When THQ went under in 2013, one of the first orders of business was to sell off everything the company owned that wasn’t nailed down. Naturally, the most prized items in the great THQ auction were the numerous IPs the former developer still retained the rights to. While a few different companies stepped in to nab former THQ properties, the biggest buyer was certainly Nordic Games who you might know from their distribution of titles like Ori and The Blind Forest and Painkiller: Hell and Damnation.
In fact, Nordic Games acquired so many former THQ properties that they’ve decided to simply bring back the THQ name as well.
Nordic Games revealed today that they are rebranding their company as THQ Nordic. According to a statement released by THQ Nordic, this decision was made as part of an effort to reaffirm the former Nordic Games’ commitment to reviving classic THQ properties.
“THQ Nordic represents a core approach of doing much more than ‘owning’ a highly competitive portfolio of IP,” says THQ Nordic in a recent press release. “We cherish them, and align them with the very best development resources to expand upon them with the level of experience that communities and established fan bases expect and deserve.”
So what IPs do THQ Nordic own? Well, the company acquired 13 major THQ properties in 2013 that include such major names as Darksiders, Red Faction, Destroy All Humans!, and Full Spectrum Warrior. While the only former THQ property that we know is in development at the moment is a re-release of the original Darksiders that is set to debut on October 25th, the company did note in their statement about the rebranding that they have 23 games currently in development and most of these titles are based on former THQ properties. Interestingly, 13 of these projects have apparently not been revealed previously.
THQ Nordic have previously stated that they are also interested in making a new Darksiders game, but there’s been no confirmation as of yet if that is one of their in-progress projects at this time.