Nordic Games picks up Darksiders, Red Faction IPs

505 Games wins bid for Drawn to Life franchise

Nordic Games has acquired the rights to the Darksiders and Red Faction franchises as a result of the final THQ IP auctions.


The Karlstad, Sweden-based company picked up Darksiders, Red Faction and MX vs. ATV for $4.9 million. The deal also includes the franchises Supreme Commander, Frontlines, Stuntman, Juiced, Full Spectrum Warrior, Destroy All Humans "and more".

Lars Wingefors, owner and CEO of Nordic Games Group AB, said, "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."

He went on, "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."

While THQ sold most of its big IPs and studios in January, multiple properties remained on the table, Darksiders among them.

Nordic Games and THQ expect the US Bankruptcy Court to hear the motion for the sale on May 13, 2013 and to finalise the purchase transactions thereafter.

It has also been confirmed that 505 Games has snagged the rights to the Drawn to Life franchise.

As reported earlier, Gearbox Software has picked up the rights to the Homeworld series.

The last of defunct publisher THQ's remaining game properties were auctioned off last week, with bids expected to bring in $6 million to $7 million.