With everything that has happened since PAX East, either gaming or not gaming related, I almost completely forgot that behind the scenes, THQ’s back catalog of (more or less) inactive IPs were being sold off. I’ve been eagerly awaiting to find out where some of my favorite franchises would be going and finally, the news has come. Yesterday we learned where each IP would be calling home once the courts finalize the winning bids in May.
The news kicked off earlier in the day when Gearbox Software announced that they had acquired the much sought after Homeworld IP beating out Stardock, Paradox and the funded Kickstarter attempt by teamPixel. Gearbox ended up grabbing the IP for a cool $1.35 million. While their track record has been spotty lately with the controversial and not well received Aliens: Colonial Marines, maybe this will be the franchise that gets fans back on their side.
The Drawn to Life series is heading over to 505 Games after they spent $300,000 for the IP.
Okay, I know you’re wondering about the big hitters like Red Faction and Darksiders, so let’s get to it. The big news from this auction is that virtually every other IP was picked up for $4.9 million by….Nordic Games. I’ll let that sink in a moment because like you, my first reaction went something like this: “Wait…who the hell is Nordic Games?” With all of the hype leading up to the auction from companies like Platinum Games and Crytek USA, hearing that a relative unknown such as Nordic Games picked up not just those two, but virtually every other THQ IP available was a bit shocking. They promised to release a comprehensive list of what they bought once the ink has dried in May, but rest assured, they picked up just about everything else on that list.
So who is Nordic Games? They’re a company based in Europe that acts as a publishing arm similar to what Koch Media/Deep Silver does. Nordic publishes games under 3 labels: Dreamcatcher, JoWooD, and The Adventure Company and have put out a lot of games including the Painkiller and SpellForce titles. For a more comprehensive list, click here. Interestingly enough, Nordic’s CEO has gone on record to say that he’d like to either want to cooperate with the original creators or best possible developers in order to work on sequels or additional content for the titles they acquired. So who knows, maybe a Volition led Red Faction or Crytek USA Darksiders title is in the cards down the road. For now, I’m going to withhold judgment and wait to see what Nordic can do with these IPs. Hopefully, they can capture the magic once again.