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THQ Nordic acquires Gothic and Risen developer Piranha Bytes

THQ Nordic has purchased another studio: Gothic and Risen-developer Piranha Bytes.

THQ Nordic announced alongside its latest financial report it has purchased Piranha Bytes, the studio responsible for the Gothic, Risen, and ELEX franchises.

The company had a longstanding relationship with the studio as publisher, and according to the announcement, estimated royalty payments to Piranha for upcoming titles equals the purchase price. A figure was not disclosed.

This acquisition includes the development studio and all IP rights. All 31 employees at Essen-based studio will remain with the company.

The studio will remain an independent game development studio under the newly formed entity Piranha Bytes GmbH and maintain "full creative freedom."

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