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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Nova_Prime_85
Nova_Prime_85

Who is Nordic games? And what the hell have they produced? Can someone please fill me in? Thank you

But i am ecstatic that Gearbox picked up Homeworld, sweat god do i miss playing Homeworld

Ripper_TV
Ripper_TV

Trash publisher gets the best series, great.

MadParadox
MadParadox

Homeworld!!! The best space game ever <3

SavoyPrime
SavoyPrime

Since they are a publisher, there is still a good chance Crytek USA will be able to develop the Darksiders game(s). At least, I hope so.

AlucardZ909
AlucardZ909

Oh god why did Nordic get Darksiders and RF? WHY?!?! They are going to ruin them both, honestly it's a sad day for Darksiders and RF fans everywhere. Nordic, you had no right even considering buying these two games, you know you're crap so why did you have to acquire these two? Why? You'll just muck it all up and think 'hey we did good'.

Geowil
Geowil

Wow, so much hate for Nordic.  How about playing some of their good games instead of the crap.  They have published a lot of solid gold in the past.  Spellforce, Torchlight, and Gothic to name a few franchises.

In fact they are my inspiration for the game I am currently making, a space based RTS/RPG hybrid.


wrestlingdude
wrestlingdude

Great...I wish Crytek picked up Darksiders (And Red Faction) because Nordic games is cheap and lacks talent.  I have a feeling Nordic's new acquired IPs are going to plunge down hill.

DrKill09
DrKill09

Please bring back Red Faction.  I loved those games, all except RF2.  What a letdown. 

gplayer5
gplayer5

Honestly, I'm not too familiar with Nordic Games. Is this a good thing or a bad thing? I was just hoping for a good darksiders 3 game...

Hurvl
Hurvl

I'm Swedish and thus lives in the north, so Nordic Games make me proud!

Imperiusmax
Imperiusmax

As long as they make an awesome Darksiders 3 I don't care who owns the series.

iomor27
iomor27

Hopefully this doesn't spell the end of Darksiders. That's a very cool series that should be kept running.

Pyrosa
Pyrosa

Red Faction: Guerilla sequel please... (maybe with slightly more varied map color schemes)

jmr1986
jmr1986

I was starting to imagine Darksiders running on the CryEngine :(

radikel
radikel

can someone explain nordic's history?..i just cant help but feel that darksiders 3 is doomed :(

PETERAKO
PETERAKO

"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."

I'm not sure if I should feel worried or happy. If these new games are like F2P or casual/mobile shit, then Gearbox can go screw herself. this is not "purest" in any way.

steelmouth
steelmouth

damn this games were sold for peanuts, had i been even a bare milloanair i would have bought them my self

gbrading
gbrading moderator

Nordic really expanding their reach. Would be nice to see another Red Faction, that took the strengths of Guerrilla and built upon it. Still don't understand why Gearbox bought Homeworld.

skayj2
skayj2

What happened to Crytek USA's interest in it?

I thought it was gonna go back to it's creators! Damnit.

Well I'm glad to see that it won't die.

MightyEzekiel
MightyEzekiel

Red faction 5? fps with open world like guerilla? far cry style.. on mars :D

Vendettaaaa
Vendettaaaa

 i belived that the Darksiders universe was creation of Joe Madureira ...No joe ,,,,,,,,no darksiders ..trust me

jayjay444
jayjay444

And here I had hopes for Homeworld and now I have none, why Gearbox why did u have to buy it, anyone but u. RIP Homeworld. 

gladin09
gladin09

Gearbox with Homeworld?!?!?!

ADO300
ADO300

thank god somebody saved darksiders & destroy all humans!

SirNormanislost
SirNormanislost

Woah THQ had the supreme comander IP??? Oh well doesn't matter where that goes the team that made supcom1 amazing are busy working on their kickstarter RTS although tbh I doubt whoever works on this could make a worse game than supcom2....

And summoner!!! I still have my PS2 copy of that game it was a really good game I can't believe all these games THQ had doing nothing for all these years...

shingui5
shingui5

the hell are Nordic Games?

Halloll
Halloll

who bought Volition?

KimCheeWarriorX
KimCheeWarriorX

the fact that nordic games acquired the rights to red faction troubles me about even the remote possibility of a "guerrilla" style sequel.

suplax
suplax

Loved Darksiders franchise... sad to see it ruined.

Nordic Games will bury it once and for all....

Darkhol0w
Darkhol0w

Well, this is a bummer. Although I'm happy that the Darksiders franchise wasn't left away to rot, I still can't believe that the ex Vigil devs turned Crytek usa didn't get it. The next game should be made by the same people that made the previous ones, no matter what haters say. I enjoyed Darksiders 2 no matter what other people say that it's a ripoff of Zelda or whatever.


Time will tell.

Ladiesman17
Ladiesman17

How about Titan Quest IP ?

who's bought it?

=(

Stebsis
Stebsis

Nordic Games've published pretty great games, like Painkiller and Gothic series, and Tales of Unwritten Tales which I really liked. If they get a good developer for Darksiders then I bet they can do something great with it.

DiamondDM13
DiamondDM13

Nordic games got the only interesting game, good for them.

Gamer_4_Fun
Gamer_4_Fun

I don't even know them, so they are just a publisher meaning they can hire a good developer to  make a darksiders game right?

Paul2004
Paul2004

Never heard of them but atleast Darksiders and Supreme Commander (Great strat game) have a future, even if its uncertain how its gonna turn out in new hands. Hopefully they can get some of the original developers onboard for the sequels, they have the potential to remake these games into something great or to destroy em (50/50).

Zeeksie
Zeeksie

Ok, so who the fuck is Nordic Games anyway?

baxwam
baxwam

Wait where did supreme commander went? :( 

SultaN-s
SultaN-s

It's gonna be tough without Joe Mad and the original artists. Open world action RPGs are pretty rare and hard to make. DS3 must be bigger in all aspects since it's the third game in the series. I hope they can pull that off. JUST PLEASE.. PLEASE... PLEASE DON'T THINK ABOUT CO-OP.

macrules_640
macrules_640

Nordic Games... aren't they the guys that made the Gothic series?

Bluemeanie77
Bluemeanie77

well I guess give Nordic Games a chance and just hope they deliver a killer Darksiders 3!!

Gargus
Gargus

If they can re-create the feel and vibe DS2 had but give it an ending actually worth watching Id be happy.

Trail_Mix
Trail_Mix

Nordic? Welp, wave goodbye to any hope you had with these IPs.

ethanm1834
ethanm1834

Never heard of them, but before people hit their panic buttons, this does not mean the property will be lost or even bad. We gamers need to stop being so pessimistic about everything. I'm not telling you to go and preorder day one, just keep an eye on it.

berserker66666
berserker66666

So wait, was it good or bad that Nordic Games bought Darksiders, Red Faction, MX?

OurSin-360
OurSin-360

I thought crytek already had Darksiders?  Should go back with it's creators, smh

PixelAddict
PixelAddict

I am legitimately excited for Red Faction.  Hope they bring it back to the original IP's style and vision.

Perhaps a proper Red Faction III in the style of the original two titles is in order.  Could be great.

tweezzzy
tweezzzy

ITS LIKE FREE AGENCY IN THE OFF SEASON

companies should start trading IPs with each other like sports teams do with their players.

imagine Bioware trading KOTOR + Dragon Age IP rights to Irrational for Bioshock IP rights + a few minor leaguers