The question that gamers, media members, and those in the gaming industry alike have been asking is not “What forgotten IP will THQ Nordic buy next?”, but “What won’t they?”; and with today’s announcement from the publisher, that mindset continues to become more and more solidified.
In a statement released by the company, THQ Nordic has announced their acquisition of the intellectual property “Carmageddon” from independent British developer Stainless Games. The company stated that “the acquisition itself is being handled by THQ Nordic AB, based in Karlstad, Sweden, and daily operations (sales and distribution, evaluation of sequels & new content etc.) will be done via THQ Nordic GmbH in Vienna, Austria and/or http://www.handy-games.com GmbH in Giebelstadt, Germany, respectively.”
Carmageddon, which saw its first release on PC in 1997, is a vehicular combat game that revolves around winning by any costs necessary. Players are encouraged to wreck as many vehicles as possible using a combination of weapons and speed, all while trying to keep your car from falling to the same fate. In the original titles, players can win races in three ways: completing the course normally, wrecking all other vehicles on the course, or by destroying all pedestrians on the level. The game had spawned multiple sequels, including a rebooted entry by Stainless Games in 2015 for PC.
THQ Nordic has been on an acquisition tear of recent, picking up forgotten properties that have laid dormant for quite some time, including Timesplitters and Kingdoms of Amalur. While many of these IPs have yet to be rebooted under the THQ Nordic publishing umbrella, some actions have already began to take place, with Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning getting the backwards compatibility treatment on Xbox One.