In what some would say is surprising not so surprising move, Nordic Games has rebranded itself to THQ Nordic. After THQ went bankrupt in 2013, their assets were auctioned off, where Nordic Games walked away with franchises like Darksiders and Red Faction. In a press release, Nordic says that the THQ brands shape their business in a “meaningful way,” and THQ Nordic “represents a core approach of doing much more than “owning” a highly competitive portfolio of IPs.”
Before the acquisition of many THQ IPs, Nordic Games wasn’t well-known in the industry. Since then, they have continued to acquire more IPs, like Jagged Alliance, and progress the brands further, while developing some IPs of their own. They have some big games coming out this year and next in Battle Chasers: Nightwar and ELEX.
Also included in the press release is that THQ Nordic is currently working on 23 different projects, 13 of which have yet to be announced. The press release also notes that majority of those 13 unannounced projects come from THQ IPs, meaning they could from the likes of Darksiders, Red Faction, Destroy All Humans!, and more.
I am not too overly surprised to see the name change, as THQ as a publisher was pretty well-known and has some beloved franchises attached to the name. The name recognition Nordic lacked before will be lessened some as some gamers will know the THQ name.
The most exciting news, though, is the 13 announced games. There are plenty of franchises Nordic is now the owner of that have not received any love for a long time, including of course the THQ IPs they know. You can take a good look here on their Wikipedia page for a full list to see what you’d want them to make a sequel for, or to try to guess.
What do you think of the name change? A good move or a bad one? What franchise do you want to see have a new game? Share your thoughts in the comments below!