure, the Swedish company is swiftly becoming an industry empire. However, perhaps being part of the Embracer family will allow studios to flourish both creatively and financially. Regardless of the outcome, Embracer is now a publishing powerhouse. The result? Well, it’s probably going to create a stir, especially when it comes to console and PC storefront exclusives.

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Featured Image Credit: Embracer Group