Nordic games, the publishers who bought the vast majority of THQ’s remaining assets in the final auction, have earned some serious respect points from me thanks to their comments to Game Informer.
Speaking to Game Informer Nordic CEO Lars Wingefors was first all very honest about his company and why he’s in business:
“We have to be very honest. I am a business man within the games industry. We are not the creative, talented developer that brings out new versions in house,” Wingefors stated. “I understand the potential of the IPs. I respect the original creators and the creative people who are able to create sequels. In the past 24 hours, we have been contacted and there have been a few discussions (but I can’t confirm names).”
“I’m impressed with the love and interest that those IPs, especially Darksiders, are bringing it. You can see Nordic Game as a middle man in order to create great new sequels. If we can find the right team with the right terms, I’m sure we can find the right financial solution to make it happen.”
It’s refreshing to hear such honesty: Lars is a business man looking to make money, yet that doesn’t mean his company can’t also publish good games and have respect for their customers, as is revealed by his next statement when Game Informer asked whether Crytek USA, the studio formed by ex-Vigil employees, had been in touch:
“Officially, we haven’t talked to any partners. My colleagues in Austria are handling the business development and are handling all those contacts. We’ll be sitting down, I think, in the next week to discuss all those options. It takes a very long time to make games. You won’t see a new Darksiders this year. I don’t believe in bringing out a s***** sequel.”
Kudos to Lars, there. If only other companies took that approach the industry might be a better place for the consumer. There also remains the very strong possibility of Nordic licensing Darksiders to Crytek USA, putting the series back in the hands of its original creators for a third game, which would be outstanding to see.
Still, Nordic have a lot of new IPs at their disposal, so the obvious question from Game Informer was where they’d be starting:
“It’s hard to say. Each IP has its own merits. I do have a deep love for MX vs ATV,” Wingefors admitted. “I have sold loads through the years, and I know it is a big community. I think that will be less tricky to make a good game with.”
Lars also mentioned that there has already been interesting in Titan Quest:
“Titan Quest drew a lot of attention in the past 24 hours. There is great love for Titan Quest. I am sure you will see a sequel in the future, but I don’t know when.”
He continued by saying that it is possible that we might see a few of their newly acquired IPs soon, after all they did spend $4.9 million in the auction and need to start getting that back:
“I’m sure we can find a solution for at least one of the IPs, or a few of the IPs, this year. Potentially this summer. There will be a lot of discussions at E3, but it’s hard to say. I’m very open minded and flexible. I trust a handshake. I just need to find the right people.”
Personally I’m fairly impressed with Nordic’s comments to Game Informer. The CEO seems intent on making sure each of his newly acquired IPs gets treated well and handled by the right people. He’s honest about being a business man making to look money, but doesn’t seem to want to just abuse his new purchases and ram them down gamer’s collective throats. Hopefully it’s not all just misleading PR speak.
Best of luck to Nordic, because if they muck it all up there’s going to be a lit of angry gamers out there.