Saber Interactive

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Saber Interactive Incorporated
Subsidiary
IndustryVideo games
Founded2001; 19 years ago (2001)
Founders
  • Andrey Iones
  • Matthew Karch
  • Anton Krupkin
Headquarters,
US
Number of locations
12 offices (2020)
Key people
Number of employees
1350[1] (2020)
ParentEmbracer Group (2020–present)
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; Madrid, Spain; Minsk, Belarus; Porto, Portugal; Denver, Colorado; Sliema, Malta; Kiev, Ukraine and Sundsvall, Sweden and employs over 950 people.[2][3] Saber was acquired by Embracer Group in February 2020, making the studio a direct subsidiary.[4]

History[edit]

Saber Interactive was founded in 2001 by Andrey Iones, Matthew Karch, and Anton Krupkin.[5][6] Karch continues to serve as chief executive officer and Iones as chief operating officer.[7] Saber developed and uses a proprietary game engine, the Saber3D engine, which was introduced with TimeShift (2007) and has continuously evolved for use in current games.[8][9]

On August 1, 2016, Saber Interactive opened its first internal studio outside of Russia in Madrid.[10] This was the beginning of a major international expansion, with Saber opening studios Sundsvall, Sweden, and Minsk, Belarus. In October 2019, Saber Interactive acquired Bigmoon Entertainment[11], a game development studio of forty people based in Porto, Portugal, and rebranded the studio as Saber Porto.[11][12]

In August 2019, id Software studio director Tim Willits joined Saber as chief creative officer.[13]

In February 2020, Embracer Group acquired Saber in a deal worth US$525 million.[4] Saber became the fifth direct subsidiary under Embracer and will maintain autonomy under the deal. After joining Embracer, Saber became a platform for future acquisitions of other studios. In August 2020, Saber Interactive acquired 4A Games and New World Interactive.[14][15] In November 2020, Saber Interactive acquired 34BigThings, Mad Head Games, Nimble Giant Entertainment, Snapshot Games and Zen Studios.[16]

Games developed[edit]

Year Title Platform(s) Publisher Ref.
2003 Will Rock Microsoft Windows Ubi Soft [17]
2007 TimeShift Sierra Entertainment [18]
PlayStation 3
Xbox 360
2011 Battle: Los Angeles Microsoft Windows Konami [19]
PlayStation 3
Xbox 360
Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary Microsoft Studios [20]
2012 Inversion Microsoft Windows Namco Bandai Games [21]
PlayStation 3
Xbox 360
2013 God Mode Microsoft Windows Atlus [22]
PlayStation 3
Xbox 360
R.I.P.D. The Game Microsoft Windows [23]
PlayStation 3
Xbox 360
2014 Halo: The Master Chief Collection Xbox One Microsoft Studios [24]
2015 Halo Online Microsoft Windows Microsoft Studios
2016 FIE Swordplay Android International Fencing Federation [25]
iOS
2017 MX Nitro Microsoft Windows Miniclip [26]
PlayStation 4
Xbox One
Spintires: MudRunner Microsoft Windows Focus Home Interactive [27]
PlayStation 4
Xbox One
NBA Playgrounds Microsoft Windows Mad Dog Games
Playstation 4
Xbox One
Quake Champions Microsoft Windows Bethesda Softworks
2018 Armored Warfare PlayStation 4 My.com [28]
Xbox One [29]
Bass Pro Shops: The Strike - Championship Edition Nintendo Switch Planet Entertainment [30]
Cabela's The Hunt: Championship Edition [31]
NBA 2K Playgrounds 2 Microsoft Windows 2K Sports [32]
Nintendo Switch
PlayStation 4
Xbox One
Road Redemption Nintendo Switch Tripwire Interactive [33]
PlayStation 4
Xbox One
Spintires: MudRunner - American Wilds Nintendo Switch Focus Home Interactive [34]
World of Warriors PlayStation 4 Sony Online Entertainment [35]
2019 Call of Cthulhu Nintendo Switch Focus Home Interactive [36]
Ghostbusters: The Video Game - Remastered Microsoft Windows Mad Dog Games [37]
Nintendo Switch
PlayStation 4
Xbox One
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt - Complete Edition Nintendo Switch CD Projekt [38]
Vampyr Focus Home Interactive [39]
World War Z Microsoft Windows Mad Dog Games [40]
PlayStation 4
Xbox One
Killing Floor 2 Microsoft Windows Tripwire Interactive
PlayStation 4
Xbox One
2020 Crysis Remastered Microsoft Windows Crytek [41]
Nintendo Switch
PlayStation 4
Xbox One
Halo (PC version) Microsoft Windows Xbox Game Studios [42]
SnowRunner Microsoft Windows Focus Home Interactive [43]
PlayStation 4
Xbox One
MX Nitro: Unleashed Microsoft Windows Mad Dog Games [44]
Nintendo Switch
PlayStation 4
Xbox One
WWE 2K Battlegrounds Microsoft Windows 2K Sports [45]
Nintendo Switch
PlayStation 4
Xbox One
Stadia
TBA The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt - Complete Edition
PlayStation 5 CD Projekt [46]
Xbox Series X
World War Z Nintendo Switch Mad Dog Games [47]

References[edit]

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  26. ^ "Miniclip moves to console publishing with MX Nitro, but mobile's still 'extremely healthy'". MCV/DEVELOP. February 15, 2017. Retrieved April 30, 2020.
  27. ^ O'Connor, Alice (August 18, 2017). "Spintires returning enhanced & expanded in MudRunner". Rock, Paper, Shotgun. Retrieved April 30, 2020.
  28. ^ "Armored Warfare Announced for PS4; Coming Early 2018". DualShockers. August 17, 2017. Retrieved April 30, 2020.
  29. ^ "Armored Warfare Finally Launching on Xbox One on August 2nd". DualShockers. July 25, 2018. Retrieved April 30, 2020.
  30. ^ "Bass Pro Shops: The Strike - Championship Edition coming to Switch later this year". Nintendo Everything. August 14, 2018. Retrieved April 30, 2020.
  31. ^ "Cabela's: The Hunt Championship Edition Announced For Switch, Joy-Con Rifle Included". NintendoSoup. August 26, 2018. Retrieved April 30, 2020.
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  38. ^ Seedhouse, Alex (June 11, 2019). "The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Complete Edition Coming To Nintendo Switch". Nintendo Insider. Retrieved April 30, 2020.
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  40. ^ "World War Z Game Release Date Period Confirmed, Coming to PS4, Xbox One, and PC in 2019". GameRevolution. August 20, 2018. Retrieved April 30, 2020.
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  42. ^ "Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary is Now Out on Steam!". IGN Southeast Asia. March 4, 2020. Retrieved April 30, 2020.
  43. ^ "Saber Interactive will stay on SnowRunner after Embracer's embrace". VentureBeat. February 19, 2020. Retrieved April 30, 2020.
  44. ^ Nguyen, Lisa (March 16, 2020). "Saber Interactive Releases MX Nitro: Unleashed On Multiple Platforms | Happy Gamer". HappyGamer. Retrieved April 30, 2020.
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