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Nordic Games to publish under THQ name

Firm acquires bankrupt company's trademark

Nordic Games plans to begin publishing games under the THQ name after securing the rights to the defunct publisher's trademark.

The publisher purchased the rights to several THQ series as part of the latter's bankruptcy proceedings, including Darksiders and MX vs. ATV. Nordic Games general manager Klemens Kruezer told Polygon that the deal for THQ's name was made separately.


"We have seen an uplift in the name of Nordic Games, and what we have also done is we have made a second deal with THQ where we bought the THQ trademark," Kruezer said.

Industry figures and gamers alike were surprised when Nordic acquired several of THQ's properties, as it does not have much name recognition on its own, Kruezer admitted.

"The challenging fact is nobody has ever heard about Nordic Games before [the THQ auction]," he said. "There were so many articles with the headlines 'Who the fuck is Nordic Games?' We said, okay they were right."

Nordic Games is a much smaller operation than THQ was before it closed its doors. All the same, it hopes to make good on fan expectations for all Darksiders and the rest of its franchises, but the team will "need some more patience from the fans, because we want to be able to do it right."

The publisher acknowledged that it has spoken with former Vigil developers about creating Darksiders 3. Former creative director and comic book artist Joe Madureira has said Nordic "seems very committed to continuing the series".