Back in late 2012/early 2013, THQ notably filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, leaving a liquidation of its assets to sell many of its remaining big franchises, like Darksiders and Homefront, to other studios and publishers for their use.
Though the publisher as it previously stood may no longer exist, there is still hope that we may see the THQ brand live on (in name only), as publisher Nordic Games has purchased the rights to use the company’s trademark. Nordic Games revealed in an interview that the company’s purchase of the brand will allow the studio to use THQ’s name on released titles, with the intention being that THQ has a much bigger profile and reputation than their own, much smaller studio.
Nordic Games lead Klemens Kruezer mentioned on the acquisition of the THQ name:
“The challenging fact is nobody has ever heard about Nordic Games before [the THQ auction]. There were so many articles with the headlines ‘Who the fuck is Nordic Games?’ We said, okay they were right.”
“We are small team. The expectations from outside regarding the IPs of THQ are really high. We see it everyday on our Facebook sites. If we post something new to a project the first comments are, ‘Oh, nice. But what about Darksiders 3?’”