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Nordic Games Acquires Darksiders, Red Faction, MX vs. ATV, and Many Others

Gearbox announced yesterday that they were the THQ auction winners for the Homeworld IP, and in the evening, Nordic Games announced that they cleaned up the rest of THQ's house. Specifically, Nordic Games, who has published Painkiller HD and Singstar, was the winning bidder for Darksiders, Red Faction, MX vs. ATV, Titan Quest, Supreme Commander, Frontlines, Stuntman, Juiced, Full Spectrum Warrior, and Destroy All Humans. And actually, these are just the big names from the acquisition. The Austrian-based publisher acquired over 150 SKUs from the THQ auction for $4.9 million.

“First and foremost we are very happy about this deal which also turns over a new leaf for the entire Nordic Games Group. 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," Lars Wingefors, owner and CEO of Nordic Games Group AB, said in a press release. “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."

In other words, no, we don't exactly know what we will do with all of this just yet.

It is expected that the bankruptcy court in THQ's case will hear the motion for this sale on May 13th, and they will finalize the purchases shortly therafter.

I am feeling all hopes for a Darksiders 3 being dashed into the ground, but I suppose I should have never held out hope for that franchise when it didn't sell the first time around.



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Duffey Apr 23 2013, 10:02 am EDT
Please be a new Titan Quest! and a new painkiller.
Vader [STAFF] Apr 23 2013, 11:39 am EDT
Darksiders 3'll do me.
Reaper Apr 23 2013, 12:52 pm EDT
Irone Lore that did Titan's Quest went under in... 2008?
Few of former members started Crate Design and are creating Grim Dawn, spiritual successor to Titan's Quest but not set in same universe obviously due to IP....
LostPcGamer Apr 23 2013, 01:13 pm EDT
Give me another Red Faction and Supreme Commander. I don't care about the rest,
antonphd Apr 23 2013, 03:03 pm EDT
i am so bummed about Darksiders. i love that series.
Cheddar Apr 25 2013, 12:17 am EDT
Looking at all their random acquisitions in the last few years, Nordic Games seems to be some sort of compulsive cheap IP hoarder.

I don't know what they can realistically do with Darksiders that would be worth a damn. The second and third-rate studios they've published before aren't remotely talented enough to take over a franchise like Darksiders, and Nordic Games itself doesn't have the financial clout to form a truly first-rate studio in house (much less reassemble Vigil), or even appropriately fund a triple-A sort of game in the first place.
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