Nordic Games: Who Are They & What’s Next?
We have previously covered Nordic Games acquisition of a variety of THQ's assets. These included Red Faction, Darksiders, Frontlines and Supreme Commander and THQ's back catalogue which set Nordic Games back $4.9 million. But one question still persists: Who the frack is Nordic?
Reinhard Pollice, who is part of Nordic Games' product development team, answers, "Who the f*ck is Nordic? We are a group of 15 people in Austria, but in the whole group we have a quality assurance group in Europe. Also, a lot of people who bring the games to the market. What really makes up Nordic, what's good about Nordic, is that we are all players ourselves and are passionate about the projects we are doing." There you go then.
The CEO of Nordic Games, Lars Wingefors, has talked about the recent acquisitions before, but Nordic have not yet revealed what they actually intended to do with these IPs. However Nordic Games certainly seems to know what gamers would like to see.
Reinhard Pollice said, "We want to carefully select which franchises are up for getting a sequel or new installment. We closely monitor the communities on that." Pollice also mentioned that the games getting the most feedback from the community were Red Faction, Titan Quest, MX vs. ATV and Darksiders (though he says that he'd personally like to see a new Deadly Creatures).
But Nordic Games are a self-described "middle man" so releasing any new games would require a little co-operation from outside sources; they do not have their own internal studios nor do they have the monetary resources to make their own AAA quality continuation of their recently acquired IPs and this means that Nordic would likely need the help of another company to do this. A case in point would be Darksiders which Nordic would need the help of another publishing partner for.
Pollice elaborates, "Darksiders is really big. We know we need a partner for that. An established development team that can pull out such a big action adventure. We obviously talked to former team members and, if they are free, we want to somehow involve them. If they are allowed to because, you know, some of them found other jobs or are with Crytek now."
Fans of Darksiders ought to feel reassured in that Pollice is also a fan and that he wants to do the series justice with any new game that is made. That said, Pollice is in no rush to release a new game and he has said "I would not look for a Darksiders 3 before two years from now."
As for some of the other IPs, Pollice says he thinks that Nordic could handle development of MX vs. ATV on their own. Pollice expressed uncertainty in regards to Red Faction, saying that it would depend on the direction they'd want to take the game in. However he did say that he feels that terraforming and building destruction are necessary parts of the franchise and therefore would be important elements to consider when creating a new game. Lastly, in regards to Titan Quest, it was revealed that Nordic has been discussing the possibility of getting a new game off of the ground with some European studios. But nothing is quite concrete yet.
Pollice explained, "I mean, we just got two weeks ago the actual source codes and art assets. Before I went to E3, I was starting and getting to kick off internally what's there. It will be a process over the next couple of months and then to discuss internally what route we want to go. We want to give fans they know from the past and they liked, but bring it somehow to the next level. What you as a player would expect from a sequel. We know we have to move one step ahead."
Nordic still has a great deal of work ahead of them but Pollice would like to make some announcements at Germany's massive games convention, Gamescom, which will be held in Cologne in August. So we won't have to wait much longer to hear what Nordic has up its sleeve.
Lastly, Pollice said, "We'd also love to make contact with former developers on these games. So, everyone who worked on one of these games get in touch with us. Obviously those guys have great experience in doing those games. They spent a lot of time and passion on creating that. Ideally, we'd like to team up with those former developers." Sounds like a very smart move on their part.
But what do you think? Which series would you want to see Nordic work on first? Let us know in the comments below.