THQ Nordic Announce Plans for Dead Island 2 and Timesplitters

By Heidi Nicholas, 1 month ago
THQ Nordic has made a spate of exciting announcements in its latest financial report. CEO Lars Wingefors stated that there's "a strong pipeline of games in development at Deep Silver, THQ Nordic and Coffee Stain." As noted by IGN, two big parts of this pipeline are Dead Island 2 and a new Saints Row game.

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The "brand-new Saints Row game, the first full entry...since Saints Row IV was released in 2013" is now "deep in development". Dambuster studios, meanwhile, are now "entrusted...with the Dead Island franchise" and "are now leading the development of Dead Island 2". This presumably means that Dambuster are now taking the lead on the game instead of Sumo Digital. There's also news for TimeSplitters, as Steve Ellis, one of the creators for the series, has come on board to "help plot the future course for this franchise". There definitely looks to be some heavy-hitters coming from THQ Nordic in the future, especially as they "expect to have at least two major AAA-releases during the next financial year". Currently, they have a total of "81 games under development".

THQ Nordic have also been busy with acquisition-related news. Gunfire Games have long worked in partnership with THQ Nordic, but have now been officially acquired. Gunfire are the developers of the Darksiders series and this acquisition serves to bring "a strong team of RPG experts...with an existing" IP "portfolio and an exciting new game pipeline". THQ Nordic also acquired Goodbye Kansas Game Invest which "includes a portfolio of minority investments in five early-stage development studios; Palindrome Interactive, Fall Damage, Neon Giant, Kavalri and Framebunker". THQ Nordic also acquired Milestone Interactive for 44.9 MEUR. Wingefors states that Milestone "is leading the two-wheel racing game genre" and is "convinced that Milestone will see continued success in the future". Finally, THQ Nordic may also be changing their name to "Embracer Groub AB [publ]". Deep Silver, Coffee Stain and THQ Nordic GmbH won't be having their names changed. THQ Nordic's structure is a bit baffling, and this move is apparently intended "to clarify the group structure".

Overall, there are a lot of exciting things to expect from THQ Nordic's (Embracer's? Embracer Group's?) future. Hopefully there'll soon be more news on Dead Island 2, TimeSplitters, and the new Saints Row game. In the meantime, one title which we can definitely expect soon is Biomutant.

What do you think? Are you more excited for Dead Island 2, TimeSplitters, or Saints Row? Let us know in the comments!
Heidi Nicholas
Written by Heidi Nicholas
Hey, I'm Heidi! I've just finished studying a Masters in English Literature, but I've been obsessed with gaming since long before then. I began on the PS2 with Spyro, before graduating to the Xbox 360 and disappearing into Skyrim. I'm now a loyal RPG fan, but I still like to explore other genres — when I'm not playing Assassin's Creed Odyssey, or being lured back into Red Dead Redemption 2 or The Witcher 3!