Beamdog, the Canadian studio and publisher responsible for modern ports of Baldur’s Gate games, will be acquired by Aspyr Media, the latter announced. Aspyr is a Texas-based developer and publisher that primarily focuses on ports, but is part of the growing Embracer group. The latter has made a bonkers 62 acquisitions since the start of 2020, worth around $8.1 billion, according to the FinancialTimes.
It’s a real subsidiary salad there. Aspyr is a subsidiary of Saber Interactive, which itself is a subsidiary of the juggernaut Embracer Group, which has no less than 10 direct subsidiaries (not counting subsidiaries of subsidiaries!). These include Gearbox, Koch Media, THQ Nordic and Dark Horse Media. Suffice to say, Beamdog will soon be owned by a very, very large company with a market valuation of $9.9 billion.
The acquisition is still subject to regulatory approval, but when the process is finalized, Beamdog will operate as an “independent studio” within Aspyr. Aspyr will release the next Beamdog MythForce when it launches in Early Access next week, but it looks like Beamdog could be tasked with more legacy projects as well. In his statement, Aspyr CEO Ted Staloch said, “We look forward to seeing them realize their ambition with MythForce while maximizing the long-term potential of an incredible archive of classic games.”
Beamdog has the experience, having published modern enhanced editions of two Baldur’s Gate games, Planescape: Torment, Neverwinter Nights and more. This experience is further enhanced by the fact that BioWare co-founder Trent Oster was also a co-founder of Beamdog.
Embracer Group was originally Nordic Games, which has been around since the 90s. It didn’t become a big concern in video games until the 2000s, but 2011 was when it turned into something of a empire, with its adoption of the THQ brand. The holding company was renamed Embracer Group in 2019.