It seems we didn't have to wait long to discover the higher bidders for the other lots in the THQ bankruptcy auction after all, as European publisher Nordic Games has laid claim to that honour, ahead of pending court approval for the sales on May 13.
The Austria-based outfit has recently published Painkiller Hell & Damnation, and SpellForce 2, but is perhaps better known for their 2011 acquisition of fellow Euro publisher JoWood and the rights to the Gothic franchise (from Polygon
"The Debtors accepted Nordic's offer of $4.9 million for substantially all the IP except two titles, Homeworld and Drawn to Life," a court document reads. "The bids for individual lots for the assets, excluding the Homeworld lot, did not exceed $4.9 million, and Nordic paid a premium over such individual bids to acquire the aggregate lots."
Nordic Games will acquire more than 150 individual titles as part of the accepted bid. The publisher calls the sale the "biggest acquisition deal in the company history."
Lars Wingefors, owner and CEO of Nordic Games Group AB, said in a statement that the acquisition of THQ's property "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," Wingefors said. "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."
Other noteworthy intellectual property from the sale includes Titan Quest, Supreme Commander, Frontlines, Stuntman, Juiced, Full Spectrum Warrior and Destroy All Humans.
Nordic has opened a new set of discussion forums
calling for community input on the direction it should take with the new brands.
According to Polygon's report, the only remaining THQ IPs that did not go to Nordic Games, are Homeworld for Gearbox Software, and Dawn to Life for 505 Games.