Posts Tagged ‘THQ Nordic’

THQ Nordic buy the studio making Biomutant

The cutesy Biomutant raised a few eyebrows after its announcement during Gamescom in August, enough that THQ Nordic have gone ahead and bought the studio making it. THQ Nordic were already publishing Biomutant, and now they own both the post-apocalyptic open-world action-RPG and developers Experiment 101 too. Read the rest of this entry »

Titan Quest has a new Norse expansion and it’s out now

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Well, this is a sight for Thor eyes.

I thought Titan Quest was done for good, which wouldn’t be surprising considering it’s more than a decade old. But today, right now, THQ Nordic have released a fresh expansion, Ragnarok, that takes the mythological hack and slasher into the cold of northern Europe. Titan Quest has moved on from Olympus and Hades and now we’re getting a dose of Norse mythology.” Brave the realms of the Celts, the Northmen and the Asgardian gods in the largest act to date,” it says here, and you’ll do all that braving across dozens of new quests.

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Risen & Gothic creators go post-apocalyptic with Elex

From the first Gothic games through to Risen, German studio Piranha Bytes have made fantasy RPGs. Today that changes with the launch of Elex [official site], taking the open-world RPG antics to a post-apocalyptic with jetpacks and guns. Oh okay, it is a little bit fantasy still, with technomagic, monsters, swords, and thatched cottages. But in the future. Read the rest of this entry »

Premature Evaluation: The Guild 3

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This week, Fraser’s the one being offered up as a sacrifice to the cruel gods of Early Access. He’s been flung back through time to live his best serf life in GolemLab’s medieval sim, The Guild 3 [official site].   

Being a freelance video game man, I suffer from a great deal of existential dread, and it’s proved to be too much for me, so I’ve packed it all in to start fresh in The Guild 3’s recreation of 15th century London. In my new and improved life, I’m Carlton Bloomer, a rogue, a pickpocket and a feckless ne’er-do-well. Join me as I try to rise to the top of medieval English society using my quick fingers and juggling skills.

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Comic-turned-RPG Battle Chasers: Nightwar is out now

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I’m not entirely sure how Battle Chasers: Nightwar [official site] has flown under my radar for so long. It feels like one of those games that has always been just on the periphery of my awareness. I know that it was a respectable success on Kickstarter. I know that it’s a hybrid of ARPG adventuring with JRPG style combat. I know that it’s based on a cult ’90s comic series by Darksiders creative director Joe Madureira, and now I know that it has been released.

I also know (on account of putting it there) that the incredibly ’90s animated intro is just after the jump.

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Biomutant is an open-world Wushu mutant action-RPG

Wushu martial arts, open-world adventure, mutations, mechanical augmentations, hot air balloons, crafting, and jet-skis come together in Biomutant [official site], a newly-announced action-RPG headed for a 2018 launch. It sounds wildly ambitious but looks pretty dang neat, with a cute lil furry fella scampering around and powering up in all sorts of ways. Sure, making a big gun is helpful, but so is growing a scorpion tail. Here, have a look at the cinematic announcement trailer, which doesn’t reveal much about the game but is quite pleasant. Read the rest of this entry »

ReBOOt! Horror adventure Black Mirror returns this year

The Black Mirror, the horror adventure series kicked off in 2003 by Future Games then followed by two sequels from another studio, is returning this year with a reboot. The new Black Mirror [official site] is set in a new place with a new story so it’s basically a new game with an old game, but it has drafted some familiar help. Black Mirror is being made by King Art Games, who made a lot of Black Mirror II and went on to create adventure games including The Book of Unwritten Tales and The Raven. Black Mirror is due on November 28th. For now, here’s the announcement trailer: Read the rest of this entry »

Sine Mora EX is a free update to Grasshopper’s shmup

Grasshopper Manufacture and Digital Reality’s side-scrolling shoot ’em up Sine Mora is back, though it never left. The 2012 game has been expanded and fancied up for the new generation of consoles with new modes and local cooperative play, and those have come our way too. Sine Mora EX [official site] is out now, and is free to folks who own the original. Yup, this is the Grasshopper best known for brash games like Killer7, No More Heroes, and Lollipop Chainsaw, but no one shouts “Fuck you!” when killing enemies or suplexes anyone. Sine Mora is mostly a nice shmup with big bosses. Read the rest of this entry »

Retrospective: Darksiders II – Deathinitive Edition

Returning to Darksiders II [official site] nearly five years after I first reviewed it, for a worrying time I wondered what on Earth I’d been on about. I remember absolutely loving the game, and writing a rave review back in 2012, so why was I struggling to even want to carry on in the first hour? It turns out, it just has a really dull first hour, because ten hours in I’m so utterly engrossed, and want to rave about it all over again. Read the rest of this entry »

Colourful platformer De Blob 2 squelches onto PC

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We all know the saying: you wait a decade for one jazzy paint-based platformer starring a big blob of colour and then two come along at once. Or something like that.

De Blob arrived on PC in April, 9 years after the original release on the Wii, and this week the sequel arrived on PC a mere 6 years after it first hit consoles. Somebody’s in a hurry.

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’90s RPG Silver slashes its way onto Steam

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Sweet, sweet nostalgia. I only have vague memories of playing the RPG Silver [Steam page] as a ten-year-old (I’m wondering now what the age rating was…) but I remember really liking it. Its swordplay was its standout feature, and the direction of your strikes depended on which way you moved your mouse. It seems rudimentary now, but at the time it blew my little mind.

Anyway, now I — and anybody else who’s interested — gets to relive the action all over again on Steam, where it has just released courtesy of THQ Nordic. Admittedly, it’s been out on GOG since 2012, but this latest version, currently on sale, is a perfect excuse to jump back in. It’s only £3.99, which includes a 20% launch discount. Read the rest of this entry »

Goth is dead: Gothic devs go sci-fi with Elex in October

Elex [official site] will launch on October 17th, publishers THQ Nordic announced today. Elex might sound like the name of of an app startup pitching itself with “It’s like Uber for laxatives” but Elex is, in fact, a post-apocalyptic open-world RPG from the creators of Gothic and Risen. German studio Piranha Bytes have sidled away from historical fantasy and gone a bit sci-fi fantasy (sci-fantasy?) for Elex, visiting a world where a meteor strike has trashed the planet and showered it with the magical element Elex. This can only lead to questing! Read the rest of this entry »

Darksiders 3: 12 minutes of whipping enemies to shreds

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Darksiders 3 [official site] was only announced four days ago but we’ve already got 12 minutes of gameplay to inspect.

The pre-alpha footage shows Fury, one of the Horsemen (horsewoman?) of the Apocalypse, jumping and rolling through a city that’s been torn apart by nature, fighting giant crabs, horned red monstrosities and – finally – Sloth, one of the Seven Deadly Sins. He’s basically a massive, bulbous green bug with a club that looks like it could take your head off in a single swing. Read the rest of this entry »

Darksiders 3 is coming in 2018 [updated]

Update: Yup, it’s now official. THQ Nordic have announced that Darksiders 3 is coming in 2018, made with the former Vigil Games folks at Gunfire Games.

It seems a Darksiders 3 [official site] will indeed rise from the ruins of THQ with more Apocalyptic action, as listings for it have unexpectedly popped up on Amazon. This time, Fury will be the Horseman riding out to duff up monsters. This is not officially official yet, mind, as Darksiders owner THQ Nordic haven’t announced any such game. But the Amazon listing is right there and doesn’t look like a prank. THQ Nordic have said for years that they wanted to make a third Darksiders, so here we go? Read the rest of this entry »

De Blob out now on PC, only 9 years late

Every party-goer knows it’s cool and trendy to arrive late. You wait until everyone is tipsy and bored of each other, then you appear in the doorway, hands full of ice creams, wearing your best pair of gloves. de Blob [official site], the jazzy puzzle-platformer about painting the town red and other colours, has arrived to the PC party a whole 9 years after its original release on the Wii. So, uh, hi de Blob.
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Split splot splat: De Blob bouncing back to PC

After rolling round consoles for the best part of a decade, paint-splatting platformer De Blob [Steam page] is coming home to PC. It’s about a big blob rolling around a dystopian city painting everything with its splatty powers. You might remember De Blob from its origins as a student project game on PC in 2006, back before THQ bought it, created a new Blob game for Wii, then crashed and burned and… to cut a long story short, that Blob game will finally come to PC on April 27th. Read the rest of this entry »

Darksiders Warmastered Edition out now, free for owners of the original

Darksiders: Warmastered Edition [official site] is a terrible name. It’s the remastered edition of the original Darksiders, that brawly third-person action game about apocalyptic horse-fancier War, so I can see their thinking. But… no.

It is now out on PC though which is nice, and owners of the original can upgrade for free.

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THQ Nordic Buy Up NovaLogic’s Games, Including Delta Force & Comanche

Military sim specialists NovaLogic have sold all games and projects they owned to The Nordic Fist Wearing THQ As Fingerless Mittens. THQ Nordic, who are really Nordic Games renamed, today announced that they’ve picked up serieseses including Delta Force, Comanche, and F-16, along with the NovaLogic trademark.

They haven’t announced they’re making any specific new games in these series, but say they’re accepting pitches for sequels to these NovaLogic games. Nordic are getting a bit carried away with this Halloweening; you can just make Delta Force costumes, gang – you don’t need to buy the whole series. Read the rest of this entry »

Boo! Darksiders: Warmastered Edition Delayed

OOGILY BOOGILY BOOGA BOO!

I apologise for shaking you to the very core of your being, leaving you with fingernails bitten to the bone as you sit in a warm ammoniac sop, but it’s important that I prepare you for Hallowe’en shocks. And for this next spine-chilling surprise: Darksiders: Warmastered Edition [official site] has been delayed. The revamped rerelease of Vigil Games’ 2010 Apocalyptic action-adventure was due on October 25th, in time for the day we all know as The Big Spooky, but publishers THQ Nordic have pushed it back by one month. Read the rest of this entry »

Clickclick: Titan Quest’s Big Anniversary Edition Update

Today, in news I didn’t think I’d be writing: peachy-keen action-RPG Titan Quest [official site] has received a huge update, more than ten years after its release. Everyone who owned Titan Quest on Steam is now upgraded to the Anniversary Edition, where performance is improved, bugs are fixed, balance is tweaked, GameSpy guff is cut, and oh, the Immortal Throne expansion is included free too. Cripes! The game’s now sold on GOG and all. Unlike the terrible creature wearing the skin of Atari, the creature that’s trying on the skin of THQ seems quite friendly so far.

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