Tencent snaps up Inflexion Games led by former BioWare boss Aaryn Flynn

Although the terms of the deal remain undisclosed, Inflexion CEO Aaryn Flynn told that Neverwinter Astral Diamonds the shift has been ongoing since last summer.

“I’d say our team has dealt with their share of change and uncertainty to this point, but we still made progress on our game and I’m really keen to support them with some clarity and consistency going forward in this exciting new reality for us,” he said.

According to Flynn, Tencent has been “very respectful” to the studio’s design and world-building decisions. Inflexion will keep its operational independence under the Chinese tech giant, which will allow it to create exactly the game they want to.

Inflexion Games was founded by Flynn, who worked at BioWare for 17 years and has been the studio’s general manager since 2009. The team consists of other BioWare veterans, whose portfolio includes games like Mass Effect, Neverwinter Nights, Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, Jade Empire, and Dragon Age.

Inflexion is now working on its debut title Nightingale, a fantasy survival crafting game described as “single-player or small group player experience.” It is expected to come out in Early Access on PC later in 2022. According to Gematsu, Nightingale will be published by Tencent label Level Infinite.

Embracer Group, which has more than 100 internal studios and publishers, is planning more acquisitions. It is, however, getting more selective in choosing potential M&A targets.

That’s what Embracer CEO Lars Wingefors said in the group’s latest financial report. He said that the company noticed a growing number of inbound calls after Microsoft, Sony, and Take-Two announced their deals to acquire Activision Blizzard, Bungie, and Zynga respectively.

“However, we are more selective than ever,” Wingefors said. “The companies we welcome to our family need to have a long-term mindset, bold ambitions, and feel at home.” He also added that Embracer Group expects to keep growing its “eco system with more entrepreneurs and creators in the coming quarters and years.”

In its quarterly report, the holding company revealed that Metro Exodus reached 6 million copies sold. Borderlands 3 sold more than 15 million units to date, and Deep Rock Galactic surpassed 9 million copies sold.

Embracer Group now has 216 games in its pipeline, which is up 44% year-over-year. 25 of them are AAA titles, which are expected to come out before March 2026.


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