Dark Horse Comics CEO Mike Richardson has opened up about where the publisher is in the wake of its purchase by Embracer Group — and it sounds as if he’s teasing a particularly synergistic future in which the two companies take full advantage of their new relationship.
Asked by industry site ICv2 if the publisher would be involved in the media expansion of parent company Embracer’s game properties — which include Tomb Raider, Deus Ex, Duke Nukem, Borderlands, Deep Rock Galactic, City of Heroes, and many, many more — Richardson answered, “That’s one of our goals. We have long-standing relationships with the studios, agencies, and talent in the film industry, and we hope to bring those relationships into play with the amazing content that exists inside Embracer. We think Dark Horse can be the linchpin in expanding Embracer’s footprint in entertainment.”
It’s worth noting that Dark Horse shares a parent company with another particularly notable genre property, with Embracer having acquired rights to JRR Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit earlier this year, something worth bearing in mind when Richardson talks about the potential of the publisher’s new place in the larger Embracer Group family.
“I can tell you both Dark Horse and Embracer have rich and deep libraries, something recognized by both sides when we entered into the agreement,” he said. “Of course, we’re all one company now and we’ve already begun the process of sitting with the different operating groups and discussing how we can take advantage of the relationship. I imagine you’ll be seeing some announcements in the near future.”
Earlier this year, Dark Horse became the latest publisher to sign a worldwide distribution deal with Penguin Random House.