THQ Nordic Has 55 Games In Development; Acquires Goat Simulator And Wreckfest Devs

The Austrian game publisher has a lot of projects in the works.

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Austrian game publisher THQ Nordic is staying busy. The company announced as part of its latest earnings report that it had 55 games in development at the end of last quarter, 35 of which have not yet been announced. That is a lot of games.

In addition to the franchises that it already owned, THQ Nordic has been on a buying spree of late. Just this week, the company announced that it acquired Bugbear Entertainment (Wreckfest, Ridge Racer: Unbounded) and Goat Simulator developer Coffee Stain. In September, THQ Nordic acquired the Alone in the Dark and Act of War franchises from Atari and the Kingdoms of Amalur franchise from the defunct 38 Studios. In August, THQ Nordic bought the TimeSplitters series, further boosting its roster of franchises.

In February this year, THQ Nordic acquired Koch Media, and in doing so took ownership of the Saints Row and Dead Island franchises, among others.

In 2017, Nordic Games announced it was rebranding to THQ Nordic. The company acquired a number of THQ's intellectual properties during the company's bankruptcy auction, including the Darksiders, Red Faction, and MX vs. ATV franchises.

Given THQ Nordic's aggressive acquisition history so far, you might think the company would be slowing down in the future, but that may not be the case. In a statement, THQ Nordic said it "foresees further strategic investments in owned studios and/or publishing deals going forward."

The next major releases from THQ Nordic are Darksiders 3 (November 2018) and Metro Exodus (February 2019).

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I hope destroy all humans is one of those 55 games. Haven't got one of those in over a decade and they were great.

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55? O_o

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Oh man! This looks bad. And so soon after TT's closure.

That is unless it is all a front for laundering money. Then, it would make a lot of sense...


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THQ Nordic, the next THQ. They've learnt nothing.

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@Saladudo: Maybe they learned they couldn't die. : p

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Wow. That sounds like a lot of trash games. They could have used all that money for 2 or 3 projects that could have turned out really great but oh well.

Are those even new games or just more remasters? Since they've already rereleased pretty much every game they own the license for.

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@Atzenkiller: I imagine they're getting all these IPs for a song, so if they can turn just one or two of them into something big (or a bunch of them into something little) they'll probably come out on top.

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They also acquired Nexus: The Jupiter Incident and made a minor patch to make it work better on current widescreen monitors.

Here's hoping they've got something cooking for Nexus :)

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@mauren: Sorry to hear that you didn't go through with the suicide instead of becoming a spammer. But there's still hope.

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55 new thq nordic games coming to a bargain bin near you!!

Despite the cynicism I’ll probably end up buying half of them.

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I can't think of one THQ game that was good. they're synonymous with LJN imo. And at least LJN had those fun SNES WWF games

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@obnice: The Saints Row games were great. Darksiders was really good too. The first couple Destroy All Humans! games were pretty fun too.

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@obnice: Relic made some good stuff, dude. Red Faction certainly had its day. Darksiders was dope. I was never a huge fan of Saints Row, but that series did alright.

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Wtf is a "The lobby" video doing in this article? Stop with the motherflipping videos in every god damn article. Also, stop the auto play.

Hoping for a new Kingdoms of Amalur.

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I think they should stop. Stretching themselves too wide can backfire, especially for such a young company

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@sakaixx: The guy who owns it is a billionaire who loves video games.

They will be fine. They are sticking with only AA games and development. So they are making money off of each project they do or remaster they make or port. Red faction "remarstered" was one of them.

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@129260: well even a billionair knows when to back off. Oh well lets just see where this will go, cant wait for it

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Barighm I didn't think Nordic had this much cash to throw around. But whatever. This tells me these guys really care about resurrecting some defunct franchises that deserve another chance. It's probably mostly remasters and mobile crap, but still...I'm looking forward to seeing what they can do.

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@Barighm: Or more AA low budget games like Kingdom Come Deliverance was low budget published by them and was a success.

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@gamingdevil800: Huh. Someone actually used the "A's" designation correctly. You don't see that very often these days.