How’s this for a twist? THQ Nordic has announced plans to purchase the publishing operation and internal studios connected to Koch Media (the parent company of Deep Silver) for $150 million.
If you’ll recall, Deep Silver purchased the Volition (and their Saints Row franchise), as well the publishing rights to the Metro series, from the THQ bankruptcy auction in 2013. At the same time, Crytek outbid Deep Silver for Dambuster Studios (and the rights to the Homefront franchise), but both would be acquired by Deep Silver a year later during Crytek’s own bankruptcy scare.
Meanwhile, Nordic Games scooped up THQ’s remaining assets during a second auction that Spring. They’ve since rebranded as THQ Nordic, and begun reintroducing the company’s franchises on new-generation hardware. By purchasing Deep Silver, they’ve moved nearly all of THQ’s former franchises back under the same roof.
According to the announcement, Deep Silver had five announced games in development at the time of the acquisition (the recently-launched Kingdom Come: Deliverance, Codemasters’s Onrush, 4A Games’s Metro Exodus, Yu Suzuki’s Shenmue III, and Sumo Digital’s Dead Island 2), in addition to nine unannounced games. As of now, THQ Nordic will assume management on all of these titles, though Deep Silver will continue to operate as a separate publishing label.
In addition to Deep Silver’s publishing contracts, THQ Nordic will also acquire their internal studios. That includes Volition and Dambuster Studios, as well as mobile developer Fishlabs.