The leaders of the Embracer Group (parent company of THQ Nordic) have taken over Tarsier Studios from Sweden. The team is best known for the development of Little Nightmares, which will also have a successor in 2020. About $ 10 million was spoiled on this deal.
The Swedish development team at Tarsier Studios was taken over by the Embracer Group this week. The parent company, which is owned by publishers THQ Nordic, publisher Koch Media, and developer Coffee Stain, among others, paid approximately $ 9.34 million in cash and $ 1.2 million in B shares for the acquisition. The deal includes all 65 of the company's employees and the rights to the Tarsier Studios brands – including the PSVR title Statik.
The developer studio is primarily known for Little Nightmares, which was published in 2017 in cooperation with Bandai Namco. However, the rights of this IP remain with Bandai Namco. The same applies to the trademark rights to Stretchers, which will remain with Nintendo. Despite the takeover, Tarsier Studios will continue to work independently on their projects. Most recently, the official successor was presented at Gamescom 2019 with Little Nightmares 2. As early as 2020, the title for PC, PS4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch should appear.
After publication, the company will then dedicate itself to new IPs. However, those responsible have not yet revealed which projects will be involved. In recent months, THQ Nordic has repeatedly attracted attention by taking over various studios and brands – including Gunfire Games, Piranha Bytes and IP TimeSplitters. We have included the first trailer for the upcoming Little Nightmares 2 below the message.