Nordic Games wants to “do right by” the properties it purchased from THQ

Friday, 14th June 2013 16:46 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

Nordic Games has said it’s received the most feedback from the community on franchises Darksiders, MX vs. ATV, Red Faction and Titan Quest since picking up the properties from THQ in April.

Speaking with Joystiq during E3, Nordic’s business and product development man Reinhard Pollice said the company is going to “carefully select which franchises are up for getting a sequel or new installment,” although he himself would like to see a new Deadly Creatures developed.

The firm is a small one though, and in order to develop a third triple-A quality titles in the Darksiders franchise, it would need to bring a publishing partner in to help out financially.

“Darksiders is really big. We know we need a partner for that. An established development team that can pull out such a big action adventure,” he said. “We obviously talked to former team members and, if they are free, we want to somehow involve them.

“If they are allowed to because, you know, some of them found other jobs or are with Crytek now – I would not look for a Darksiders 3 before two years from now.

“I mean, we just got two weeks ago the actual source codes and art assets. Before I went to E3, I was starting and getting to kick off internally what’s there. It will be a process over the next couple of months and then to discuss internally what route we want to go.

“We want to give fans they know from the past and they liked, but bring it somehow to the next level. What you as a player would expect from a sequel. We know we have to move one step ahead.”

Nordic Games spent $4.9 million to acquire THQ’s back catalog in April.



  1. Hirmetrium

    I can see them looking at Darksiders first, since the rest of the titles are quite niche or might have some stiff competition (Supreme Commander vs Planetary Annihilation for example), but I can see them working with GPG to make a new version.

    Red Faction, however, open world destruction? That’s solid gold right there. Give the player as many big toys as possible, cars, buggies, tanks, planes, and as many guns as they can – and have an all out war on mars. It would work.

    #1 2 years ago
  2. Max Payne

    Yea Red Faction is no brainer considering even Guerrilla was open world on current gen.
    But I am also excited about potential Titan Quest 2 :D

    #2 2 years ago
  3. Froseidon

    @1/2 Shame the sequel wasn’t open world, that was a downfall :(

    #3 2 years ago
  4. alecc

    VG24/7 Guys !! you NEED to Sugest then to Go find Partnership With These Game Studios, Plublishers:

    1º PLATINUM GAMES – They Will LOVE work on Darksiders I can Garantee That! (Otherwise, Imagine a Darksiders Game, insane like Bayonetta ? Multiplayer Coop, With All 2 Remaning Horseman ?, or a FULL multiplayer online Smashing, Exploding Action like Anarchy Regins) LOL.
    2º NINJA THEORY – Man These Guys Are Good, and Have a Loot of Experience on Hack ‘n’ Slash Titles, the most recent is the Aweasome Devil May Cry Reboot.
    3º UBSOFT – Yes, I belive That ! (UBI is Realy Serious Working, and can Ressurect ANY franchise)
    4º CAPCOM – They Are Experienced, and NEED a new GOOD Franchise.
    5º Bethesda Softworks – I dont Belive that will works fine, BUT, is an GREAT option :D

    Think About !!

    #4 2 years ago
  5. jedieagle

    oh, god. not platinum. great combat system, but a lousy story, i would prefer ninja theory

    #5 2 years ago
  6. ps3fanboy

    i would like to see a ‘ Deadly Creatures’ game for the ps3 thank you….

    #6 2 years ago
  7. Astral Frost

    This is probably going to go horribly. They’ve locked up some really strong franchises and it’s a real shame. Separating Vigil from Darksiders and Volition from Red Faction already puts those franchises into jeopardy, but Nordic’s track record is mostly bad. They’ve published a few good games, but clearly they would need to somehow sign a serious studio with AA and AAA experience.

    #7 2 years ago
  8. Malfet

    Titan Quest! They totally need to hire Crate for that one :)

    #8 2 years ago
  9. salarta

    I’ve come to learn that a company saying they “want to do right by” a franchise, as much as I wish it were true, tends to actually be the video game industry equivalent of “I’m not sexist, but…”

    If they work with an outside company, they need to avoid working with Capcom, Squeenix (or any of its branches), Ninja Theory, and Konami except for Kojima Productions. Platinum Games would be the best company to work with especially for the gameplay, and if we want to involve story a little more deeply, then Mistwalker or Monolithsoft would be ideal.

    #9 2 years ago

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