THQ Nordic is finally developing games that have long been on my ‘wish list’
As THQ Nordic continues to scoop up development studios and IPs, the gaming conglomerate gave us some long-awaited updates. THQ Nordic released their Q1 financial report, which mentions a new core Saints Row game in development, discusses the TimeSplitters franchise and gave us an update on Dead Island 2.
According to THQ Nordic, Volition is “deep in development” of a brand new Saints Row game. This will be the first full entry to the series since Saints Row IV released in 2013. Volition, which created the Saints Row series, last worked on Saints Row: Gat out of Hell in 2015, and then launched Agents of Mayhem in 2017 to a mixed reception.
Dead Island 2 has seen a fairly strenuous development cycle but is still alive. Sumo Digital was previously spearheading the development. It would appear now the responsibility has been shifted to Dambuster Studios, the folks behind Homefront: The Revolution. THQ Nordic notes that Dambuster Studios is leading the development, so whether or not Sumo Digital has a supporting role in the game’s creation is still unknown.
In 2018, THQ Nordic acquired the TimeSplitters IP and had everyone foaming at the mouth for another romp with Sergeant Cortez. That reality is getting ever closer. It’s been announced that Steve Ellis, one of the TimeSplitters creators, has been brought on board. THQ Nordic’s Lars Wingefors notes:
Last year Deep Silver acquired the much-loved TimeSplitters IP. We’re delighted to announce that one of the series’ creators, Steve Ellis, has joined us to help plot the future course for this franchise.
Finally, Fishlabs, the studio behind the Galaxy Fire series, is hard at work on a new IP and “a number of other unannounced projects.”
2019 has been a pretty big year for THQ Nordic. The Q1 financial report boasts that the successful quarter was made in part by the reception Metro Exodus received and the Epic Games Store promotion of Coffee Stain’s Satisfactory. THQ Nordic also announced three games earlier this year. During E3, Spongebob Squarepants: Battle For Bikini Bottom – Rehydrated, a Destroy All Humans! remake and Darksiders Genesis were revealed to be in development. As noted by the report, all three games have been met with positive reception.
While today’s announcements don’t get into the nitty-gritty, it speaks wonders to the effort THQ Nordic has put into keeping beloved franchises alive and well supported. Having a strong catalogue of well-established IP, THQ Nordic is giving us exactly what we want to play.