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Saber Interactive Incorporated
TypeSubsidiary
IndustryVideo games
Founded2001; 20 years ago (2001)
Founders
  • Andrey Iones
  • Matthew Karch
  • Anton Krupkin
Headquarters,
U.S.
Key people
Number of employees
1,543[1] (2021)
ParentEmbracer Group (2020–present)
Divisions
  • Saber Interactive Belarus
  • Saber Interactive Porto
  • Saber Interactive Russia
  • Saber Interactive Spain
  • Saber Interactive Sweden
Subsidiaries
Websitesaber3d.com

Saber Interactive Incorporated is an American video game developer founded in 2001 with headquarters in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The company has regional offices in Saint Petersburg, Russia (Saber Russia); Madrid, Spain (Saber Spain); Minsk, Belarus (Saber Belarus); Porto, Portugal (Saber Porto); Turin, Italy (34BigThings); Austin, Texas (Aspyr); Denver, Colorado (New World Interactive); Sliema, Malta (4A Games); Kyiv, Ukraine (4A Games); Sundsvall, Sweden (Saber Sweden); Sofia, Bulgaria (Snapshot Games); Budapest, Hungary (Zen Interactive); Buenos Aires, Argentina (Nimble Giant Entertainment); Novi Sad, Vojvodina, Serbia (Mad Head Games); Calgary, Canada (New World North); Montreal, Canada (New World East) and Aalborg, Denmark (3D Realms, Slipgate Ironworks) and employs over 1350 people.[2][3] Saber was acquired by Embracer Group in February 2020, making the studio a direct subsidiary.[4] The company's portfolio includes World War Z, NBA Playgrounds, SnowRunner, Crysis Remastered and WWE 2K Battlegrounds among others.

History[edit]

Saber Interactive was founded in 2001 by Andrey Iones, Matthew Karch, and Anton Krupkin.[5][6] The founders envisioned creating a studio that could develop great games at a price that the average gamer could afford. Together they created a 3D engine from scratch, gathered a team of artists from Saint Petersburg, Russia and began working on their first game, Will Rock.[7] After the release of Will Rock, Saber developed their proprietary game engine, Saber3D, which was used in their second title, TimeShift (2007).[8] The Saber3D engine has since been continuously updated and evolved for use in current games.[9][10]

In 2010, Saber was approached by Microsoft's 343 Industries to remake Halo: Combat Evolved for the game's tenth anniversary. This would be Saber's first involvement in a major franchise and COO Andrey Iones considered it "an opportunity that we couldn’t miss." To maintain the original game experience, Saber used the original engine for game play and the Saber3D engine for visuals.[11] Halo Combat Evolved Anniversary was released on November 15, 2011 to positive reviews.[12] Saber then assisted in 2014 on the development of Halo: The Master Chief Collection.[13]

On August 1, 2016, Saber Interactive opened its first internal studio outside of Russia in Madrid.[14] This was the beginning of a major international expansion, with Saber opening studios Sundsvall, Sweden, and Minsk, Belarus.

CDProjekt RED partnered with Saber in 2018 on the Nintendo Switch port of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt — Complete Edition.[15] The port was released on October 15, 2019 to positive reviews highlighting the performance and playability.[16][17]

On April 16, 2019, Saber launched World War Z. The game sold over one million units in its first week of release.[18]

id Software studio director Tim Willits joined Saber as chief creative officer on August 1, 2019.[19]

In October 2019, Saber Interactive acquired Bigmoon Entertainment,[20] a game development studio of forty people based in Porto, Portugal, and rebranded the studio as Saber Porto.[20][21]

Saber was acquired by Embracer Group in February 2020 in a deal worth US$525 million.[4] Under the deal, Saber became the fifth direct subsidiary under Embracer and maintains autonomy. Post-acquisition, Matthew Karch continues to serve as chief executive officer and Andrey Iones as chief operating officer.[22] After joining Embracer, Saber became a platform for future acquisitions of other studios.

In August 2020, Saber Interactive acquired 4A Games, the developers behind the Metro video game series and New World Interactive, the developers of Insurgency: Sandstorm.[23][24] In November 2020, Saber Interactive acquired 34BigThings, Mad Head Games, Nimble Giant Entertainment, Snapshot Games and Zen Studios.[25] Former President and CEO of id Software, Todd Hollenshead, joined Saber as Head of Publishing on November 18, 2020.[26]

Saber and Boss Team Games announced Evil Dead: The Game during The Game Awards 2020.[27]

In February 2021, Embracer Group announced that they acquired Aspyr and that the developer would be a subsidiary for Saber Interactive. The day one purchase price amounts to US$100 million on a cash and debt free basis, where US$60 million is paid in cash and US$40 million is paid in newly issued Embracer B shares. An additional consideration of a maximum of US$350 million may be paid under the agreement subject to certain conditions.[28]

In June 2021, new publishing label Prime Matter announced Saber Interactive was developing a new entry in the Painkiller franchise.

On June 10, 2021, Warhorse Studios announced that Saber Interactive will be developing a Kingdom Come: Deliverance port for the Nintendo Switch.[29]

In August 2021, Saber Interactive acquired 3D Realms and Slipgate Ironworks.[30]

Studios[edit]

Name Location Acquisition Ref
34BigThings Turin November 2020 [31]
3D Realms Aalborg August 2021 [32]
4A Games Kyiv August 2020 [33]
Sliema
Aspyr Media Austin, Texas February 2021 [34]
Bytex Saransk September 2021 [35]
Demiurge Studios Cambridge, Massachusetts August 2021 [36]
Fractured Byte Tallinn [37]
Mad Head Games Belgrade November 2020 [38]
Novi Sad
New World Interactive Calgary August 2020 [39]
Denver, Colorado
Montréal November 2020 [40]
Nimble Giant Entertainment Buenos Aires [41]
Saber Belarus Minsk February 2020 [42]
Saber Portugal Porto
Saber Russia Saint Petersburg
Saber Spain Alcobendas
Saber Sweden Sundsvall
Sandbox Strategies Manhattan, New York November 2020 [43]
Slipgate Ironworks Aalborg August 2021 [44]
SmartPhone Labs Veliky Novgorod [45]
Snapshot Games Los Angeles, California November 2020 [46]
Sofia
Zen Studios Budapest [47]

Games developed[edit]

Year Title Platform(s) Publisher Ref.
2003 Will Rock Microsoft Windows Ubi Soft [48]
2007 TimeShift Sierra Entertainment [49]
PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
2011 Battle: Los Angeles Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3 Konami [50]
Xbox 360
Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary Microsoft Studios [51]
2012 Inversion Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Namco Bandai Games [52]
2013 God Mode Atlus [53]
R.I.P.D. The Game [54]
2014 Halo: The Master Chief Collection Xbox One Microsoft Studios [55]
2015 Halo Online Microsoft Windows
2016 FIE Swordplay Android, iOS International Fencing Federation [56]
2017 MX Nitro Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One Miniclip [57]
Spintires: MudRunner Focus Home Interactive [58]
NBA Playgrounds Mad Dog Games
Quake Champions Microsoft Windows Bethesda Softworks
2018 Armored Warfare PlayStation 4, Xbox One My.com [59]
Bass Pro Shops: The Strike - Championship Edition Nintendo Switch Planet Entertainment [60]
Cabela's The Hunt: Championship Edition [61]
NBA 2K Playgrounds 2 Microsoft Windows, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One 2K Sports [62]
Road Redemption Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One Tripwire Interactive [63]
Spintires: MudRunner - American Wilds Nintendo Switch Focus Home Interactive [64]
World of Warriors PlayStation 4 Sony Online Entertainment [65]
2019 Call of Cthulhu Nintendo Switch Focus Home Interactive [66]
Ghostbusters: The Video Game - Remastered Microsoft Windows, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One Mad Dog Games [67]
Killing Floor 2 Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One Tripwire Interactive
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt - Complete Edition Nintendo Switch CD Projekt [68]
Vampyr Focus Home Interactive [69]
World War Z Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One Mad Dog Games [70]
2020 Crysis Remastered Microsoft Windows, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One Crytek [71]
Halo 2: Anniversary Microsoft Windows Xbox Game Studios [72]
Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary [73]
MX Nitro: Unleashed Microsoft Windows, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One Mad Dog Games [74]
SnowRunner Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One Focus Home Interactive [75]
Spintires: MudRunner Android, iOS Focus Home Interactive [76]
WWE 2K Battlegrounds Microsoft Windows, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Stadia, Xbox One 2K Sports [77]
2021 SnowRunner Nintendo Switch Focus Home Interactive [78]
Crysis 2 Remastered Microsoft Windows, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One Crytek [79]
Crysis 3 Remastered [79]
Kingdom Come: Deliverance Nintendo Switch Prime Matter [80]
World War Z Mad Dog Games [81]
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt - Complete Edition PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S CD Projekt [82]
World War Z: Aftermath Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One Saber Interactive [83]
2022 Evil Dead: The Game Microsoft Windows, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Stadia, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S Boss Team Games [84]
A Quiet Place TBA Saber Interactive [85]
TBA Unannounced Painkiller title TBA Prime Matter [86]

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