Nintendo acquires Hogwarts Legacy Port studio from Embracer Group

Nintendo announced today that it has acquired Shiver Entertainment, the company behind the Nintendo Switch ports of Hogwarts Legacy, Mortal Kombat 1, and more.

The company said in a press release It has entered into an agreement with Embracer to purchase 100% of the outstanding shares of Miami-based Shiver, making it a wholly-owned subsidiary. Shiver was founded in 2012, and has since, as Nintendo notes, “partnered with publishers and developers through commissions to develop titles at scale.” It was received From the Embracer collection in 2021.

“By welcoming the experienced and accomplished development team to Shiver, Nintendo aims to secure world-class resources to port and develop software titles,” the announcement read. “Going forward, even after becoming part of the Nintendo group, Shiver’s focus will remain the same, with continuing commissions porting and developing software for multiple platforms including Nintendo Switch.”

Shiver Entertainment has worked on ports of Hogwarts Legacy and more.

The announcement comes two weeks after Nintendo confirmed that it would unveil the Switch’s successor console “within this fiscal year” — that is, sometime before March 31, 2025. The Switch’s successor (what is largely referred to as Switch 2) was not mentioned in the announcement today, but it’s still a potential announcement as Nintendo prepares to reveal its future plans.

As previously mentioned, Shiver is best known for ports of Hogwarts Legacy, Mortal Kombat 11, and Mortal Kombat 1, as well as developing Scribblenauts Showdown. Some of its ports, like Hogwarts Legacy and Mortal Kombat 11, have done well enough, though the Mortal Kombat 1 port was widely criticized.

Financial terms were not disclosed in the announcement, but Nintendo noted that the acquisition “will have only a minor impact on Nintendo’s results for this fiscal year.”

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Alex Stedman is a senior news editor at IGN, overseeing entertainment reporting. When she’s not writing or editing, you can find her reading fantasy novels or playing Dungeons & Dragons.

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