Tuesday, 21 August, 2018

THQ Nordic buys Metro, Saints Row, & Dead Island publisher

THQ Nordic Buys Saints Row Developer Saints Row, Dead Island and Metro publisher Koch Media acquired by THQ Nordic
Guillermo Lane | 14 February, 2018, 18:09

Another interesting tidbit from the official press release is that THQ Nordic mentions that Saints Row and Agents of Mayhem developer Volition, acquired by Deep Silver in 2013, is now working on an unannounced AAA game. One of those unannounced titles is a new AAA game from Saints Row developer Deep Silver Volition.

In a note to press, THQ Nordic said it has no plans to restructure Deep Silver, which hopefully means jobs are safe (there are 150 people now at Volition, for example), and Koch Media will continue to operate as a separate entity within the THQ Nordic group. In May 2017, Deep Silver told Eurogamer Dead Island 2 was still alive, despite no news emerging on the game in over a year.

KitGuru Says: Deep Silver has had a rough time recently. It's in the works at United Kingdom studio Sumo Digital. Koch Media's business also includes films, which are created "primarily for German and Italian speaking territories". Before that, Dambuster's troubled Homefront failed to set tills alight.

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Koch Media GmbH and its subsidiaries will continue to operate as independent entities within the THQ Nordic group.

"I strongly believe that THQ Nordic is a great strategic fit with Koch Media", Koch Media CEO, Dr. Klemens Kundratitz, adds. Additionally, THQ Nordic said that "names of both operational companies, including its publishing units Deep Silver and THQ Nordic, will remain unchanged". "In addition to having long experience within games development and publishing, THQ Nordic has the skills, willingness and capital to deliver growth in the future". In terms of games, that means the publisher now has control of Dead Island, Saints Row, and the Metro series, as well as their existing IPs.

THQ Nordic's acquisition of Koch Media and Deep Silver brings the number of total employees at the new company to more than 1,600 across a combined 36 internal and external studios.

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