Nordic Games gets Darksiders, Red Faction

Auction results for bankrupt publisher's remaining IP reveals new home from THQ games; Gearbox paid $1.35 million for Homeworld, 505 Games get Drawn to Life for $300,000.


The auction results for bankrupt publisher THQ's remaining assets have been published, with Nordic Games taking the Darksiders, Red Faction, and MX vs. ATV franchises for $4.9 million. The publisher also scored the Destroy all Humans!, Summoner, and Supreme Commander rights.

"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 owner and CEO of Nordic Games Group AB, Lars Wingefors, in a statement. "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."

Crytek USA, staffed by numerous ex-Vigil Games developers, had expressed interest in buying the Darksiders IP.

505 Games (Sniper Elite V2, Naughty Bear) also took home a new franchise today. The publisher purchased the rights to Drawn to Life and Drawn to Life: The Next Chapter for $300,000.

The auction results also revealed the price Gearbox Software paid for the Homeworld IP: $1.35 million. The Plano, Texas developer will create new games in the series that will preserve the "purest form" of the franchise for digital platforms.

A Bankruptcy Court will hear the sales motions--totaling $6.55 million--on May 13, with the transactions expected to be finalized thereafter. Runner-up bids were not divulged.

The first THQ auction took place in January, during which franchises like Saints Row, Metro, Homefront, and Company of Heroes found new homes. Check out the full results of that auction for more.

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