April 23, 2013
Darksiders, Homeworld, and Red Faction Find Homes
I thought it would have been sometime next month before we learned of the fate of the THQ auction, but low and behold we now know where everything is headed. There are three companies that will be taking what is left, here is how it breaks down:
Gearbox Software – Homeworld – $1.35 million
505 Games – $.3 million – Drawn to Life and Drawn to Life: The Next Chapter
Nordic Games – $4.9 million – Darksiders, Red Faction, MX vs. ATV, and other licensed software that includes Destroy All Humans, Supreme Commander, and Summoner.
So there we have it. The sale will be finalized by the end of the next month, and the IP’s purchased will have new homes. Crytek USA was looking to bring the Darksiders franchise home, but it looks like they were out bid. Gearbox snatched up Homeworld after TeamPixel went to Kickstarter to fund a counter bid so that they could acquire the rights. TeamPixel will refund the Kickstarter funds. Nordic Games has published titles such as Alan Wake for the PC, Torchlight (in certain regions), the Gothic series, and the Painkiller series. While I am sad that Crytek USA did not win the bid for the franchise, Nordic Games has already been very adamant about keeping the franchise close to what fans want and expect. This statement was issued by Lars Wingefors, owner and CEO of Nordic Games:
” 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…………..A very important point for us is not to dash into several self-financed multi-million dollar projects right away, but rather to continue our in-depth analysis of all titles and carefully selecting different financing models for developing new instalments of acquired IPs..”
I agree with his statement and to see the love a care for these franchises, instead of making them immediate cash cows. There are already threads on Noric Games’ message boards about what they could do to keep these franchises fresh, but yet keep the great experiences fans want. Nordic Games may be what the industry needs but never saw. The message boards started by Nordic Games asking fans what they wanted can be found here (for Darksiders) and here (for Red Faction).