It’s official. Dark Horse Media, LLC is being purchased by Swedish former THQ Nordic AB, Embracer Group. The agreement is not 100% yet, and the purchase price of the LLC was not disclosed. However, we know that if successful, Embracer Group will now hold Dark Horse Comics and Dark Horse Entertainment and the retail store Things From Another World.
If we go by what Dark Horse’s founder/CEO Mike Richardson has to say, this acquisition may lead to a whole new life for the legendary comic book business:
“I can’t express the excitement I feel as Dark Horse moves into this new chapter in our history. The synergies that exist with the Embracer network of companies promises exciting new opportunities not only for Dark Horse, but also for the creators and companies we work with. I’ve had a number of compelling conversations with Embracer CEO Lars Wingefors and I’m very impressed with him and what he and his team have built. I have to say, the future for our company has never looked brighter.“
Richardson and COO Neil Hankerson will turn over their 20% shares to EG, but the company states both men will remain on board once the transition is completed in early 2022. This means Embracer Group will have complete control over Dark Horse. How this will affect existing Dark Horse comic books or upcoming Star Wars projects is not clear.
Though not quite a well-known name in video games, Embracer Group has several franchises in its catalog. The company’s About Page boasts that 250+ franchises are under its belt. What games does the company own? Here are a few:
- Saints Row
- Goat Simulator
- Dead Island
That makes me feel a little better. At least Dark Horse wasn’t purchased by some business that pumps out endless Candy Crush clones. Now we have to wait and see what happens this coming year.
[Source: Embracer Group]
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