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.

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"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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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

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Trash publisher gets the best series, great.

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Homeworld!!! The best space game ever <3

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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.

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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'.

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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.


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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.

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

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Another Red Faction would be awesome

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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...

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

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

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

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Nordic Games is a hell of a name

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

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

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

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"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.

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

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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.

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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.

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

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

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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.

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Gearbox with Homeworld?!?!?!

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thank god somebody saved darksiders & destroy all humans!

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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...

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the hell are Nordic Games?

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@shingui5 they are Not developers they will relase game just

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@shingui5 this may help:

http://www.polygon.com/2013/4/22/4254224/nordic-games-thq-purchase

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@shingui5

I only know that they ported Alan Wake games to PC.

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who bought Volition?

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@Halloll Deep Silver

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

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

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

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@suplax Why do you think that? They haven't published anything really abysmal yet, sure there've been not so good games but mostly pretty good IMO

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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.

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How about Titan Quest IP ?

who's bought it?

=(

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@Ladiesman17 Nordic, they bought a bunch of games as a lot, Red Faction, Darksiders and Titan Quest were included on that lot.

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@Ladiesman17 I wondered this myself. I happened to love those games and it would be a shame to see that ip die.

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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.

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@stebsis painkiller!!! Thank you I knew I'd played a Nordic studios game just couldn't think of one that was actually a pretty decent game

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@Stebsis It's good that you're staying optimistic. At least some of us have to be optimistic about this.

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

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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?

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should have been Platinum Games

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@hippiesanta NO

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@TheFinalEvil @hippiesanta Why not Platinum Games? That's like a 100 % chance of the Darksiders franschize improving.

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@TheFinalEvil @hippiesanta couldnt agree more

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