It looks like THQ is making a bit of a return. Nordic Games, who previously bought the THQ trademark, announced that the company is rebranding itself under the new name of THQ Nordic. The rebranding is part of Nordic Games’ plan to be a multi-platform, multi-genre global player in the industry.
In 2013, Nordic Games acquired many of THQ’s remaining assets, including Darksiders. The company was originally founded in 2008. Here’s an official statement on the news from the official press release:
One could say the most defining moment for our company happened in 2013, grabbing headlines like; “Who the F*** is Nordic Games?”, “Darksiders Gets Bought By…Nordic Games?”, and “Nordic Games explains who the f they are, plans for THQ assets”. Funny enough, back then, this was so true. Until that point, we had been a low profile publisher uttering expletives of our own along the way, and all of a sudden we found ourselves in the international gaming media spotlight. We knew then, with great certainty, that we’d just made the best deal in our company´s history.
Nordic currently holds two development studios, with one in Phoenix, Arizona and the other in Munich, Germany, with a team of 84 team members. The company hopes to enter its next phase in evolution now. Per the press release, THQ Nordic now holds 23 game projects in development, with 13 not having yet been announced. The new game projects are set to be revealed in the coming months. Many of these are said to be based on former THQ owned IPs and franchises.
Hopefully, this news means a new Darksiders sequel could happen. THQ Nordic founder Lars Wingefors also added on the new company logo design: “As for the new logo design, we literally stumbled across it when browsing some art files, after we bought the THQ trademark and figured: why not? We hope the reception from our partners is less ambivalent but we’re OK either way. We invite you to our Gamescom booth to play our games and see the logo in large-scale format.”
THQ Nordic will also have a presence at this year’s Gamescom. Arizona.
— THQ Nordic (@THQNordic) August 12, 2016