Fri, Aug 23, 2013 | 18:37 BST
Nordic Games still figuring out plans for Darksiders, Red Faction, and other THQ assets
It’s been four months since Nordic Games forked out $4.9 million for a handful of ex-THQ properties. The Austrian-based company is still working to complete the transaction, and this means it might be a fair while before we see new instalments in any of the acquired series’.
“It takes longer than expected getting everything together because THQ, there are not a lot of people there,” Reinhard Pollice, the man in charge of business and product development at Nordic, said to Joystiq. “There are just like five people and they’re mostly financial and administration guys. So the stuff that we need is really hard to get. I’ve been visiting them a lot of times, trying to make sure we get everything that we actually want, or that we should get.”
Pollice said that he is a fan of the franchises his company now owns, but he feels that THQ squandered a lot of its talent, particularly with the Red Faction franchise. That IP is now a lower priority than Darksiders, MX vs. ATV, and Titan Quest, which Pollice ranks in that order. Still, there is good news for Red Faction fans: Nordic is apparently in talks with former Volition members and is still actively considering what to do with the franchise. Let’s just hope it doesn’t become a MOBA.
As for Darksiders, it’s likely still a few years away. Pollice said that Nordic has been in discussions with members of the original Vigil Games Team. The problem is that many of the key figures from Darksiders development are now at Crytek US.
Meanwhile, Pollice has told Polygon that the public may see something else announced from its THQ library this sometime this year.
“I think we’ll see, or I hope we’ll see, one announcement in 2013 already,” he said.