Nordic Games Buys Up Darksiders, Red Faction, Summoner and Other THQ IPs


THQ is gone forever and the bidding for the publisher’s extensive portfolio of franchise IPs has finally ended.

Before today we knew that Crytek acquired the Homefront franchise, Deep Silver nabbed Metro: Last Light and Volition, Inc. (including Saints Row IV), Ubisoft picked up South Park: The Stick of Truth, and 2K Sports landed the WWE wrasslin series. But today we learn that Nordic Games has actually come away as the big winner of the THQ going out of business sale. At least in terms of quantity.

Nordic Games, known for publishing previously acquired JoWooD Entertainment and DreamCatcher Interactive IPs along with other recent titles like Book of Unwritten Tales and the PC version of Alan Wake, now owns the publishing rights to a huge roster of established franchise brands. Seriously, Nordic Games might as well just rename the company THQ Austria.

For the sum of $4.9 million, Nordic Games has acquired Darksiders, Red Faction (I guess it’s not dead after all!), Titan Quest, Summoner, MX vs. ATV, Supreme Commander, Frontlines, Stuntman, Juiced, Full Spectrum Warrior, Destroy All Humans, Marvel Super Hero Squad, The Outfit, Deadly Creatures and more.

I’m certainly down for more Red Faction and Summoner (oh, and Titan Quest), though I’d be curious to see who would develop those properties since Volition is now on team Deep Silver. Same goes for Darksiders with Vigil Games disbanding.

Many of these franchises have clout, but will they be able to maintain high standards without their original creators? We shall see.

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