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Perfect World Entertainment have introduced that they’re now often called Gearbox Publishing. Or Gearbox Publishing have introduced that they’re not Perfect World Entertainment. Same distinction. Gearbox Publishing say the change shouldn’t have an effect on something to do with the ageing dwell service video games they steward, like Star Trek Online and Neverwinter. They’re all a part of the Embracer Group, y’see.
Embracer went Christmas procuring in December to purchase Perfect World, together with Dark Horse Comics and another corporations. In August they grabbed 3D Realms. They’re nonetheless choosing up corporations too. Just final week Embracer acquired Lost Boys Interactive, which can act as a subsidiary of Gearbox Software. The week earlier than, Embracer picked up Beamdog and their upcoming first unique recreation, the roguelike Mythforce, by way of subsidiary Aspyr Media.
It’s no understatement to say that Embracer have turn into one of many largest teams of corporations within the trade even when that’s principally all the way down to proudly owning smaller studios, though they do rely Deep Silver, THQ Nordic, Saber Interactive and Gearbox among the many group. They even fashioned a brand new model of former Timesplitters studio Free Radical again in May final yr.
Ed checked out Perfect World’s final recreation revealed beneath their previous identify, Magic Design Studios’ roguelite Have A Nice Death, when it launched in Steam Early Access final month. Calling it a “mash-up between Dead Cells and Hades”, he nonetheless got here away feeling like he had a “good, if familiar, time”.
Gearbox Publishing just lately confirmed that they had been publishing Hyper Light Breaker, Heart Machine’s follow-up to Hyper Light Drifter. The video games trade ever trudges in the direction of its consolidation…