Growing publisher THQ Nordic has acquired Warhorse Studios, the developers of one of our favorite games of 2018, Kingdom Come: Deliverance.
“Becoming part of THQ Nordic family is an important milestone for our studio,” says Warhorse CEO Martin Frývalský. “We began as a small start-up with a handful of employees who were enthusiastic enough to join this challenging project. The skills of our team members, trust and support of our main investor and passion of our fans, who supported development of Kingdom Come: Deliverance through a Kickstarter campaign, helped us grow to an international level. We believe that backing by THQ Nordic will give us an extra push in our mission to bring exciting games to our customers and extend the frontiers of the gaming industry.”
Early reports indicate that THQ acquired Warhorse for about $37 million. That deal could prove to be quite the steal for THQ Nordic as Warhorse Studios is still a very young studio who broke into the industry with the release of Kingdom Come. However, Kingdom Come was largely funded by Kickstarter backers while this new deal will likely help the studio secure funding for future projects through a publisher.
While Warhorse hasn’t announced what their next project will be, the ending of Deliverance certainly left plenty of room for more entries in the Kingdom Come series. Until then, they continue to update Deliverance with a series of patches and DLC releases.
As for THQ Nordic, the company continues to add to its portfolio of studios and licenses. Not only did they snatch up Koch media and their associated properties, but they recently grabbed the Carmageddon franchise and the right to publish more Nickelodeon games. On top of that, they previously snagged the rights to most of the available old THQ properties and have essentially resurrected that company after they closed.
We’re eager to see what this partnership results in.
Matthew Byrd is a staff writer for Den of Geek. He spends most of his days trying to pitch deep-dive analytical pieces about Killer Klowns From Outer Space to an increasingly perturbed series of editors. You can read more of his work here or find him on Twitter at @SilverTuna014.