Lego Star Wars developer Traveller’s Tales has snapped up Embryonic Studios for an undisclosed fee, and assumes control of the firm’s 20-staff operation in Cheshire.Embryonic has previously developed titles including Privateer, Brute Force and Starlancer, as well as producing several licensed games such as Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone and Star Trek: Invasion. The studio was formed in 2005 by Nick Elms, a former founder of Warthog and Digital Anvil.
The new deal, which was overseen by Farleys Solicitors, is another coup for TT Games-owned Traveller’s Tales, which has scored several major hits through its exclusive use of the LEGO licence in recent years.
Founder Jon Burton said of the deal: “We are delighted to have completed the acquisition. Embryonic possess a very talented workforce that will help drive Traveller’s tales on to further success.”
Embryonic joins ambitious Knutsford-based Traveller’s Tales as it basks in the continued sales success of its BAFTA award winning release LEGO Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy, and continues to expand its current 120-strong operation.
The firm has previously developed a wide range of games since its formation in 1989, including high profile titles like Toy Story, Mickey Mania, Sonic 3D, Sonic R, Rascal and Crash Bandicoot. It has worked for a number of major publishers too, including Disney, Sega, Nintendo and Sony-Psygnosis.
Debbie King of Farleys Solicitors, which advised Traveller’s Tales on the deal, added: "The acquisition of Embryonic will enable Traveller’s Tales to break into new markets and continue to be one of the main layers in the computer games industry."