Nordic Games Snags Lion's Share of THQ Properties

Nordic Games Snags Lion's Share of THQ Properties

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Darksiders, Red Faction, and Titan Quest could get sequels from the publisher behind Painkiller: Hell and Damnation.

Looking back, it's stunning to count how many intellectual properties THQ once controlled. The former publisher had its fingers in many pots, owning the rights to franchises like Homeworld, Saints Row, Darksiders, and many more. The company's variety made its bankruptcy all the more disappointing, but at least many THQ properties are making their way to new homes. Fresh on the heels of Gearbox's Homeworld acquisition, Nordic Games revealed that it's secured a rather significant portion of THQ's catalog. The Painkiller HD and Book of Unwritten Tales publisher now holds the rights to Darksiders, Red Faction, Titan Quest, and several other recognizable franchises.

"In the long term, we either want to cooperate with the original creators or best possible developers in order to work on sequels or additional content for these titles," said Nordic Games CEO Lars Wingefors. "A very important point for us is not to dash into several self-financed multi-million dollar projects right away, but rather to continue our in-depth analysis of all titles and carefully selecting different financing models for developing new instalments of acquired IPs."

Not only is this big news about THQ's former properties, but it's a huge step forward for Nordic Games. The THQ auction officially marks the biggest acquisition in Nordic's history, who spent approximately $4.9 million to obtain 150 stock-keeping units. The transaction includes all the above-mentioned franchises, Destroy all Humans, MX vs. ATV, Supreme Commander, Marvel Super Hero Squad, and more. Even licensing for Wheel of Fortune games are now held by Nordic. For comparison, Gearbox's winning bid for Homeworld alone cost $1.35 million.

All transactions between Nordic Games and THQ will be brought before the US Bankruptcy Court on May 13, at which point the transfer should become official. We still shouldn't expect a new Titan Quest or Red Faction game for some time, but the prospect of original creators returning to these franchises should be promising to a great many fans.

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First things first, I hope this means we'll be getting a retail release of Darksiders 2 + DLC bundle.

Well they finally have something interesting besides Alan Wake and Painkiller.

Nordic games seems into that kind of stuff, they also made the second addon to spellforce 2. That one wasn't really good, but i think it's kinda because they couldn't get phenomic, since they are owned by EA now. (And have not made anything noteworthy since they got bought, good one EA!)

I would love to see a proper Red Faction: Guerilla sequel, I'm not sure if they've got the money power to pull it off though

Ooh, Titan Quest. That game had a cool class system.

WOOOO YES.
Now make that Darksiders 3, and make a decent Red Faction game!(Other than Guerilla)

Maybe Darksiders 3 won't be the pure shit that 2 was.
I doubt it, but maybe.

Now if they have somebody patch Darksiders 2 (so many bugs, can't even play the last piece of DLC) they'll be alright in my books. Unlikely to happen but a man can dare to dream.

Reading the list of THQ titles, I can see why COD, Halo and the likes are so popular... Most of the other big-name AAA games are pretty shitty. Darksiders, the last 2 RF games, Homefront... Really, all fails. I got a bunch of THQ games in the Humble Bundle and I can't get myself to play any of them.

Titan Quest! That game was a better, longer, nicer to play and fully customizable Diablo 3. Five years before Diablo 3.
I liked D3, but I knew I had played that game not so long ago.

The ball is in your court Nordic. A Platinum Games + Crytek USA Superstar Tagteam for Darksiders 3. I don't care how unlikely this is. If you make this happen, I'd open my bank account SO HARD.

I thought Deep Silver bought Volition, who own the Red Faction Franchise (as it is related to Saints Row)

Hmm, I dunno - Painkiller HD's struck me as a colossally lazy game, half remake half trying to be its own canon story + not quite pulling off either. Intriguing to see a new publisher trying to give things a serious go though, wonder how this'll turn out

Dunno what to make of this. I liked Titan Quest and even Darksiders (despite it being a colossale rip-off of several popular games) but I don't exactly feel a great demand for sequels and I kinda doubt their finances and ability to elevate these franchises beyond mediocrity. Prove me wrong Nordic Games :)

Telumektar:
Titan Quest! That game was a better, longer, nicer to play and fully customizable Diablo 3. Five years before Diablo 3.
I liked D3, but I knew I had played that game not so long ago.

I would like to add that IMO it was better looking as well.

Well, bugger.
It's not that I don't like the prospect of new titles in some of these series, and Nordic Games' intention of working with the original developers where possible [hint: it's very unlikely, sadly], but I don't trust Nordic Games with their "let's do some lazy sequel and cash in big time" approach which they took wholesale from their JoWooD acquisition. :/

Well... How bad can it go under Nordic's command? Hopefully they have investors with more than one brain cell between them, and execs who have at least heard of the true nature of the gaming market.

Gardenia:

I would like to add that IMO it was better looking as well.

For a game released in 2006 (the 2007 expansion fixed some bugs, though) it looked really well. In fact even D3's physics reminded me a lot of Titan Quest's.

A possible new Darksiders... from the same guys who made Painkiller?

I can think of plenty worse situations that could have happened. In fact, this is pretty good! And Titan's Quest too. That's just awesome. ^^

Yay for darksiders... odd with Red Faction? (always thought the joke link to the saints was cannon now i guess it'll be forgotten) Altogether a posititve release of information good news for everyone.

LordMonty:
(always thought the joke link to the saints was cannon now i guess it'll be forgotten)

Not a joke, a fact. There are tons of hints in both series that it's true.
Hence I am wondering as well what's up with the same series (basically) being sold to two different publishers - one with the developers-team, one without.

Aw... I was hoping Platinum would pick up Darksiders. I think they would have done a good job with it.

Amaror:
Nordic games seems into that kind of stuff, they also made the second addon to spellforce 2. That one wasn't really good, but i think it's kinda because they couldn't get phenomic, since they are owned by EA now. (And have not made anything noteworthy since they got bought, good one EA!)

They were responsible for Faith in Destiny? Then yeah I ain't giving these people a snowballs chance in muspelheim of using their newly gained IP's in any decent manner. Shame for the fans though.

I will save my 'yay's for Darksiders until i have Darksiders 3 in hand and I like it

I'd be more excited about someone having the rights to Titan Quest if the people who made it weren't already making Grim Dawn. TQ wasn't good because of the setting, which was just a generic Ancient Greek based fantasy setting. In fact, given how generic it was I'm amazed anyone would even bother paying for the rights to it since no matter how silly copyright laws get, I'm pretty sure Greek mythology is in the public domain. What made the game fun was the gameplay, character system, and so on. The specific setting is irrelevant for that.

Halyah:

Amaror:
Nordic games seems into that kind of stuff, they also made the second addon to spellforce 2. That one wasn't really good, but i think it's kinda because they couldn't get phenomic, since they are owned by EA now. (And have not made anything noteworthy since they got bought, good one EA!)

They were responsible for Faith in Destiny? Then yeah I ain't giving these people a snowballs chance in muspelheim of using their newly gained IP's in any decent manner. Shame for the fans though.

No, they didn't. They published Faith in Destiny. They also published every other Spellforce game and expansion pack, although mostly under the name JoWood Entertainment. Faith in Destiny was a mess for all too common reasons - funding issues, delays, and being passed between different developers.

Kahani:

Halyah:

Amaror:
Nordic games seems into that kind of stuff, they also made the second addon to spellforce 2. That one wasn't really good, but i think it's kinda because they couldn't get phenomic, since they are owned by EA now. (And have not made anything noteworthy since they got bought, good one EA!)

They were responsible for Faith in Destiny? Then yeah I ain't giving these people a snowballs chance in muspelheim of using their newly gained IP's in any decent manner. Shame for the fans though.

No, they didn't. They published Faith in Destiny. They also published every other Spellforce game and expansion pack, although mostly under the name JoWood Entertainment. Faith in Destiny was a mess for all too common reasons - funding issues, delays, and being passed between different developers.

Ah. In that case I have a bit more fate that they might be able to do something with these acquisitions after all. I'll cross my fingers and hope for the best for them.

Also a shame FiD happened. Maybe it's time to pretend it didn't exist...

 

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