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Nordic Games Purchases the Darksiders, Red Faction, MX Franchises and More in THQ Auction (Update 2: “The Tale of the Four Horsemen is Not Over”)

April 22, 2013 Written by Jason Dunning

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Update 2: Over on their forums, Nordic Games has started threads asking for your ideas on where you want all their newly acquired to go. In doing this, Reinhard Pollice, Production and Business Development Manager at Nordic Games, revealed that they aren’t done with Darksiders:

The tale of the four horsemen has not been told to an end. So far we only know the story of War and Death but what about the other two? How will it go on?

What did you enjoy most about Darksiders and Darksiders II? What did you absolutely dislike? What kind of Darksiders game do you wish should be created next?

Please let us know!

He then continued with:

Naturally we dont have any sure plans for the future of the series as we dont even have a development team.
So for now we will be analysing the situation and try to figure out whats the best option.

One thing is sure: The tale of the four horsemen is not over!

Update: Lars Wingefors, CEO of Nordic Games, issued a statement about the purchase:

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.

It looks like Crytek was unlucky in their pursuit of the Darksiders IP as Joystiq is reporting that Nordic Games has purchased the franchise during the latest THQ auction. With a winning bid of $4.9 million, Nordic Games also acquired the rights to Red Faction and MX, as well as the Other Owned Software and Other Licensed Software lots.

I know that some of you are probably wondering who Nordic Games is, and while not exactly a household name, they do have certain games coming out in 2013 like Painkiller: Hell and Damnation and ArcaniA: The Complete Tale.

To see exactly what Nordic Games got for their $4.9 million, check out each lot below:

Lot 1 – Owned Software

  • Red Faction
  • Red Faction Armageddon
  • Red Faction 2
  • Red Faction: Guerrilla

Lot 3 – Owned Software

  • MX Alive
  • MX vs ATV Untamed
  • MX Superfly featuring Ricky Carmichael
  • MX vs. ATV Alive Tournament
  • MX Unleashed
  • MX vs. ATV Unleashed
  • MX vs ATV Reflex
  • MX vs. ATV: On The Edge

Lot 4 – Owned Software

  • Darksiders
  • Darksiders 2

Lot 5 – Owned Software

  • All Star Cheer Squad
  • Elements of Destruction
  • All Star Cheer Squad 2
  • Fantastic Pets
  • All Star Karate
  • Frontlines: Fuel of War
  • Baja: Edge of Control
  • Full Spectrum Warrior 1
  • Battle of the Bands
  • Full Spectrum Warrior 2: Ten Hammers
  • Beat City
  • Juiced
  • Big Beach Sports
  • Juiced 2: Hot Import Nights
  • Big Beach Sports 2
  • Lock’s Quest: Construction Combat
  • Big Family Games
  • Neighborhood Games
  • Crawler
  • Pax Imperia
  • de Blob
  • Stuntman: Ignition
  • de Blob 2
  • Summoner
  • Deadly Creatures
  • Summoner 2
  • Deep Six
  • Terranium
  • Destroy All Humans!
  • The Outfit
  • Destroy All Humans! 2
  • Titan Quest
  • Destroy All Humans! Big Willy Unleashed
  • Titan Quest: Immortal Throne
  • Destroy All Humans! Path of the Furon
  • uDraw
  • Dood’s Big Adventure
  • World of Zoo

Lot 6 – Licensed Software (buyer to pay any cure costs)

  • Costume Quest
  • Scripps Spelling Bee (Scripps)
  • Daniel X (SueJack)
  • Sherlock Holmes and the Mystery of Osborne House
  • Deepak Chopra’s Leela (Curious Holdings)
  • Stacking
  • Fancy Nancy: Tea Party Time! (Harper Collins)
  • Supreme Commander
  • Jeopardy
  • Supreme Commander Forged Alliance
  • Jeopardy 2
  • The Biggest Loser
  • Journey to the Center of the Earth
  • Truth or Lies
  • Let’s Ride Best of Breed
  • Vampire Legends: Power of Three (dtp)
  • Marvel Super Hero Squad: Comic Combat
  • Wheel of Fortune
  • Marvel Super Hero Squad: The Infinity Gauntlet
  • Wheel of Fortune 2
  • Marvel Super Hero Squad: The Infinity Gauntlet 2
  • World of Zoo
  • Nancy Drew: The Hidden Staircase
  • Worms 2
  • Nexuiz
  • Worms Battle Islands
  • Paws & Claws Marine Rescue
  • Worms Open Warfare
  • Paws & Claws Pampered Pets Resort 3D
  • Worms: A Space Oddity
  • PurrPals 2
  • Worms: Open Warfare 2 (Team 17)
  • Rio
  • You Don’t Know Jack (Jellyvision)
  • Rocket Riot
  • Screwjumper (Frozen Codebase)

Besides Nordic Games, there were also two more winning bidders during this auction, with Gearbox spending $1.35 million on the Homeworld IP and 505 Games receiving the Drawn to Life IP (which they pulled from Lot 5) for $300,000.

If there’s any more news to come out regarding the sale of these IP’s, we’ll be sure to let you know.

What do you think of the results of this auction? Let us know in the comments below.