If you were worried that THQ’s dissolution would doom some of its most notable franchise to hit the dumpster, your new best friend may just be Nordic Games, which has picked up the rights to several THQ franchises in an auction of the now-defunct company’s assets. THQ’s auction process ended on April 15.
Per the terms of the auction, Nordic Games will have the rights to develop further titles in the Darksiders, Red Faction, MX vs. ATV, Titan Quest, Supreme Commander, Frontlines, Stuntman, Juiced, Full Spectrum Warrior and Destroy All Humans franchises, among others. A full list of Nordic’s newly acquired franchises, as well as a fan discussion about what should be done with them, is available at Nordic Games’ forum.
“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 Lars Wingefors, owner and CEO of Nordic Games Group AB. “A very important point for us is not to dash into several self-financed multimillion-dollar projects right away, but rather to continue our in-depth analysis of all titles and carefully selecting different financing models for developing new installments of acquired IPs.”
Nordic Games is the publisher of such games as Painkiller HD, Singstar, Book of Unwritten Tales and upcoming titles including The Raven and Deadfall Adventures.
Nordic Games and THQ expect the U.S. Bankruptcy Court to hear the motion for the sale on May 13, 2013 and to finalize the purchase transactions thereafter. Subject to approval of the bankruptcy court, Nordic Games will acquire more than 150 SKUs for a purchasing price of $4.9 million USD across PC, Microsoft, Nintendo and Sony platforms.