Newspaper article The Tuscaloosa News

GAME BYTES: What's Next for THQ Franchises?

Newspaper article The Tuscaloosa News

GAME BYTES: What's Next for THQ Franchises?

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This week, the saga of developer THQ finally came to a close, as what assets that remained unsold were, in fact, sold. That being said, we still don't know what will become of franchises like "Red Faction," "Darksiders" and "Homeworld." We just know who will be able to do something with them if they so choose.

The big buyer of the week is fringe publisher Nordic Games, owner of such titles as "Painkiller," "SpellForce" and "Gothic." They picked up "Darksiders," "Red Faction" and a bunch of other stuff. Meanwhile, the developers of those franchises found homes at other studios, with "Red Faction" creator Volition now with Deep Silver and most of the folks from "Darksiders" developer Vigil having moved on to form the Crytek USA studio. Crytek had declared its intent to try to purchase the "Darksiders" rights, but that didn't work out, apparently.

"First and foremost, we are very happy about this deal which also turns over a new leaf for the entire Nordic Games Group. In the long term, we either want to cooperate with the original creators or best possible developers in order to work on sequels or additional content for these titles" said Nordic CEO Lars Wingefors in a statement. "A very important point for us is not to dash into several self-financed multimillion dollar projects right away, but rather to continue our in-depth analysis of all titles and carefully selecting different financing models for developing new installments of acquired IPs."

This could mean good things for "Darksiders" fans. Crytek is not, after all, a games publisher -- its popular "Crysis" franchise is put out by EA. It's not hard to imagine Crytek striking a deal with Nordic if the Vigil leftovers really do care that much about the franchise and aren't already bogged down in a new project.

"Red Faction" is another matter. Its creator, Volition, still exists and is owned now by Deep Silver, which actually is a publisher. It seems unlikely that it would be able to reach some sort of deal with Nordic for a new game, but you never know, I guess. …

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