THQ Nordic have acquired several major studios in recent times, with Warhorse Studios, developers of Kingdom Come: Deliverance, and Piranah Bytes being two notable recent purchases. It seems now that Gunfire Games, the studio behind Darksiders 3, has also now been purchased by the company.
Gunfre Games will remain independent under THQ Nordic, according to a press release, and will continue to have full creative freedoms. All 63 of the development team at the studio will also remain, and Gunfire's founders will remain in their current roles, with CEO David Adams also staying on in that role.
The purchase adds a major RGP studio to THQ Nordic's portfolio, as well as some VR expertise. The company have developed several interesting VR games and RPG titles, including Chronos, a third-person action RPG game.
Through the acquisition THQ Nordic adds a strong team of RPG experts and award-winning VR developers with an existing intellectual property IP portfolio and an exciting new game pipeline.
We don't know how much the company paid for the studio, but the statement mentions that they expect to recoup their investment within the next four years. Gunfire Games' CEO David Adams had the following to say on the purchase;
Having worked together on the development of Darksiders, we are confident that becoming part of THQ Nordic is a great next step for Gunfire. I believe that the experience and publishing capabilities of THQ Nordic will be important in supporting our growth journey and enabling us to continue doing what we love—making great games. We are excited to continue working together going forward.
THQ Nordic will also be changing it's name to Embracer Group in September this year, which makes sense following the bankruptcy of publisher THQ. As such, they're gearing to be a holding company for other studios, rather than a studio in their own right.