Following several months of financial trouble, publisher THQ had to finally close down shop in 2013 after declaring bankruptcy. The resulting legal proceedings forced the company to liquidate its intellectual properties. At the time, Austria-based publisher Nordic Games stepped in to acquire the rights to some of those assets such as Red Faction, Supreme Commander, and Darksiders.
Since then, Nordic Games has been working out a plan to make use of those properties. That plan kicks into action today as Nordic Games is rebranding itself as THQ Nordic.
“Whilst we take great pride in our Swedish roots and accomplished a great deal under the Nordic Games masthead, we decided it was time to incorporate the THQ name,” reads a press release. “Those key brands will continue to shape our business in a meaningful way going forward, and THQ Nordic represents a core approach of doing much more than ‘owning’ a highly competitive portfolio of IPs.”
The press release also mentioned that the newly formed THQ Nordic is currently working on 23 game projects, 13 of which are yet to be publicly announced. These mysterious titles are going to see the light of day in the coming months. The company added that a majority of these projects are based on former THQ-owned IPs and franchises.
That’s something to be excited for. Firstly, the rebranding announcement comes just before Gamescom 2016. Hence, it’s likely that THQ Nordic is going to take advantage of that stage and reveal some of the games to get fans excited.
Secondly, the confirmation on projects based on former THQ-owned properties signals hope for the Darksiders franchise. The unfortunate closure of the publisher left fans wanting a third and fourth installment in the series. Each game has players fill the shoes of one of the Horsemen of the Apocalypse. So far we’ve followed War and Death. It’s about damn time that we get to hear about Darksiders III.
Both Darksiders and Darksiders II have received remastered versions. There’s nothing more for the studio to do with the franchise except create a new game.