Traveller's Tales acquires Embryonic

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.
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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."