Embracer, Gearbox's parent company, has purchased Dark Horse Comics


According to a press release from the Embracer Group, the American comics company Dark Horse was recently acquired. Dark Horse is known for classics like Hellboy, 300, and The Umbrella Academy, as well as a slew of tie-in comics and merchandise for videogames like The Witcher, Dragon Age, and Apex Legends.

Dark Horse is weighing its options for potential buyers, according to Bloomberg, with rumors pointing to Netflix, Disney, and Viacom as possibilities. Embracer appears to be the least likely of the potential buyers to exert significant editorial or creative control over the publisher. For acquisitions like Gearbox, Saber Interactive, and Coffee Stain Studios, the Embracer Group has traditionally taken a hands-off approach (the creators of Goat Simulator and Satisfactory).

Outside of the Embracer umbrella, Dark Horse will most likely continue to be a go-to publisher for videogame franchises, but we can probably expect more substantial collaboration between them and holding company-mate Gearbox in the future. Dark Horse was set to publish comics for the upcoming Tiny Tina's Wonderlands spinoff of Gearbox's Borderlands series long before this deal was even discussed.

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