Though we reported last month that Crytek had plans to pick up the Darksiders IP after THQ announced it would be selling off all of its assets, it looks like Nordic Games has made the winning bid. With the $4.9million check comes many other IPs, such as Red Faction, Supreme Commander, and Titan Quest.
“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 Games CEO Lars Wingefors. “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 (sic) of acquired IPs.”
This is what I hope for when old IPs get sold to new publishers. A commitment to working with the original creative team that made that property successful in the first place has the potential to bring fans the content they expect. Of course, being open to picking the right studio for the job, as Nordic seems willing to do, can also lead to a new, fresh take on an established franchise that might be the shot in the arm it needs to be financially feasible again.
It’s also commendable that Nordic isn’t looking to make a quick turn over on their capital investment by rushing out some product. The year leading up to a new console generation is probably one of the most critical times for any industry player. Making the wrong move at the wrong time could be costly. It’s an exciting time to be covering this stuff, for sure.