Darksiders, Red Faction And Titan Quest Properties Acquired By Nordic Games

By Ishaan . April 22, 2013 . 3:30pm

Nordic Games, publisher of games like Painkiller HD, Singstar, Book of Unwritten Tales and more has acquired a number of properties from bankrupt publisher THQ for a total of $4.9 million, pending approval from the court.


Among these properties are: Darksiders, Red Faction, MX vs. ATV, Titan Quest, Supreme Commander, Frontlines, Stuntman, Juiced, Full Spectrum Warrior, Destroy All Humans and “much more”. How much more? Nordic say they’ve acquired more than 150 individual SKUs from THQ, spanning PC, Microsoft, Nintendo and Sony platforms.


The acquisition is being handled by Nordic Games Licensing AB, based in Karlstad, Sweden, whereas the day-to-day business activities—described as sales and distribution of said titles, and evaluation of sequels and new content—will be conducted by Nordic Games GmbH, based in Vienna, Austria. The Vienna-based division along with its North American sister company Nordic Games NA Inc. already takes handles the company’s previously acquired JoWooD and DreamCatcher IPs.


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


“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. 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.”


Nordic Games and THQ expect the U.S. Bankruptcy Court to hear the motion for the sale on May 13th, 2013 and to finalize the transactions following that. Nordic are inviting interested gamers in discussing how these properties should proceed moving forward at their forums.


Meanwhile, THQ’s Homeworld and Drawn to Life properties have been acquired by Gearbox Software and 505 Games, respectively.

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  • Luis Camargo

    Speed Darksiders 3 and then think about the rest. I doubt they bought everything just to leave gathering dust.

  • Solomon_Kano

    I was just crying about this, but reading their statement has given me hope!

    Since Nordic isn’t isn’t tossing it to one of the devs already under their umbrella, this means Crytek USA could actually still work on it! Oh, hallelujah!

    • The question is whether Crytek will want Crytek USA to work on it. Everything Crytek has said of late has been along the lines of free-to-play and online and whatnot.

      • Solomon_Kano

        Good point. All the same, I can’t imagine them putting that into action immediately. Crytek believe the future is in F2P, but they aren’t exactly rushing out of the full-priced arena.

        Plus their intent to bid on Darksiders in the first place would indicate that they were at least entertaining Crytek USA developing another game.

        • Yerld_CK

          Crytek is in the process of abandoning full-priced games. The goal is to go completely F2P within 2-5 years…..it’s a matter of finishing existing projects (they have some console games in the works, such as Homefront 2 and an unannounced Kinect project) and building their Gface platform.

          WIth these plans in place, I find it unlikely that they’d want to commit to a single-player, next-gen Darksiders sequel. Furthermore, Crytek USA was established to make online games, so they were possibly entertaining the idea of a Darksiders Online (as opposed to Darksiders III).

    • XypherCode

      Or PlatinumGames *wink* xD

      • Solomon_Kano

        Honestly, I only want Platinum on this if they absolutely can’t get Crytek USA. I love Platinum dearly, but they definitely aren’t who I’m hoping for.

  • Lexaus_the_Alchemist

    All those and more for a low $4.9mil?! Jeez they made out like bandits.

    It is disappointing that Crytek USA didn’t get Darksiders, but hopefully Nordic will try to work out a partnership with them.

  • Farid Belkacemi

    Still no DLC for Darksiders 2 on Wii U, maybe they could start there :p

  • DCBlackbird

    huh….. I’m not familiar with their work but it looks like I will be now

  • Saintdante

    When I saw these guys I was like who the hell are these guys? But apparently they publish quite a bit of the games I like to play on PC. It’s nice to see that they want to make sure these series go to proper developers it’s always nice to see people thinking about how to properly make a game from an established ip rather than just jumping headfirst into it.

  • Just Tim

    Congrats on the major acquisitions, Nordic Games.

    With that said, I do miss the camp that is “Destroy All Humans!”

  • artemisthemp

    A bit sad, that Crytek didn’t acquire Darksiders, but hopefully Nordic will make a good Darksiders 3

    • Don’t hold your breath.

      • artemisthemp

        I can’t hold my breath and drink Dooley ad the same time

  • pekikuubik

    R.I.P. Homeworld

    But it’ll be nice to get all three HW games on Steam/GOG at least.

  • isfuturebright

    It’s sad to see THQ being stripped apart like that with all it’s franchises going all over the places :/

  • Göran Isacson

    Interesting. Since CryTek themselves seem to want to concentrate on F2P games instead of big budget console action games, I wonder if Nordic will shop around for developers or try their best to get as many of the original teams into a NEW team that can deal with these projects.

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