Embark Studios was founded by industry veterans Magnus Nordin, Rob Runesson, Stefan Strandberg, Patrick Söderlund, Jenny Huldschiner, and Johan Andersson. ARC Raiders was announced at The Game Awards in December 2021 — a free-to-play cooperative action shooter coming to PC, Xbox Series X/S, and PS5 in 2022. ARC Raiders will be utilizing machine learning AI on an open-world map with day and night cycles.
Embark Studios’ second game code-named Discovery might be named “The Finals”. There are multiple trademarks filed with EUIPO, USPTO, and JPO under the name, which were filed around the same time trademarks for ARC Raiders were filed. The Finals will be a free-to-play team-based first-person shooter. The launch window is looking towards 2023, as announced by the CEO of Nexon, Owen Mahoney, last week in an annual letter to Nexon shareholders. “One is the second game from Embark, code-named Discovery which we plan to launch within 12 months of ARC Raiders.”
However, that’s not all. Embark Studios is currently also working on a third project, which will be a creative platform game — announced in the Q3 2021 Earnings Prepared Remarks from Nexon. This creative platform game will allow players to craft their own virtual world to be played, remixed, and shared with other players. The technology that is helping create ARC Raiders and The Finals will also be implemented into this creative platform game.
At the moment, we don’t have many details about these three projects that the company is working on. However, in the coming year, we should hopefully get more information on all three of these projects from Embark Studios. The company plans to “launch several Virtual Worlds in the coming 12–18 months”, so it seems like we’re about to find out soon, too.
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