THQ’s de Blob rights picked up by Nordic Games

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More than 18 months after Nordic Games snapped up rights to THQ franchises Darksiders, Red Faction and more from the bankrupt publisher, Nordic announced today it has acquired the de Blob intellectual property from the company.

“de Blob is just a great and truly unique franchise,” Reinhard Pollice, business and product development director at Nordic Games, said in a statement. “We are excited about what the future holds for this polychromatic extravaganza as the newest addition to our portfolio. We will evaluate opportunities with the existing games, as well as potential sequels.”

Nordic Games was one of a handful of companies that purchased intellectual property rights to THQ’s games. Vienna-based Nordic spent $4.9 million for “substantially all” of THQ’s IP, with the exception of Homeworld and Drawn to Life. Other companies that snatched up THQ’s games, properties and developers include Gearbox Software, Sega, Ubisoft, Deep Silver and 505 Games.

THQ published two de Blob games: de Blob for iOS, Wii and Windows Phone in 2008, and de Blob 2 for Nintendo DS, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Wii in 2011. The colorful platformer-adventure games were chiefly developed by Melbourne, Australia-based Blue Tongue Entertainment, which shuttered in 2011.

For more on Nordic Games and its plans for the former THQ franchises, read Polygon’s interviews with Reinhard Pollice and Lars Wingefors.



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