OK, this is starting to get a little ridiculous now. THQ Nordic is continuing in its march to hoover up as many videogame IPs as humanly possible, like some sort of all-consuming beast, announcing it has “acquired the intellectual properties for the Expedition Series.”
Logic Artists’ Expeditions: Viking launched last year to a ‘Very Positive’ reaction on Steam, and was the follow-up to the cult favourite Expeditions: Conquistador.
Evidently, THQ Nordic likes what it’s seen because it’s acquired the rights to the Expeditions franchise from Logic Artists and also announced a third game in the series has now started development. Logic Artists will once more be the development team.
This news follows closely in the footsteps of THQ Nordic buying both Coffee Stain Studios and Wreckfest developer Bugbear. THQ Nordic now owns Koch Media (Shenmue 3, Metro Exodus, Saints Row), as well as the rights to TimeSplitters, Alone in the Dark, Act of War, Delta Force, Joint Operations, Jagged Alliance, Red Faction, Darksiders, Kingdoms of Amalur, Biomutant, Stuntman, and about a billion more. At last count, THQ Nordic had over 55 games in development.
At this point, it’s getting to the stage where even Valve should be sitting up and taking notice. THQ Nordic’s net sales have risen 1403% over the last 12 months. This is a publisher very much in the ascendancy, and one building up a truly formidable catalogue of games and IP.