Gearbox currently has nine AAA games in development as it continues to grow alongside its colossal owner Embracer Group.
The Borderlands creator has both developing and publishing wings, and while it’s unclear where these nine games in development fall, it’s certainly a lot more than the company has announced previously.
Gearbox’s owner Embracer – who recently purchased three studio’s from Square Enix along with the Tomb Raider and Deus Ex IPs – revealed the number during its latest financial results.
“Gearbox continues to scale the organization to deliver on its ambitious growth plan, and there are currently nine AAA games under development,” it said.
We currently know of five games being published by Gearbox – Homeworld 3, Hyper Light Breaker, Relic Hunters Legends, Have a Nice Death, and Eyes in the Dark: The Curious Case of One Victoria Bloom – but despite the “AAA” term being slightly subjective, most people likely wouldn’t refer to the latter two or three of these as AAA games.
We also know that Tales From The Borderlands 2 is on its way from Gearbox itself, but again, this smaller, narrative led game may not be considered a AAA title by some.
Embracer overall had a strong year with operating profits increasing by 17% and games such as Gearbox’s Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands performing better than expected.
Embracer said it “was well-received and reviewed by consumers and critics alike” (IGN said it was great) and “sales exceeded management’s expectations”.
Elsewhere, Embracer’s latest release, Saber Interactive’s Evil Dead: The Game, has sold 500,000 copies in just five days, making a good start for the Dead by Daylight-style asymetrical horror game. The company is also anticipating success with the upcoming Saints Row reboot from Deep Silver, which it says “is expected to step change the pace of organic growth”.
It’s not all great news despite the overall sunny picture for Embracer. ELEX II “did not live up to management’s financial expectations in the quarter”, but looking head the company expects the RPG from developer Piranha Bytes to provide “a positive ROI over time.”
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Source: IGN Video Games All