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Nordic Games Acquire Darksiders, Red Faction and MX Vs. ATV Rights
Darksiders, Red Faction and MX vs. ATV were some of the latest assets to be acquired by Nordic Games. These come in the light of the THQ bankruptcy auction, with the second auction only just ending recently. It was quite surprising when Darksiders wasn’t snapped up straight away, and it’s about time that the adrenaline-fueled series found a new home.
Today, Nordic Games, the publisher of Painkiller: Hell & Damnation, announced their $4.9million deal to pick up some of the remaining franchises in the second round of auctions. They managed to pick up most of the assets in the auction, including Stuntman, Juiced, and Destroy All Humans. Lars Wingefors, CEO of Nordic Games, released the following statement about the purchase:
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. A very important point for us is not to dash into several self-financed multi-million 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.
Fans will be pleased to know that the Darksiders franchise, whose future was in question previously, will be continued. While Nordic Games were the only company who made an offer anywhere near the internal reserve price THQ asked for, they plan to continue the sequel. They even promise to maintain the high values set by the previous 2 games. In the Nordic Gamers forums there are already threads asking what fans want from the next installment. Reinhard Pollice, Production and Business Development Manager at Nordic, said:
The tale of the Four Horsemen has not been told to an end. So far we only know the story of War and Death but what about the other two? How will it go on?
What did you enjoy most about Darksiders and Darksiders II? What did you absolutely dislike? What kind of Darksiders game do you wish should be created next?
Please let us know!
He then continued with:
Naturally, we don’t have any sure plans for the future of the series as we don’t even have a development team.
So for now we will be analyzing the situation and try to figure out whats the best option.
One thing is sure: The tale of the four horsemen is not over!
Have a look at the complete list of assets Nordic Games managed to get their hands on in the second set of auctions:
Lot 1 – Owned Software
- Red Faction, Red Faction Armageddon, Red Faction 2, Red Faction: Guerrilla
Lot 3 – Owned Software
- MX Alive, MX vs ATV Untamed, MX Superfly featuring Ricky Carmichael, MX vs. ATV Alive Tournament, MX Unleashed, MX vs. ATV Unleashed, MX vs ATV Reflex, MX vs. ATV: On The Edge
Lot 4 – Owned Software
- Darksiders, Darksiders 2
Lot 5 – Owned Software
- All Star Cheer Squad, Elements of Destruction, All Star Cheer Squad 2, Fantastic Pets, All Star Karate, Frontlines: Fuel of War, Baja: Edge of Control, Full Spectrum Warrior 1, Battle of the Bands, Full Spectrum Warrior 2: Ten Hammers, Beat City, Juiced, Big Beach Sports, Juiced 2: Hot Import Nights, Big Beach Sports 2, Lock’s Quest: Construction Combat, Big Family Games, Neighborhood Games, Crawler, Pax Imperia, de Blob, Stuntman: Ignition, de Blob 2, Summoner, Deadly Creatures, Summoner 2, Deep Six, Terranium, Destroy All Humans!, The Outfit, Destroy All Humans! 2, Titan Quest, Destroy All Humans! Big Willy Unleashed, Titan Quest: Immortal Throne, Destroy All Humans! Path of the Furon, uDraw, Dood’s Big Adventure, World of Zoo
Lot 6 – Licensed Software (buyer to pay any cure costs)
- Costume Quest, Scripps Spelling Bee (Scripps), Daniel X (SueJack), Sherlock Holmes and the Mystery of Osborne House, Deepak Chopra’s Leela (Curious Holdings), Stacking, Fancy Nancy: Tea Party Time! (Harper Collins), Supreme Commander, Jeopardy, Supreme Commander Forged Alliance, Jeopardy 2, The Biggest Loser, Journey to the Center of the Earth, Truth or Lies, Let’s Ride Best of Breed, Vampire Legends: Power of Three (dtp), Marvel Super Hero Squad: Comic Combat, Wheel of Fortune, Marvel Super Hero Squad: The Infinity Gauntlet, Wheel of Fortune 2, Marvel Super Hero Squad: The Infinity Gauntlet 2, World of Zoo, Nancy Drew: The Hidden Staircase, Worms 2, Nexuiz, Worms Battle Islands, Paws & Claws Marine Rescue, Worms Open Warfare, Paws & Claws Pampered Pets Resort 3D, Worms: A Space Oddity, PurrPals 2, Worms: Open Warfare 2 (Team 17), Rio, You Don’t Know Jack (Jellyvision), Rocket Riot, Screwjumper (Frozen Codebase)
Alongside Nordic’s acquisition of Darksiders, 505 Games grabbed the rights to Drawn to Life and Drawn to Life: The Next Chapter for $300K, and Gearbox now have the Homeworld franchise for $1.35 million.
This could be a great thing for some of the franchises, especially with Nordic Games promising that the story of the horsemen isn’t over yet.