THQ Nordic has announced that not only have they acquired another studio, but they’ve got over 80 games in development.
Over the past few years, THQ Nordic has made a name for themselves, more appropriately, they’ve made a name for themselves as a publisher that loves to scoop up other studios. Well, it seems yet another studio has been taken under their ever-expanding wings, and a (not so) surprising number of games have been said to be in development if numbers from their latest financial report are to be believed.
Since the end of March, the publisher has announced that it currently has 80 games in development within their expanding group of developers, 48 of them still being unannounced. It’s a shocking number of titles, only made slightly less shocking when you think about how many developers THQ Nordic has recently obtained, and continues to purchase. Even still, 80 freaking games being developed under one publisher, all at the same time seems insane.
Their latest acquisition is the German studio, Piranha Bytes, along with all of their IPs which include the Risen series, Gothic franchise, and Elex, the last of which supposedly has a sequel in the works. Björn Pankratz of Piranha Bytes said the following regarding the recent acquisition.
“There are situations in life where you think to yourself, ‘This feels right.’ Well, this is exactly one of them. After all, we want to continue to create great, memorable, and impactful games with as much creative freedom as possible, and with THQ Nordic we know we are now part of a family, which support us by all means in our efforts.”
This joins other THQ Nordic acquisitions such as Warhorse Studios, Coffee Stain Studios, and Koch Media.
With all of these studios being brought in to THQ Nordic’s family, rumors regarding older IPs making a reemergence have of course sparked some debate. The purchasing of these developers brings any IPs associated with them into Nordic’s fold, and some have already seen a resurgence, like the Darksiders franchise. So it should come as no surprise when people start wondering if titles and franchises like Red Faction, Kingdoms of Amalur, Timesplitters, Destroy all Humans, Carmageddon, and more will receive remasters or sequels. E3 is right around the corner after all and THQ Nordic has had a very busy year.
During the month of February, THQ Nordic brought in another $225 million from investors to put towards buying more studios. Piranha Bytes consuming a small portion of that hefty sum I’m sure. Granted, THQ needs some wins following their very awkward AMA session that was unknowingly hosted over a site known for promoting racism and child pornography. The whole event went as smoothly as you could imagine and forced Nordic’s PR director to clarify that he was in fact “not into child pornography or a white supremacist.”
That being said, Metro: Exodus performed surprisingly well for THQ Nordic, allowing them to recoup all investments made for the game’s development and marketing already. Unsurprisingly, 4A Games signed a new agreement with THQ Nordic for an “undisclosed AAA project” recently as a result. While no details surrounding this title have been revealed yet, it makes you wonder if we will see something drop in the next few weeks either during, before, or after E3.
One thing is certain, THQ Nordic is riding a big wave currently, and they show no signs of slowing down.