Dark Horse Comics now owned by Swedish gaming company Embracer


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the Swedish video game company known as Embracer Group Dark Horse Comics, the third largest publisher of American comics behind Marvel and DC. The acquisition was announced earlier today, but don’t expect any major changes to the company anytime soon. Apparently, the Embracer Group has historically been pretty hands-off with the companies it acquires, so it should be business as usual for Dark Horse.

In addition to Dark Horse Comics, Embracer has also embraced Dark Horse Entertainment, which develops its various comics into Hollywood TV series and movies, as well as the Thing From Another World comic store chain. According to the press release, the purchase has everything to do with Dark Horse’s content library. From the press release:

“Dark Horse’s growing library contains more than 300 compelling intellectual properties. With a structure and proven ability to produce IP, partner with top creative talent and create brands and global hits, Dark Horse has a strong foothold in a market where entertainment content is in high demand. This evidence can be seen in Dark Horse’s strong pipeline of more than 40 projects at Netflix, Amazon, Syfy, Sony, MGM, Universal and Warner Media.

“In addition, there is untapped potential in making games based on Dark Horse IP and significant potential for synergies within the Embracer group, both within Dark Horse Comics and within Dark Horse Entertainment.”

It is unknown how much Embracer paid for the publisher. It did buy all the shares of Dark Horse founder Mike Richardson, but he remains the company’s CEO. Really, it looks like nothing really is going to change, except maybe some Dark Horse properties will be turned into video games, and if this gives me the chance to destroy zombies like The Goon, I’m all for it.

[Via The Beat]


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