Aspyr Media has purchased the video game studio Beamdog.
Beamdog will operate as an independent studio within Aspyr. They are best known for bringing beloved Dungeons & Dragons role-playing games like Baldur’s Gate and Planescape: Torment to desktop, tablets, and modern consoles. The acquisition is subject to regulatory approval and other agreed-upon closing conditions.
Founded in 2009 by former BioWare leads Trent Oster and Cameron Tofer, Beamdog is one of Canada’s most established game studios. Its team of 80 artists, designers, and developers have relationships with top licensors, including Wizards of the Coast and Hasbro. Oster will continue to lead the team.
The two companies will collaborate closely on Beamdog’s newly revealed MythForce. Aspyr will publish the game as an early access title on the Epic Games Store on April 20, 2022. The game draws inspiration from beloved ‘80s cartoon franchises like Thundercats and He-Man. MythForce unites colorful swords and sorcery with gripping first-person combat in a roguelite adventure.
“This acquisition will open up a ton of exciting opportunities for us,” said Beamdog CEO Trent Oster. “Beamdog can now focus our talent, efforts, and imagination on building the great games we want to play while properly looking after established fan-favorite RPGs. Beamdog’s first original IP is a fun-filled start to our studio’s next chapter,”
“Beamdog is a tremendously talented group that we’ve admired for a long time. Their development philosophy and studio vision are perfectly aligned with ours. We look forward to seeing them realize their ambition with MythForce while maximizing the long-term potential of an incredible archive of classic games,” adds Ted Staloch, CEO of Aspyr.
Aspyr Media is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Embracer’s Saber Interactive operative group.