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THQ Nordic acquires Alone in the Dark and Act of War

Acquisition spree continues for Austrian publisher with rights to survival horror, RTS IP from Atari

THQ Nordic continues its spree of acquisitions today, finalizing the acquisition of Alone in the Dark and Act of War from Atari Europe SAS.

The acquisition is being managed by THQ Nordic AB in Karlstad, Sweden, though daily operations will take place at the Austrian HQ.

Survival horror Alone in the Dark comes with a solid history of three original numbered titles plus a spin-off, a 2001 Darkworks-developed PlayStation release, a 2008 Eden Games-developed series revamp, and most recently a 2015 online-only release from Pure FPS. The series was originally inspired by H.P. Lovecraft's works, and its first entry has the honor of being the Guinness-awarded "First Ever 3D Survival Horror Game."

Act of War is somewhat less historied as a single RTS game made in 2005 by Eugen Systems. The game's story was written by retired US Air Force captain and author Dale Brown.

This acquisition is but the latest in a string from THQ Nordic of late. This year alone, the Austrian publisher has picked up Koch Media (including Deep Silver with Metro and Saints Row), HandyGames, TimeSplitters, Second Sight, and Kingdoms of Amalur.

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