When THQ hit rock bottom this year, the future of the MX vs. ATV
franchise was one that seemed uncertain after the first round of auctions failed to find a buyer. Then Nordic Games showed up and purchased many of THQ's properties during the second round of auctions. Now, the MX vs. ATV
franchise will be getting a revival.
Nordic has assembled a development team comprised of former MX vs. ATV
developers, which is led by Ken George. The team's franchise and industry veterans include Dave Dwire, Mike Mamula, Brad Bowling, Scott Hofmann, Justin Walsh, David Knudsen, and Chris Gilbert. Their first title will be MX vs. ATV Supercross
, which will be released as a downloadable title for the Xbox 360 in the first half of 2014. Further details on this new title will be revealed at a later date. George said:
We're absolutely thrilled to be working with Nordic Games because they appreciate the team's passion and dedication to bring the feel of real motocross racing to MX vs. ATV fans. Not just the adrenaline rush, but the whole experience from top to bottom. A lot of the original team members have been aching to continue their passion: building the most authentic off-road racing games possible. The hiatus is over, and the team is back to work on MX vs. ATV with great new things to come.
As well as developing a brand new title, the team are also hoping to revive some of the features for earlier titles. Having acquired the code for MX vs. ATV: Alive
and MX vs. ATV: Reflex
, the team hopes to bring back some of these games' features, including console multiplayer and the Motoclub Depot. If the multiplayer for the latter title reappears, this would mean that the seven discontinued achievements for this title may well become obtainable again. Fingers crossed!