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Nordic Games

is a Swedish computer game publisher and retail company based in Karlstad, Sweden. Its core portfolio comprises products and brands which were acquired from JoWooD... read more

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Founding date
2011
Address
City: Vienna
Street: Landstrasser Hauptstrasse 1/Top 18
ZIP: 1030
Country: Austria
Number of Employees
11-20
Other inquiries
Phone: +43 1 23654870
Website
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Updated
10/21/2016 10:46:21 AM
Nordic Games

is a Swedish computer game publisher and retail company based in Karlstad, Sweden. Its core portfolio comprises products and brands which were acquired from JoWooD Entertainment and DreamCatcher Interactive in 2011 and from THQ in 2014.

Description

History

At the beginning of the 1990s, Lars Wingefors founded a company named LW Comics to sell and trade secondhand comic books. In 1993 the focus of that company shifted to video games, again starting as a mail-order retailer for secondhand software and cartridges, finally becoming Nordic Games. Over the years the company added new goods to its portfolio and established several stores over the Finnish and Scandinavian area. In 2000 British retailer Gameplay.com (later renamed to Game) acquired Nordic Games for £5.96 million. After the dot-com bubble Wingefors re-acquired the Nordic retail division from financially troubled Gameplay for 1 Swedish Krona or 7 pence. In 2004, the company started with a newoutlet store concept. In 2008, Nordic Games entered game development by creating its own publishing branch Nordic Games Publishing in order to create products for its outlet stores. Some minor success was the singing game series We Sing for the Wii console.

On August 16, 2011 Nordic Games Holding announced that it had acquired assets from JoWooD, its products and brands, including The Adventure Company. Following the acquisition it was announced that JoWooD and The Adventure Company will become publishing labels for Nordic Games GmbH, a wholly owned subsidiary of Nordic Games Holding.Today, Nordic Games Austria is handling most of Nordic Games' releases, licensing deals are handled by the Swedish Nordic Games Licensing AB.

In February 2012, Nordic Games took over the boxed release of Alan Wake from Remedy Entertainment for PC. In May 2012, Nordic Games acquired 55 shops and the online store for Sweden and Norway from Game.

In April 2013, Nordic Games acquired the remaining properties still owned by the bankrupt American video game publisher THQ as part of the company's liquidation, including the Darksiders, Red Faction, and MX vs. ATV franchises. Nordic plans to find new distribution channels for some of its newly acquired properties, and has considered the third-party development of new installments. On June 12, 2014, it was also announced that Nordic Games had acquired the THQ trademarks, allowing the company to use the THQ brand as an imprint on future games. In November, it also acquired the rights to the THQ series de Blob.

From Atari, SA, Nordic Games bought the rights to the Desperados series and Silver in June 2013. In April 2014 it took over the rights to the adventure series The Black Mirror from bankrupt German publisher dtp entertainment. It was followed by the acquisition of dtp's licenses for The Moment of Silence, The Mystery of the Druids and Curse of the Ghost Ship, originally created by German developer House of Tales, as well as the commercial rights for the trademarks Overclocked: A History of Violence and 15 Days.

In July 2015, Nordic Games GmbH and Piranha Bytes announced a collaboration to produce a new open-world action Sci-Fi RPG called ELEX. Later that year in August, Nordic Games announced their acquisition of Jagged Alliance and other franchises from bitComposer.

On February 2, 2016, Nordic Games GmbH announced the acquisition, through their subsidiary Nordic Games Licensing AB, of numerous intellectual properties and franchises once belonging to Digital Reality, such as Imperium Galactica, SkyDrift and Sine Mora.

Upcoming games by Nordic Games

Title
Release
Platform
Notes
ELEX
2016/2017
Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
Developed by Piranha Bytes
AquaNox: Deep Descent
2017
Windows

SpellForce 3
TBA
Windows, Linux
 Developed by Grimlore Games
The Guild 3
TBA
Windows

Battle Chasers: Nightwar
2016
Windows
Developed by Airship Syndicate


Key Franchises/IPs

Title
Latest Release
Genre
Origin
Aquanox
2002
Action
Acquired from JoWooD Entertainment
The Guild
2010
Life simulation/RTS
Acquired from JoWooD Entertainment
Legend of Kay
2010
Action-adventure
Acquired from JoWooD Entertainment
ArcaniA
2011
Action RPG
Acquired from JoWooD Entertainment
SpellForce
2014
RTS/RPG
Acquired from JoWooD Entertainment
Yoga Wii
2009
Fitness game
Acquired from JoWooD Entertainment
Panzer Elite
2007
Simulation
Acquired from JoWooD Entertainment
Painkiller
2013
Shooter
Acquired from DreamCatcher Interactive
Safecracker
2010
Adventure (point and click)
Acquired from DreamCatcher Interactive
Titan Quest
2007
Action role-playing (hack and slash)
Acquired from THQ
Darksiders
2012
Action-adventure, hack and slash
Acquired from THQ
Red Faction
2011
Shooter
Acquired from THQ
MX vs. ATV
2014
Racing
Acquired from THQ
Frontlines: Fuel of War
2008
Shooter
Acquired from THQ
Juiced
2007
Racing
Acquired from THQ
Stuntman
2007
Racing/Action
Acquired from THQ
Destroy All Humans!
2008
Action-adventure
Acquired from THQ
Deadly Creatures
2009
Action
Acquired from THQ
Full Spectrum Warrior
2006
Action
Acquired from THQ
The Outfit
2006
Action
Acquired from THQ
Summoner
2002
Role-playing
Acquired from THQ
De Blob
2011
Platform/Puzzle
Acquired from THQ
Silver
2000
Action role-playing (hack and slash)
Acquired from Atari
Desperados
2005
Real-time tactics
Acquired from Atari
Men of Valor
2004
First-person shooter
Acquired from 2015, Inc.
Nexus: The Jupiter Incident
2005
Space combat simulator, Real-time tactics
Acquired from HD Interactive


Release History

Title
Release
Genre
Platforms
Note
A Vampire Tale
2012
Point-and-click adventure
Windows

Alan Wake
2012
Action-adventure
Windows
Boxed version publishing
Alan Wake's American Nightmare
2012
Action-adventure
Windows
Boxed version publishing
Arcania: Fall of Setarrif
2011
Action RPG
Windows
Finished game acquired from JoWooD Entertainment
Arcania: The Complete Tale
2013
Action RPG
Xbox 360, PS3

Darksiders 2: Deathinitive Edition
2015
Action role-playing
PlayStation 4, Xbox One
Remastered version of Darksiders II
Deadfall Adventures
2013
Action
Windows, Linux, Xbox 360, PS3

Dungeon Lords MMXII
2012
RPG
Windows
Reworked version of Dungeon Lords
Legend of Kay Anniversary Edition
2015

Windows, Wii U, Mac

MX vs. ATV Supercross
2014
Racing
Windows, Mac, Linux, Xbox 360,Playstation 3

Painkiller: Recurring Evil
2012
Action
Windows
Small add-on for digital distribution
Painkiller: Hell & Damnation
2012 (PC)
2013 (X360,PS3)
Action
Windows, Linux, Mac, Xbox 360,PS3

The Raven: Legacy of a Master Thief
2013
Point-and-click adventure
Windows, Mac, Linux, Xbox 360

Rochard
2012
Platformer
Windows, Mac, Linux
Boxed version
Shadowrun Chronicles: Boston Lockdown
2015

Windows
Release of the boxed version for the game.
SpellForce 2: Demons of the Past
2014
RTS / RPG
Windows
Expansion pack
SpellForce 2: Faith in Destiny
2012
RTS / RPG
Windows
Development completed after acquired from JoWooD Entertainment
The Book of Unwritten Tales
2012
Adventure
Windows, Mac, Linux
Steam release
The Book of Unwritten Tales: The Critter Chronicles
2012
Adventure
Windows, Mac, Linux
Steam release
The Book of Unwritten Tales 2
2015
Adventure
Windows, Mac, Linux
Sequel to The Book of Unwritten Tales
The Vanishing of Ethan Carter
2014
Adventure
Windows, PS4
PlayStation 4 release in 2015

This article uses material from the Wikipedia article Nordic Games (company), which is released under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share-Alike License 3.0.

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