Darksiders 2
Nordic Games Wins THQ Auction for Darksiders, Red Faction and More, Gearbox Gets Homeworld
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A second THQ auction has led to a number of familiar series finding new homes, including Darksiders, Red Faction and Homeworld.

Many of THQ’s assets were sold off during an auction following THQ’s collapse earlier this year. This second auction represented another bite of the cherry for interested developers and publishers.

Nordic Games picked up Darksiders and Red Faction, as well as a bunch of other ex-THQ titles, for a $4.9 million. Nordic is known as the publisher of Alan Wake on PC, as well as the more recent Painkiller titles

The full list of franchises snapped up by the Swedish publisher also includes, MX vs ATV, Destroy all Humans!, Summoner, Marvel Super Hero Squad, Supreme Commander. There’s more too, apparently, though details are yet to be revealed.

"As we still have some open points with regards to a couple of titles we will not publish a comprehensive list at this stage,” said Nordic's PR & marketing boss Philipp Brock. “However, once everything is fixed and the ink is dry (around mid-May) we will go out with a comprehensive list of titles which we have acquired in the process then."

Meanwhile, Gearbox has snapped up the rights to Relic's space RTS series, Homeworld.

It’s an odd move for a studio best known for creating shooters, but Gearbox’s Chief Creative Officer Brian Martel personally spearheaded the move for Relic’s “brilliant, fun and innovative game.”


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Comment #1 by Zombies
Tuesday, April 23, 2013 @ 04:06:32 AM
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What happened to Crytek USA (most ex-Vigil Games developers) picking up the darksiders IP?

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Comment #2 by Zombies
Tuesday, April 23, 2013 @ 04:10:24 AM
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Searched around the web, found this quote, at the very minimum, sounds promising.

“…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” comments Lars Wingefors, owner and CEO of Nordic Games Group AB.

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Comment #3 by pablodrugsmule
Tuesday, April 23, 2013 @ 04:14:40 AM
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loved red faction thought it was said there wouldnt ever be another but maybe theres hope yet. Glad about darksiders obviously too as im sure are quite a few others.

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Comment #4 by thenewpeter
Tuesday, April 23, 2013 @ 04:16:31 AM
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@1, I don't know, but I'm so glad they don't have the rights, Crytek wouldn't know how to develop a good game to please fans if a manual slapped them in the face. ^-^
It's made my day that Crytek aren't getting their grubby finger over darksiders, I'm not a massive fan of the series, but I do enjoy the games some and know they they are good games in their own right.

I was surprised to see summoner there, could be seeing a re-emergance of that series sometime in the future then.

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Comment #5 by MadAdam81
Tuesday, April 23, 2013 @ 04:17:16 AM
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Red Faction is my favourite series of shooters, hope it keeps going strong.
The innovative Wii U would be a good match as well for the most innovative modern shooter.

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Comment #6 by ActionAbe
Tuesday, April 23, 2013 @ 04:18:27 AM
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Makes me happy to see darksiders finaly find a new home.
And destroy all humans hope thay make a better game the last two are... not good.

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Comment #7 by Smash41
Tuesday, April 23, 2013 @ 04:27:37 AM
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Wonder if Gearbox plan to make the Homeworld game themselves or farm it out to someone else :-)

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Comment #8 by Peter File
Tuesday, April 23, 2013 @ 04:33:10 AM
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Nah theyll probably turn it in to a mindless shooter! Lol
It would be good to have another game like that, used to play it years ago, not enough RTS out there at the moment.

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Comment #9 by Sabrelord
Tuesday, April 23, 2013 @ 04:36:23 AM
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Nordic Games? Didn't know them untill now, hopefully they can make something out of the licenses.

I loved Darksiders and Summoner:A Goddes Reborn, RedFaction and Destroy all Humans was fun,i can imagine the last one as a cool XBLA game.

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Comment #10 by DecadentBeaver
Tuesday, April 23, 2013 @ 04:46:17 AM
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Good to see that these games have been picked up. Loved Red Faction Armageddon, and even Destroy All Humans was ok at best, could have been so much better.

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Comment #11 by Dark Seraphim77
Tuesday, April 23, 2013 @ 04:56:16 AM
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I saw Summoner on that list, oh god please!!

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Comment #12 by the action frampton
Tuesday, April 23, 2013 @ 07:28:06 AM
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@11 exactly what I was thinking! And Hopfully a return for Red Faction.

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Comment #13 by SolarFury
Tuesday, April 23, 2013 @ 08:11:07 AM
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Having worked on The Witcher 2, and saying your next project is influenced by Dark Souls and Borderlands equals an automatic attention grab.

My eyes are firmly set. See you next gen Lords of the Fallen!

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Comment #14 by SolarFury
Tuesday, April 23, 2013 @ 08:14:38 AM
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Sorry, double post. Completely wrong article. XD

But on topic, I'm a little sad the old team from Vigil won't have their hands on Darksiders, despite the influence Crytek may or may not have on them (I know nothing of Crytek BTW). Hmmm.

Though iffy, it is also an interesting idea, when thinking what someone else could do with the Darksiders franchise, if they choose to do anything.

We'll see.

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Comment #15 by ModernViking
Tuesday, April 23, 2013 @ 08:45:18 AM
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Bring back Red Faction Nordic!!

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Comment #16 by Jack Frost
Tuesday, April 23, 2013 @ 10:24:03 AM
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Gearbox picked up Homeworld?

Looks like TimeGate's gonna have some more work coming their way.

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Comment #17 by RedDragon4275
Tuesday, April 23, 2013 @ 11:25:16 AM
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@4 The Team that would be working on Darksiders from Crytek would have been the original Darksiders team. Many of Vigil Games employees are working for Crytek now. I'm fairly certain they would know best how to continue the series.

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Comment #18 by Fozki Razormaid
Tuesday, April 23, 2013 @ 11:37:27 AM
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I would like a good new Red Faction game

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Comment #19 by FatalDeathSG45
Tuesday, April 23, 2013 @ 11:43:50 AM
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Great to see these 2 franchises will remain alive after all. Don't disappoint me, Nordic Games! :)

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Comment #20 by THC BLUNTED
Tuesday, April 23, 2013 @ 12:07:16 PM
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I cant wait to see what the next darksiders game will be like!

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Comment #21 by DROoOPPY360
Tuesday, April 23, 2013 @ 03:52:48 PM
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Yes Destroy All Humans!! the 1st one was fun as hell in my opinion. Also, glad they picked up Darksiders and Red Faction here's hope to them returning to their roots.

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Comment #22 by TeAmExTrEmE737
Tuesday, April 23, 2013 @ 04:35:14 PM
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I don't know if Nordic games can bring too the table.

I hope they do!

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