Game distributor and developer THQ Nordic never stops arming itself - announcing the acquisition of 11 studios Development New ones that will join the significant array that is already active under it
The original THQ, a game developer and distributor that has been growing in California since 1990, has not actually existed for more than seven years - but its name continues to be relevant today thanks to the European market, quite surprisingly.
THQ's bankruptcy reached its peak (or low) with an auction of all the brands it owned at the highest price - including its own name, which found its way into a Swedish game distributor called Nordic Games which later became THQ. Nordic. Now, THQ Nordic operates under the umbrella of a company called Embracer Group - and although this name probably does not ring a seller it turns out that it is a kind of power of second-order companies and brands at least some of which are recognized and popular by many.
Embracer Group now operates not only the distributor THQ Nordic, which retains the name and logo of the classic THQ, but also the distributors Koch Media and Saber Interactive (and several other lesser-known entities) that also own a number of studios. Development And their own brands. Embracer is now announcing the acquisition of another 13 (!) Studios Development New for its subsidiaries, in addition to a number of other major acquisitions that have already taken place relatively quietly and behind the scenes during 2020.
From now on, under Koch Media, the Polish developer Flying Wild Hog, which is responsible for the successful launch of the action series Shadow Warrior, which is due to win a third episode in the coming year, will operate - in addition to Volition, which is responsible for the Saints Row series under the same umbrella since 2018. With Warhorse Studios bringing us the role-playing game Kingdom Come, Italian Milestone Studio developing the Ride and MotoGP motorcycle racing titles and more.
Under Saber Interactive, which owns the developer of the high-quality Metro game series and the developer of the tactical action game Insurgency, three more studios will now operate: Nimble Giant Interactive, which created the remake of the Master of Orion series a few years ago, Snapshot Games, which launched the Phoenix game strategy game last year. Point andZen attitude Studios whose people specialize in developing digital pinball games (and not only).
For dessert, THQ Nordic with whom we opened this article received a developer named Purple Lamp Studios, who developed the strategy and management game The Guild 3 in the past and was also responsible for the PC version of Sea of Thieves for Microsoft Office - and she joins a weave that includes the developer Bugbear of the great racing game Wreckfest (plus the original FlatOut games that served as an inspiration for him), Gunfire Games which proved itself with Darksiders 3 and especially with the successful and successful Remnant: From the Ashes, Piranha Bytes who created the role-playing games In the Gothic series, the Risen games and the game ELEX and more.
Is this a messy gathering of a host of European creators and brands that is about to fade and fall apart due to excessive ambition - or the start of something good that will provide a solid financial base for reputable developers and help us get more advanced and impressive games competing for the most powerful distributors around the globe? We will keep our fingers crossed and hope that this is option number 2.