THQ Nordic Continues Studio Spree With Opening of Nine Rock Games

After a spree of acquiring studios, THQ Nordic has opened a new one; Nine Rock Games, comprised of many ex-DayZ developers. reports that THQ Nordic has opened Nine Rock Games, a new studio already working on a project. This news isn’t surprising considering that the last few years have been filled with THQ Nordic acquiring dozens of studios.

Nine Rock Games is located in Bratislava, Slovakia and headed by David Durcak who has experience as the project lead of DayZ. Aside from DayZ, the rest of the team has worked on titles like Soldier of Fortune 3 and Chaser. Considering the prior experience of the team it’s highly likely that Nine Rock is working on a PvP survival game, similar to the DayZ formula.

Over the last few years, it honestly feels like THQ Nordic has bought up anything and everything they can. In February 2019 they bought Kingdom Come: Deliverance developer, Warhorse Studios, and shortly after raised millions of dollars for more acquisitions. In fact, last May, THQ Nordic claimed to have 80 different games in development before going on to buy even more studios. Although titles like Dead Island 2 seem like they will never release, THQ Nordic has been actively releasing and announcing games over the last year. August 2019’s Remnant: From the Ashes was a solid project, and the remaster of cult-classic Spongebob Squarepants Battle for Bikini Bottom is set to release in 2020.

Ultimately, THQ Nordic has shown that they mean business. They’ve found success with games like Metro Exodus, which will finally be releasing on Steam this week. They’ve announced a plethora of unreleased titles, ranging from fan-favorite remasters to strange new experiences like Man Eater. They’ve also shown they are willing to experiment with popular franchises with Darksiders Genesis which saw Darksiders take on a Diablo-like formula.

Stay tuned to Dualshockers for future information on Nine Rock’s upcoming game, and THQ Nordic’s upcoming countless studio acquisitions and game announcements.

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