THQ Nordic’s ravenous appetite has seen it devour another studio, and this time it’s a big one. Kingdom Come: Deliverance developer Warhorse Studios hash been bought by THQ Nordic, including all of the IP rights to the Kingdom Come: Deliverance franchise. The original Kingdom Come was published by Koch Media, they of Metro Exodus controversy.
“Warhorse Studios is one of the leading independent studios in Europe and I am proud to welcome them to the THQ Nordic group,” said Lars Wingefors, CEO of THQ Nordic. “Kingdom Come: Deliverance, which has now sold over two million copies, has been a great success since the release exactly one year ago. I look forward to continue working with the founders who will continue managing the studio under strong creative freedom for many years to come.”
Warhorse was purchased for €33.2 million / $37.73m from Koch Media, which itself bought Warhorse Studios last year. It sounds like a fantastic acquisition for THQ Nordic, and one focused more on quality than quantity than we’ve usually come to expect from THQ these days.
“Becoming part of THQ Nordic family is an important milestone for our studio,” said Martin Fryvalsky, CEO of Warhorse Studios. “We began as a small start-up with a handful of employees who were enthusiastic enough to join this challenging project. The skills of our team members, trust and support of our main investor and passion of our fans, who supported development of Kingdom Come: Deliverance through a Kickstarter campaign, helped us grow to an international level. We believe that backing by THQ Nordic will give us an extra push in our mission to bring exciting games to our customers and extend the frontiers of the gaming industry.”
It sounds as if THQ Nordic intends for Warhorse to continue working as an independently-minded studio, a move which should work out for both parties involved. Presumably, this means they’ll be able to go ahead and make the Kingdom Come: Deliverance sequel which has always been planned by the studio.