Nordic Games still figuring out plans for Darksiders, Red Faction, and other THQ assets

Friday, 23rd August 2013 08:25 GMT By Dave Owen

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.

Thanks, SplatteredHouse



  1. Obernox

    Guerrilla 2 :D

    #1 1 year ago
  2. melonbuster1

    I love darksiders..

    #2 1 year ago
  3. Hirmetrium

    I can see this being a big pain for them – they have to collect the source code and assets from a pile of ashes and hope to get it all together.

    They should be getting the money from sales of DS2, right?

    #3 1 year ago
  4. Rikki

    I just hope they make the new Darksiders more like 1 than 2. Darksiders 2 was BORING as hell! While Darksiders 1 is one of my favorite games of this generation…

    #4 1 year ago
  5. Gheritt White

    @!1: AGREED! I would *love* to play RF: Guerrilla 2 :)

    #5 1 year ago
  6. Vapsyvox

    @3: THQ comitted suicide with terrible decisions.

    #6 1 year ago
  7. MidlifeAxe

    @8 Game piracy is industry wide. It’s not unique to one company.

    #7 1 year ago
  8. KTF26

    PC pirates!!!
    all publishers suffers from the piracy not only THQ
    why you think there is publishers still support PC while they suffer from PC pirates?
    didn’t you hear something about console jailbreak?

    #8 1 year ago
  9. Vapsyvox

    @11: Without the PCs to develop console games on, the console market will stagnate and die a quick death.

    #9 1 year ago
  10. KTF26

    kill PC and everything will be fine!!!
    are you mad?
    how will they make games if there is no PCs?

    #10 1 year ago
  11. KTF26

    the pirates also will find a way to pirate the console
    even with smartphone or the console it self
    they need a computer (not PC)

    #11 1 year ago
  12. KTF26

    kill PCs, smartphones, smart TVs, and every computer in the world except consoles.
    Console Fanboy Lv. infinity

    #12 1 year ago
  13. Neroist

    @17 You do realize that buying used games on consoles hit pubs much much HARDER than PC piracy right?

    And when THQ was making it’s last stand and call for help, they reached out what community? That’s right, to the PC community with humble Bundle and Steam to save them .

    As the console community just bought used games on old IPs and don’t usually “donate” to failing publishers. While PC users buy old IP’s new not used.

    #13 1 year ago
  14. Neroist

    @17 Oh yeah renting games from Gamefly, Redbox, libraries, Blockbuster, etc… is the same as piracy except you pay the “pirates” to to play the game instead of sharing the game.

    #14 1 year ago

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