After many years of independence, Gearbox is now part of The Embracer Group (aka THQ Nordic). Gearbox may’ve discovered a brand new house, however it hasn’t discovered a brand new writer.
Embracer may own more IPs than any other video games company on the market right now, however it would not essentially have the publishing may to launch enormous mass-market video games that promote a number of hundreds of thousands of copies. That is why Gearbox remains to be teaming up with different companions to get its video games distributed.
2K Video games will proceed publishing Gearbox’s future video games, together with Borderlands four and different initiatives. Take-Two CEO Strauss Zelnick confirmed the information in a recent Q4’21 earnings call:
“On behalf of our crew, I want to congratulate Gearbox Software program on their just lately introduced merger with Embracer. This marks an thrilling new chapter within the studio’s historical past. And we sit up for persevering with our profitable partnership with Gearbox, together with the long-term publishing relationship for the Borderlands franchise going ahead and a few unannounced initiatives that will likely be revealed over time,” Zelnick mentioned.
“By way of consolidation, you have seen a variety of offers on the market, most just lately Embracer is, is merging with Gearbox, an organization close to and expensive to our coronary heart and we’re grateful that we’ll nonetheless be in enterprise with Gearbox and so they’ll nonetheless be working with us on Borderlands and on different titles.”
Borderlands four is sort of assuredly in improvement for PS5 and Xbox Collection X/S consoles, presumably full with Unreal Engine 5 optimizations. Below the Embracer merger deal, Gearbox could make as much as $1 billion primarily based on sure efficiency milestones. If Gearbox can launch an unannounced title throughout the subsequent six years, and promote a sure variety of copies, the developer can earn a large bonus.