A new interim report from THQ Nordic may have given us even more insight about several game franchises under their belt.
The report for the first quarter of April to June, 2019, states that THQ Nordic, together with Deep Silver and Coffee Stain, have achieved a 33% year-on-year sales growth. The total net sales figures have also reached a total of SEK 641 million (around $67 million). Such healthy figures only bode well for the company, and THQ Nordic is not resting on their laurels.
The company confirms that Volition is working on a new Saints Row game, the first since Saints Row IV came out in 2013. In fact, the developers are “deep in development” on the numbered sequel, which is also a “full entry” in the franchise.
That essentially means that it will be a proper sequel, whether it is named “Saints Row V” or not. It is the first time we have had any confirmation of a new Saints Row title.
THQ Nordic also announced that Dead Island 2 is still being developed and not cancelled. It has now changed hands, and Dambuster Studios, whose work includes 2016’s Homefront: The Revolution, is leading development.
Dead Island 2 has had a troublesome development, first by Yager Development, before it was taken over by Sumo Digital in 2016. The new announcement made no mention of Sumo Digital, so it remains unclear if they are still involved.
The acquisition of the TimeSplitters license by Deep Silver was also reported on. Steve Ellis, one of the series’ original creators, is now part of the team, and is helping to “plot the future course of this franchise.” The last TimeSplitters game was 2005’s TimeSplitters: Future Perfect.
THQ Nordic has also acquired Gunfire Games, bringing into the fold the developers of the recent Darksiders III. A press release has Group CEO Lars Wingefors saying that the company is “strengthening THQ Nordic’s footprint in the US and are adding an experienced and talented development team that we know very well from having collaborated on Darksiders.”
The report also stated that Fishlab, developers of the Galaxy on Fire series, is working on a few unannounced projects, as well as a new IP.