Update: 2K Games has commented on Gearbox's acquisition by the Embracer Group today, explaining that it will not affect its role as the publisher of the Borderlands games or "any other projects" the pair may be working on.
A spokesperson said: "As the proud publisher of the Borderlands franchise, we are happy for our partners at Gearbox and this exciting new chapter for their organisation. The merger does not change 2K's relationship with Gearbox nor our role as the publisher for the Borderlands IP or any other projects we are currently working on with the studio. We look forward to continuing our long-term partnership with this incredibly talented team and delivering many more exciting entertainment experiences to gaming fans around the world."
Original Story: Embracer Group's habit of buying up developers and publishing labels is well beyond a joke at this point. The conglomerate, which houses major companies like THQ Nordic, Koch Media, Deep Silver, and countless others, is absolutely enormous at this stage, and it just got a whole lot bigger. Its latest acquisition is a big one — Gearbox Entertainment.
That includes Gearbox Software and Gearbox Publishing, the former of which is of course known for the Brothers in Arms and Borderlands series. The publishing wing is newer, with notable titles like Godfall and Risk of Rain 2 under its label. According to a press release from the company, the merger with Embracer Group is worth up to $1.3 billion.
Randy Pitchford, founder of Gearbox Entertainment, believes the buyout is "not merely a stimulant for the talent of our employee-owned company, but a propellent for the exciting future we have planned". Embracer CEO Lars Wingefors says "the resources offered by Embracer will position Gearbox for significant growth in the years to come".
So, there you go. We probably won't feel much of a difference, but Gearbox is no longer operating independently. How do you feel about all this? Tell us in the comments section below.