Darksiders and Red Faction go to Nordic Games

Nordic Games emerges as the big winner of the THQ auction

THQ has revealed the three buyers who took its remaining IP at auction. The total came to $6.55 million, split between three buyers. Gearbox Software already announced that it purchased the Homeworld series, but with THQ's release we now know how much it paid: $1.35 million. Italian publisher 505 Games picked up the Drawn to Life titles for $300,000.

The surprising winner of a number of THQ properties was Swedish publisher Nordic Games Licensing AB. Nordic Games is the current owner and publisher of a number of titles that previously belonged to JoWood Entertainment, including the Gothic and Spellforce series.

The publisher paid a total of $4.9 million for the lots comprised of the Red Faction series, the MX series, the Darksiders series, Other Owned Software, and Other Licensed Software. The latter two lots bundled a lot of THQ's smaller series together, including Frontlines, Destroy All Humans, Titan Quest, Juiced, The Outfit, and Summoner. The full list of what was included in each lot is available here.

"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," said Nordic Games CEO Lars Wingefors in a statement. "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 installments of acquired IPs."

Over on its official forums, Nordic Games has already asked for player feedback on the future of Darksiders, MX vs. ATV, Red Faction, and Titan Quest. Darksiders in particular seems prime for a return, though Nordic hasn't made any concrete plans for the series.

"Naturally we don't have any sure plans for the future of the series, as we don't even have a development team," wrote Nordic business & product development director Reinhard Pollice in a post on the forums. "So, for now we will be analyzing the situation and trying to figure out what's the best option. One thing is sure: The tale of the four horsemen is not over!"

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Rick Lopez Illustrator, Graphic Designer 9 years ago
My only wish for Darksiders is that they can find some way to work with the original developeras at Crytek to make it.
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Lindsay Cox Games Programmer, Mediatonic9 years ago
I still kind of wanted Platinum to pick up Darksiders as they could added some Revengeance and Bayonetta flair to it. And if Crytek picked it up it would have looked super pretty. Although someone like Remedy I guess could do something pretty cool with the franchise.
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David Radd Senior Editor, IndustryGamers9 years ago
I'm kind of glad that someone like a Nordic got many of these properties if it didn't go to the original developers. There's hope that they'll use them to expand their business and make a push into being a more prominent publisher, rather than these properties collecting dust at some larger publisher who might pick them up just for the sake of having them.
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Dan Parkes Programmer / Designer / Co-Founder, Fundamental Games9 years ago
Well, according to an "exclusive phone interview with Eurogamer":

The new owner of the Darksiders IP is keen to speak with the series' creators about making Darksiders 3.


"In the last 24 hours we have been approached by people who seem to know that product very well. However, if those discussions lead anywhere, I don't know."


"Without saying we have been in contact with Crytek USA [who picked up several ex-Vigil guys], I'd love to do something with them if we can find the right set-up," Wingefors said. "If they can prove they can make a worthwhile sequel, why shouldn't we talk?"
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Greg Wilcox Creator, Destroy All Fanboys! 9 years ago
Hmmm... I'd LOVE to see Avalanche do anything with any of those franchises. An open-world Darksiders? Yup. A Titan Quest game? Sure, why not? Just Cause 2 was pretty incredible, so I'm sure that engine (or a newer one) could do wonders for anything (if they get to work on it)...
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