Nordic Games, which only recently rebranded as THQ Nordic, made a name for itself by taking on some of the now defunct THQ's properties (like Darksiders and Red Faction). Today, THQ Nordic brought in a handful more of properties with the acquisition of NovaLogic's assets. The publisher clearly has been looking to continue its strategy of buying IP that's been somewhat ignored and hoping to capitalize on them. In the last few years, the publisher has purchased Desperados and Silver from Atari, as well as the PC strategy series Jagged Alliance and Codename: Panzers.
Now, in addition to gaining the NovaLogic trademark, should THQ Nordic wish to use it, the company has gained once popular military-themed franchises like the Delta Force, Comanche, Joint Operations, Armored Fist, Tachyon: The Fringe, F-22, F-16 and others.
"After 30 years of creating ground breaking Computer and Video Games we are proud to pass the baton to THQ Nordic. As individuals, they are enthusiastic gamers and as a company have shown the agility and acumen needed to propel our industry towards a much-needed reset," said John Garcia, owner, founder and CEO of NovaLogic Inc. "We are happy to see the franchises we created in such capable hands."
"NovaLogic pioneered military simulations and military-themed multiplayer shooters with vehicular combat and also clearly targeted at an adult audience," said Reinhard Pollice, Business and Product Development Director, THQ Nordic. "We are extremely satisfied with the new additions to our portfolio, and also very thrilled about how to continue some of said franchises, we are open for talks in this regard if any developer approaches us with a concept for a potential sequel to any IP."
As of August, THQ Nordic had 23 games in development (13 unannounced) and now that number is likely to grow with one or more of these NovaLogic properties. The flight simulator franchises in particular could be intriguing given that the space has been somewhat ignored and may be ripe for proper VR development.
Pollice continued: "We are scouting opportunities to expand these franchises in a manner that honours NovaLogic's rich heritage and sets THQ Nordic up to compete in a new genre."
As for NovaLogic, the firm had stopped creating new products in 2007, but had continued to promote its back catalogue.
"NovaLogic has operated continuously since it was founded in 1985," Garcia added. "It stopped doing R&D in 2007 but kept on marketing its extensive catalog until the present.
"With this sale to THQ Nordic, we now have time to concentrate on searching for the next step, one that is as fun, groundbreaking and rewarding as the NovaLogic experience has been."