Timesplitters Acquired By THQ Nordic
THQ Nordic has added another franchise to their suddenly ballooning catalog of games. A press release early this morning announced that the company has acquired the rights to the Timesplitters series.
For many (myself included), the three Timesplitters titles were day one purchases. Quirky with tight mechanics and some bizarre plot twists, this game fits the mold of other THQ Nordic titles (looking at you, Saints Row). However, sales dwindled for the franchise’s third title, Future Perfect, and plans for a Timesplitters 4 were shelved. However, this move indicates that a new installment is a guaranteed certainty, albeit with an uncertain timeline.
The press release heaped glowing praise on the franchise, most of which is nearly impossible to dispute.
“Timesplitters was largely considered as one of the most influential console games of the early 2000’s. The three game series earned a large and passionate fan base thanks to its unique humour, art style and pop culture references while encouraging customization and modification to give each person their own individual experience.”
The press release also noted that THQ Nordic acquired the rights to Second Sight. While Second Sight received positive reviews, the science fiction action/stealth game lacks the name recognition of Timesplitters. Still, don’t consider it to be a lottery ticket. Second Sight has the potential to be an absolute steal of a buy for the company, if handled properly.
These moves come on the heels of some other strong acquisitions by THQ Nordic. Around ten months ago, the company bought Biomutant and developer Experiment 101. We finally received a release date for Darksiders III (November 27, in case you were wondering). The studio is working to revive classic Nickelodeon games. Big names have publicly called for a return trip to Saints Row. You could argue that some of these offer more nostalgia than fresh ideas, but we shouldn’t complain. We’re talking about unique and beloved titles getting sequels or re-releases. What’s not to like?
Acquiring strong IPs is more or less THQ Nordic’s trademark at this point. It’s getting harder to remember when Nordic acquired THQ and rebranded. Six years later, it seems like they’ve been providing much needed TLC to forgotten IPs forever. The company may be entering a new era based on its recent moves, and an extremely lucrative one at that.
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Drew is a freelance writer for DFTG. He's the former Managing Editor of Haogamers and has been published in the Chicago Tribune and The Paragon Journal. He also edited the novel Three Brightnesses and Artist Journey: Rachta Lin (2016 and 2017 editions).