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.

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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.

Discussion

164 comments
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?

Aladrael
Aladrael

@wrestlingdude Yeah,give these franchises to Crytek so they can turn them into a high budget shit pile which has nothing but polished graphics. No thanks,these franchises deserve some bright ideas and decent scenario writing,which Nordic Games can handle. Check the references of Nordic Games before you hate.

wrestlingdude
wrestlingdude

@DrKill09   It won't be that good.  Nordic games sucks, they are horrible at making games.  Don't keep your hopes up.

CFritzRun
CFritzRun

@Pyrosa Guerilla was so amazingly under appreciated.  Too bad Armageddon wasn't what it was cracked up to be.

strayfies
strayfies

@gbrading By virtue of it being for sale, it seems.  I can't see any particular reason either. 

kabalzer0
kabalzer0

@skayj2 well maybe Nordic Games is already planning to cooperate with crytek on this... Nordic Games is a Publisher and rytek USA is a Developer...

soooooo...... it it totally possible that Crytek USA will develop the game.

Aladrael
Aladrael

@wrestlingdude Do you even have the slightest idea about Nordic Games I wonder. Just because you never heard of them doesnt mean they suck. 

DrKill09
DrKill09

@wrestlingdude  Never heard of them.  What have they made?

EDIT: Oh, Nordic owned Jowood studios.  They bought the rights to 3DO's Jacked (a Road Rash style game), and totally changed everything.  It sucked.

RF is doomed.

radikel
radikel

@pakhair @radikel 

i got that bit. Just wondering what their publishing history is. thts all. I just want them to do good by darksiders 3

EL_Bomberdor
EL_Bomberdor

@blackothh

Are they?... whats coming next from them? a Duke Nukem plop of crap no better tham AC/M no dout.

Yomigaeru
Yomigaeru

@Pyrosa @EL_Bomberdor @DarkSaber2k Spellforce 2 was pretty good. Of the few PC games I actually own, it is among the best, and never gave me any problems (I believe it crashed a single time).

Pyrosa
Pyrosa

@EL_Bomberdor @DarkSaber2k What?!?  Have you guys actually played any of the early "Gothic" or "Spellforce" games?   Gothic 1-3 were hardcore RPGs, and Spellforce is one of the only proper RTS+RPG hybrids ever made.

 Torchlight is the TRUE successor to Diablos 1&2, and the Painkiller games were all solid shooters.

 So although this publisher has pushed plenty of crap, they have a solid track record of handling stellar indie IP.

CFritzRun
CFritzRun

@EL_Bomberdor @blackothh I'm pretty sure Gearbox openly admitted to Duke Nukem being garbage because of its development hell.  They do apparently own the rights though, so from the ground up I think they can build a good Duke.  Aliens, well, there's no excuse for outsourcing the single player.  Shame Gearbox all to hell for that.