Nordic Games has been around for quite a while, and was previously associated with pleasant but rather low-budget games on systems like Wii - long-term Nintendo Life readers will recall multiple We Sing games. Yet when THQ hit hard times Nordic Games was a surprise buyer (along with various other established names that scooped up development studios and game rights), and has since put acquired franchises like Darksiders to work with re-releases and remasters.
Undoubtedly aware of its limited brand clout, it's now been confirmed that the company has been rebranded as THQ Nordic. The publisher and developer is also keen to put its acquired brands to work in future projects, stating in a press release that it has plenty of upcoming releases, most of which will utilise former THQ properties.
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. 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 IP. We cherish them, and align them with the very best development resources to expand upon them with the level of experience that communities and established fan bases expect and deserve. Side note - another upside to this whole rebrand thing is we don't get asked about the Nordic Game parties at Gamescom anymore – it was the other guys who threw them.
With this rebrand we are entering the next phase in our company's evolution.
As of now we have 23 game projects in development, 13 thereof have not yet been publicly announced, but are sure to be in the next months. Needless to say, the majority of these projects are based on former THQ owned IPs and franchises.
It's worth clarifying that Nordic didn't pick up all of THQ's IPs, but those it did secure include the likes of Red Faction and Destroy All Humans.
This is certainly positive for Nintendo gamers, we'd suggest, as THQ Nordic has shown decent support for the platform. After all, it recently confirmed Darksiders: Warmastered Edition for the Wii U, at a time when almost all major publishers have finished working on the home console.
It'll be interesting to see what the company announces in the coming year.