THQ Nordic has announced on November 17th that they have purchased Experiment 101, the developers behind the upcoming action RPG game Biomutant.
Experiment 101 is a new developer based in Sweden. They are headed by Stefan Ljungqvist, who formally worked on games like Just Cause 2, Mad Max, and Deadbreed. Biomutant is their first game and is an open-world action RPG set in a post-apocalyptic world. The game was originally leaked on August 19th after German magazine GamesMarkt accidentally ran an ad for it. It was later officially shown off at Gamescom 2017 to much positive buzz, and then later at PAX West 2017 where we included it among the best games shown there.
In addition to purchasing Experiment 101 as a whole, THQ Nordic has also purchased the rights to the IP, allowing them to hand it off to other developers as wanted, potentially for future sequels or spinoffs. In a press release the CEO of THQ Nordic, Lars Wingefors, said the following:
"We saw significant potential in Experiment 101 and Biomutant, under Stefan Ljungqvist’s leadership, early in the development 2016. After the strong reception Biomutant received at its announcement at Gamescom 2017, we are excited to have been able to acquire Experiment 101 and Biomutant. Our aim is to build Biomutant into one of our major franchises. The recruitment of Stefan Ljungqvist and his talented team brings important new power to THQ Nordic. In addition, to continue leading the Biomutant franchise, Stefan will advise on our strategy, future acquisitions and further game development projects."THQ Nordic has recently been publishing remasters, with Sphinx and the Cursed Mummy recently getting re-released on Steam, while De Blob has just made its way to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Next week they will also be releasing a reboot of 2003 horror adventure game The Black Mirror. They also acquired developer Black Forest Games back in August of this year.
Biomutant is set to release some time in 2018 on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.
How do you feel about this acquisition? Excited to see Biomutant possibly becoming a franchise? Think THQ Nordic is making the right decision? Let us know in the comments!