In an unpredictable move, Embracer Group, a Swedish company known more for its portfolio of video game developers and publishers has announced it’s acquiring Dark Horse Comics.
No financial details were revealed but the deal includes the purchase of Dark Horse’s comics publishing arm, production company, and the comics retail chain, Things From Another World. The acquisition of the third-largest comic book publisher will be finalized sometime in early 2022 with the comic publisher operating as a separate entity led by current leadership similarly to other Embracer Group acquisitions.
“I can’t express the excitement I feel as Dark Horse moves into this new chapter in our history,” Dark Horse CEO, Mike Richardson said in a statement.
“The synergies that exist with Embracer’s network of companies promises exciting new opportunities not only for Dark Horse but also for the creators and companies we work with.”
Dark Horse Comics is known for properties like Hellboy, Frank Miller’s Sin City, Umbrella Academy, The Mask, Time Cop and more. The purchase includes the publisher’s library of licensed comics which includes Star Wars, Avatar the Last Airbender, Stranger Things, The Witcher, Critical Role and more.
“Dark Horse’s growing library includes over 300 compelling intellectual properties,” Dark Horse Comics said in an official statement.
“With a structure and proven ability to produce IP, partner with top creative talent, and create brands and global hits, Dark Horse is in a strong position in a market where entertainment content is in high demand.”
Currently, Dark Horse Comics has over 40 projects in development with production companies like Netflix, Amazon, Syfy, Sony, MGM, Universal and Warner Media. Adaptations of Dark Horse Comics’ IP might not be limited to just movies and TV, but possibly games too.
“Additionally, there is untapped potential in creating games based on Dark Horse IP and substantial opportunity for synergies within the Embracer group, both within the Dark Horse Comics and Dark Horse Entertainment,” Dark Horse Comics said in an official statement.