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THQ Nordic Announces New Metro & Saints Row, Reaffirms Dead Island 2

THQ Nordic Announces New Metro, Saints Row, Reaffirms Dead Island 2

THQ Nordic has revealed a slew of new titles, including new entries in the Metro and Saints Row series, and the resurrection of the long-dormant Dead Island 2. The announcements were made during the company’s most recent earnings report, in which it also revealed that net sales were up 36 percent.

THQ Nordic first announced it was partnering once more with Metro developer 4A Games back in May. At the time it wasn’t revealed what the studio would be working on. During the earnings conference call, THQ Nordic Group CEO Lars Wingefors revealed that 4A will be working on the next entry in the Metro series. Metro Exodusthe third and latest entry in the series, came out in February, six years after 2013’s Metro Last Light, so it could be a while before any new details emerge.

Speaking of 2013, that’s when the last proper entry in the Saints Row series, Saints Row 4, came out. An expansion to Saints Row 4Gat Out of Hell, came out in 2015. As revealed during THQ Nordic’s earnings report, however, the fifth proper entry in the series is currently “deep in development” at Volition. Entries in the Saints Row series tend to come out just a few years apart, so more concrete information about this one might not be too far off.

Dead Island 2 is apparently back from the dead as well. The first entry in the series came out back in 2011 to critical yawns. The sequel was originally handed to Spec Ops: The Line studio Yager Development in 2012 and given a tentative 2015 release date. In 2016, development was transferred to Team Sonic Racing studio Sumo Digital. Now, THQ Nordic reports, lead development is being taken over by Nottingham-based Dambuster Studios, an internal studio operated by THQ Nordic subsidiary Deep Silver.

Also announced during the call were a new IP by German studio Fishlabs and a tease that the future of the Timesplitters franchise is currently being plotted.

THQ Nordic expects to release at least two major AAA titles for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2021.

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