Official Codex Discord Server

  1. Welcome to rpgcodex.net, a site dedicated to discussing computer based role-playing games in a free and open fashion. We're less strict than other forums, but please refer to the rules.

    "This message is awaiting moderator approval": All new users must pass through our moderation queue before they will be able to post normally. Until your account has "passed" your posts will only be visible to yourself (and moderators) until they are approved. Give us a week to get around to approving / deleting / ignoring your mundane opinion on crap before hassling us about it. Once you have passed the moderation period (think of it as a test), you will be able to post normally, just like all the other retards.
    Dismiss Notice

The Rise of THQ Nordic - buying up all the IPs

Discussion in 'General Gaming' started by Infinitron, Aug 12, 2016.

  1. commie The Last Marxist Patron

    commie
    Joined:
    May 12, 2010
    Messages:
    1,865,221
    Location:
    Where one can weep in peace
    Divinity: Original Sin Project: Eternity Divinity: Original Sin 2
    Wake me up when they announce Freespace 3.....
     
    ^ Top  
  2. Harry Easter Savant

    Harry Easter
    Joined:
    Jul 27, 2016
    Messages:
    616
    They have ambitions, you have to give them that.
     
    ^ Top  
  3. unfairlight Self-Ejected

    Self-Ejected
    Joined:
    Aug 20, 2017
    Messages:
    4,092
    Banzai, huh. Will be interesting to see if it will just stay a management and marketing arm or if they intend to actually start developing games from there at some point. Not the cheapest place to develop games from but Japan has had a relatively unknown AA game development scene for a while, although it was one that was a lot more console than PC focused and a bit less indie than what you saw in Europe. With how blind and dumb some Japanese companies have been they might just be able to buy out some companies and IPs should one fuck up badly enough. Or maybe we'll just get bad end and it will just start publishing mobile gacha games since the Japanese game industry is not that big and very occupied.
     
    ^ Top  
  4. LESS T_T Prestigious Gentleman Arcane

    LESS T_T
    Joined:
    Oct 5, 2012
    Messages:
    11,871
    Codex 2014
    THQ No... no, Embracer Group's financial presentation feels hollow without announcements of acquisitions: https://embracer.com/report/embrace...tional-ebit-increased-133-to-sek-241-million/

    But recently acquired Goodbye Kansas Game Invest "founded a wholly owned new studio with a senior game development team departing from a large AAA developer."

    And they're keep scouting:

    [​IMG]

    And of course making even more games:

    [​IMG]
     
    • Brofist Brofist x 2
    • Informative Informative x 1
    ^ Top  
  5. HoboForEternity sunset tequila Patron

    HoboForEternity
    Joined:
    Mar 27, 2016
    Messages:
    7,067
    Location:
    Disco Elysium
    okay but where's ELEX 2
     
    • Yes x 2
    • Brofist x 1
    • Funny x 1
    • Agree x 1
    • Rage x 1
    ^ Top  
  6. LESS T_T Prestigious Gentleman Arcane

    LESS T_T
    Joined:
    Oct 5, 2012
    Messages:
    11,871
    Codex 2014
    I was expecting to hear they acquired Owlcat Games.
     
    ^ Top  
  7. Morgoth Arcane Patron

    Morgoth
    Joined:
    Nov 30, 2003
    Messages:
    27,396
    Location:
    Apple Strudel Food Inspection GmbH
    The moniker of THQ Shovelware would be more apt at this point.
     
    ^ Top  
  8. vortex Fabulous Optimist

    vortex
    Joined:
    Mar 25, 2016
    Messages:
    3,244
    What is Embracer Group?
     
    • Friendly Friendly x 1
    • Equip the Ring Equip the Ring x 1
    ^ Top  
  9. Ismaul Citizen First Class #3333 Patron

    Ismaul
    Joined:
    Apr 18, 2005
    Messages:
    1,867,409
    Location:
    On Patroll
    Codex 2014 PC RPG Website of the Year, 2015 Codex 2016 - The Age of Grimoire Make the Codex Great Again! Grab the Codex by the pussy Divinity: Original Sin Project: Eternity Torment: Tides of Numenera Shadorwun: Hong Kong Divinity: Original Sin 2 BattleTech A Beautifully Desolate Campaign
    Nothing but a bunch of :love:
     
    • Friendly Friendly x 2
    • Fabulously Optimistic Fabulously Optimistic x 1
    ^ Top  
  10. Paul_cz Arcane

    Paul_cz
    Joined:
    Jan 26, 2014
    Messages:
    1,600
    Warhorse Secret Project
    4A Games Secret Project

    Are relevant to my interests.
     
    • Agree Agree x 3
    ^ Top  
  11. LESS T_T Prestigious Gentleman Arcane

    LESS T_T
    Joined:
    Oct 5, 2012
    Messages:
    11,871
    Codex 2014
    So THQ Nordic established a Barcelona studio that is focused on making RPGs... after they have acquired three RPG studios (Experiments 101 of Biomutant, Warhorse, PB) over last two years? They also have Grimlore Games.

    Literally Lars Wingefors, the founder:

    :grpg:

    But pity it seems he's not that fond of turn-based games! Very few turn-based games they have published are either no budget production or publishing projects they don't own. (Well, I hope it fares well for Logic Artists.)
     
    • Brofist Brofist x 1
    • gimme dem dolla bills gimme dem dolla bills x 1
    • it is a mystery it is a mystery x 1
    ^ Top  
  12. LESS T_T Prestigious Gentleman Arcane

    LESS T_T
    Joined:
    Oct 5, 2012
    Messages:
    11,871
    Codex 2014
    Embraced another indie studio: https://embracer.com/release/embracer-group-acquires-critically-acclaimed-tarsier-studios/

     
    • Brofist Brofist x 1
    • gimme dem dolla bills gimme dem dolla bills x 1
    ^ Top  
  13. LESS T_T Prestigious Gentleman Arcane

    LESS T_T
    Joined:
    Oct 5, 2012
    Messages:
    11,871
    Codex 2014
    It's based in Sweden, many core devs worked at DICE: https://embracer.com/release/embrac...-new-game-development-studio-river-end-games/

    They're working on an original title with "a deep narrative and exquisite visual design."

     
    • gimme dem dolla bills gimme dem dolla bills x 1
    • incline incline x 1
    ^ Top  
  14. LESS T_T Prestigious Gentleman Arcane

    LESS T_T
    Joined:
    Oct 5, 2012
    Messages:
    11,871
    Codex 2014
    They found yet another studio under Amplifier Game Invest. Embracer Group's first studio based in America (but still led by Swedes): https://embracer.com/release/embrac...ishes-a-new-seattle-studio-c77-entertainment/

    It will make big action games on an original IP. Job posting for Senior Engineer mentions networking and live service experiences.

     
    • Brofist Brofist x 1
    ^ Top  
  15. Perkel Arcane

    Perkel
    Joined:
    Mar 28, 2014
    Messages:
    11,631
    THQ Nordic feels like scam. They basically buy everything they can buy so that they can pump up their stock price and then run away with investor money when most of their games will not be profitable. As long as they grow fast this is great for investors but when they will hit cap then they will have to show receipts and i feel like they won't have anything to show other than big red numbers.
     
    • Agree x 1
    • Yes x 1
    • No x 1
    • Makes you think... x 1
    • M: x 1
    ^ Top  
  16. DeepOcean Arcane

    DeepOcean
    Joined:
    Nov 8, 2012
    Messages:
    6,052
    Debt is really cheap on Europe right now because of the monetary policy of the ECB, banks pretty much pay you for taking a loan, you just need to have a few investors to get some aura of credibility and not look like a scammer and you can borrow as much as you want. Hey, it worked so far for Netflix, Uber, Tesla and other unicorns, to me is more credible that something like THQ eventually will make money than some pipe dream company like Tesla. Besides, they have a few strong IP like the Metro games (Metro Exodus apparently sold well) and are making a new Saints Row game, if they make it good, they will get flooded with cash. They may survive this expansionist phase and honestly I hope they do because fuck EA, and I want more competition on the gaming market. We need more publishers making AA games.

    Investors are after exponential growth company that take this cheap credit to expand operations, that is why so many game companies have been abusing microtransactions, many shareholders are complaining about all this growth they see everywhere when the gaming industry isnt growing as fast as things like Uber, Netflix and other unicorns, so you will take microtransactions in the ass to keep shareholders happy and keep revenues growing not matter the cost.

    While the stock market bubble remain strong and the ECB keeps burning money to keep it going, they have nothing to fear, if shit hits the fan, well it will be a very shitty time not only for them.
     
    • Brofist Brofist x 1
    • Interesting Interesting x 1
    ^ Top  
  17. LESS T_T Prestigious Gentleman Arcane

    LESS T_T
    Joined:
    Oct 5, 2012
    Messages:
    11,871
    Codex 2014
    Another new studio, under THQ Nordic, based in Slovakia. Not officially announced yet but there's a website and job postings.

    Sometimes it looks like a better and bigger version of PlayWay S.A..
     
    ^ Top  
  18. LESS T_T Prestigious Gentleman Arcane

    LESS T_T
    Joined:
    Oct 5, 2012
    Messages:
    11,871
    Codex 2014
    Survival shooter things: https://embracer.com/release/embrac...udio-nine-rocks-games-in-bratislava-slovakia/

     
    • Brofist x 1
    • gimme dem dolla bills x 1
    • incline x 1
    • WTF am I reading x 1
    • Nuke it from orbit x 1
    ^ Top  
  19. LESS T_T Prestigious Gentleman Arcane

    LESS T_T
    Joined:
    Oct 5, 2012
    Messages:
    11,871
    Codex 2014
    Embracer's another great embrace, Saber Interactive, American developer which has more than 600 employees: https://embracer.com/release/embrac...active-initial-consideration-usd-150-million/

     
    • gimme dem dolla bills gimme dem dolla bills x 2
    • Brofist Brofist x 1
    • I found this text to be too long and as such I didn't read it I found this text to be too long and as such I didn't read it x 1
    • Informative Informative x 1
    ^ Top  
  20. LESS T_T Prestigious Gentleman Arcane

    LESS T_T
    Joined:
    Oct 5, 2012
    Messages:
    11,871
    Codex 2014
    Well even more. They founded two more studios under Amplifier Game Invest, Koch Media acquires French developer of some music games. From Q3 report: https://embracer.com/release/embrac...ational-ebit-increased-54-to-sek-302-million/

     
    • Brofist Brofist x 1
    • gimme dem dolla bills gimme dem dolla bills x 1
    ^ Top  
  21. LESS T_T Prestigious Gentleman Arcane

    LESS T_T
    Joined:
    Oct 5, 2012
    Messages:
    11,871
    Codex 2014
    The birdman says:

     
    • Brofist Brofist x 1
    • Informative Informative x 1
    • Excited! Excited! x 1
    ^ Top  
  22. fantadomat Dumbfuck! Dumbfuck Edgy

    fantadomat
    Joined:
    Jun 2, 2017
    Messages:
    22,924
    Location:
    Bulgaria
    THQ are one of the few publisher that deliver good games from time to time,maybe even the best out of the big ones.
     
    • Friendly Friendly x 2
    • Disagree Disagree x 1
    • Yes Yes x 1
    ^ Top  
  23. LESS T_T Prestigious Gentleman Arcane

    LESS T_T
    Joined:
    Oct 5, 2012
    Messages:
    11,871
    Codex 2014
    [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]

    https://www.gamesindustry.biz/artic...-raises-usd160m-for-acquisition-and-expansion

     
    • gimme dem dolla bills gimme dem dolla bills x 2
    • Brofist Brofist x 1
    ^ Top  
  24. Perkel Arcane

    Perkel
    Joined:
    Mar 28, 2014
    Messages:
    11,631
    I wonder when this tower will fall over. They have been scooping up every single dev of mediacore renown with barely any profitable game out there and everything is mostly investement much like Amazon. The thing is that after a while people will want to capitalize on their investements and i can't see them having bilion from those studios in sales.
     
    • Acknowledge this user's Agenda Acknowledge this user's Agenda x 1
    • rolleyes rolleyes x 1
    • Agree Agree x 1
    • Yes Yes x 1
    ^ Top  
  25. hivemind Liturgist Patron Pretty Princess

    hivemind
    Joined:
    Feb 6, 2019
    Messages:
    1,706
    you dont get roi through making profits
    all u need is stocks go up
     
    • STOP! posting STOP! posting x 1
    ^ Top  

As an Amazon Associate, rpgcodex.net earns from qualifying purchases.