Nordic Games has told Polygon that it has acquired the THQ trademark, allowing the company to publish games under the THQ brand.
Publisher THQ was cut up and sold off last year
following bankruptcy, and Nordic Games picked up multiple assets
from the company, including the Darksiders, Red Faction
and MX vs ATV
Now Nordic Games says that
it has also bought the rights to use the THQ name, and that the company plans to potentially publish future games in these franchises using the THQ name.
"It was kind of surprise to some industry veterans and players that we were the winner of the auction of the THQ titles," Nordic Games GM Klemens Kruezer told Polygon. "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."
This is the reasoning behind utilizing the THQ name -- the company believes THQ is a better known brand than its own. Nordic also has access to all of THQ's social media assets, including the company's Twitter and Facebook pages.
"We are small team," Kruezer added. "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