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Nordic Games will be releasing games under the THQ name

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Nordic Games will be releasing games under the THQ name

Want to hear something reassuring? No major games publisher can ever truly die - just be gutted, sold off, and puppeteered by a new owner. Hrrm, that doesn’t sound so good now I’ve written it down.

Expect to see the THQ splash screen pop up in a near-future videogame or three. Nordic Games picked up the lion’s share of THQ’s back catalogue rights - and now the small Austrian outfit plans to tackle its awareness problem using the old publisher’s name.

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Creative Assembly GM Tim Heaton ran Relic following SEGA takeover

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Creative Assembly GM Tim Heaton ran Relic following SEGA takeover

When THQ went bankrupt and sold Relic to SEGA it was in a state of turmoil. The developer was deep into making Company of Heroes 2 and they had to ship this game in a matter of months. They were lacking a general manager to oversee the studio and this was causing problems across the studio.

SEGA asked one of their other studios, Creative Assembly, to help. Tim Heaton stepped up and began running both Creative Assembly in the UK and Relic over in Canada.

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Gulp: tattoo copyright now officially videogames' problem

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Gulp: tattoo copyright now officially videogames' problem

Copyright law is guided by precedent, and recent signs point to future trouble for publishers with real-world tattoos in their games. Legal tongues were sent wagging after the body artist behind Mike Tyson’s face thing settled a Hangover lawsuit with Warner Bros. two years ago. And now the scribbler of professional mixed martial artist Carlos Condit’s ribcage lion tattoo, seen in UFC Undisputed, has approached a US bankruptcy judge to value the worth of an infringement claim against THQ.

Yup: bankrupt THQ.

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Gearbox on Homeworld acquisition: “it needs a fresh coat of paint”

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Gearbox on Homeworld acquisition: “it needs a fresh coat of paint”

At PAX Australia Gearbox revealed their plans to release an HD version of the Homeworld games, as well as releasing the first two games in their current form through digital outlets. More than that, the studio’s president, Randy Pitchford, and chief creative officer, Brian Martel, talked about their reasons for the acquisition and Relic’s involvement with the new release.

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Saints Row's Enter the Dominatrix DLC is now a mockumentary

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Saints Row's Enter the Dominatrix DLC is now a mockumentary

Saints Row 4 is out now; here's our Saints Row 4 review.

If you recall, Enter the Dominatrix was an announced Saints Row 3 expansion pack that never came out. It never came out, because THQ dictated it become a full sequel shortly before the publisher burst into flame.

But if there’s one thing series creators Volition know, it’s that you never let go of a rude name. The recommissioned Enter the Dominatrix will be a mockumentary featuring the Saints Row cast, due 45 days after Saints Row 4’s August release.

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Hands on with Saints Row 4 PC

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Hands on with Saints Row 4 PC

Saints Row 4 is out now; here's our Saints Row 4 review.

Saints Row 4 is a funny game. There’s a bit, right near the start, where you’re playing as the president of the United States of America. Walking towards the press room, you’re told you’ve got just enough political clout to either cure cancer or end world hunger. It’s a send up of moral choices in games! “Cancer’s had a good run," my character announced after I opted to eradicate the disease forever, “it’s time we put it to bed". 

That’s a funny joke! Good job, game. Not even being sarcastic. Thumbs up.

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Interplay secures rights to Freespace for $7,500

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Interplay secures rights to Freespace for $7,500

Publisher Interplay have activated their tractor beams and pulled in the abandoned space vessel once known as Freespace for a mere $7,500. The classic PC series is known to be the last of the ‘Space Combat Game’ design, before almost all traces of the model were wiped out during the invasion of the World War II Shooters.

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Metro: Last Light’s Ranger mode is exclusive to its limited edition - but Deep Silver would rather it wasn’t

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Metro: Last Light’s Ranger mode is exclusive to its limited edition - but Deep Silver would rather it wasn’t

Metro: Last Light is out now; here's our Metro: Last Light review.

Metro: Last Light’s Ranger mode is designed for desktop survivalists. It limits the amount of ammo you find, how long air filters and battery power last, the rate of mask fogging, and how many weapons you can carry. In short, it’ll make the most claustrophobic shooter in the bunker just that tug-on-the-gas-mask-strap more nauseous. The game’s publisher, Deep Silver, want it to be in every copy of the game. So why isn’t it?

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Darksiders’ new publisher: “We are not the creative, talented developer that brings out new versions in house”

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Darksiders’ new publisher: “We are not the creative, talented developer that brings out new versions in house”

Speaking to Game Informer, Nordic CEO Lars Wingefors said that despite now owning the IP to a number of THQ’s franchises, including Darksiders and Red Faction, he is not about to start developing sequels to the games himself: "We have to be very honest. I am a businessman within the games industry. We are not the creative, talented developer that brings out new versions in house." Instead he intends to outsource the project to the developer best up to the challenge.

This includes Crytek USA, the studio formed from the ashes of Darksiders developer Vigil Games.

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And the new owner of the Darksiders series is...

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And the new owner of the Darksiders series is...

It’s Nordic Games. I was planning to build suspense, blurt the name, and hop into a waiting car to a chorus of “EH?"s. Sadly, it’s not yet lunchtime and I’d have to return to reporting the news after a couple of limp laps around the block. So then: Nordic Games are the new custodians of Darksiders, Red Faction, Titan Quest and Supreme Commander. I suppose you’d like to know who this lot are, and why they’ve bought up a sizeable portion of THQ’s back catalogue?

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Homeworld license bought by Gearbox

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Homeworld license bought by Gearbox

Gearbox have revealed themselves to be the new owner of the Homeworld IP, having successfully bought it in the recent THQ auction.

Initial plans for the IP are to re-release the two original games in an updated form. They don’t expand on this other than to say that these new versions will make “them accessible on today's leading digital platforms."

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THQ auction sees Homeworld, Darksiders, and Destroy All Humans licenses up for sale

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THQ auction sees Homeworld, Darksiders, and Destroy All Humans licenses up for saleWhile the lion's share of THQ was sold back in January, with most of its major studios being picked up by other publishers, there were some properties that were left on the auction house floor. Chief among the game licenses that weren't bought, at least in our eyes, was Relic's fantabulous space-based RTS Homeworld. While Relic itself was bought by Sega the license to the game was not bundled with the company.

Well, all those leftover licenses are going up for auction to be picked over by those with the money to back up their bids. Check out the full list of properties below.

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“Relic and Company of Heroes 2 are intact,” reveals game director

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“Relic and Company of Heroes 2 are intact,” reveals game director

Company of Heros 2 has been released; read our Company of Heroes 2 review to find out our verdict.

After a long day of publisher money crossing sweaty palms - and a glimpse of the sorry end that could have been in the disassembly of Darksiders devs Vigil - we were relieved to hear that lovely, talented Relic would be frozen in carbonite and shipped off whole to new hutt masters Sega. Now Company of Heroes 2 director Quinn Duffy has been thawed out and, while he’s suffering from a hibernation sickness-induced temporary blindness, he can begin to tell us at least some of what the hell is going on.

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Why Relic and the Homeworld IP must be reunited

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Why Relic and the Homeworld IP must be reunitedThe best line in Homeworld is the last line in Homeworld. At the end of the Mothership’s great odyssey, from the dusty desert world of Kharack to their homeworld, Hiigara. Through near genocide, the ship’s brain, a women implanted into the computer core named Karen S’Jet, is finally extracted.

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Indie studio asks Homeworld fans to pitch in and buy series from THQ

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Indie studio asks Homeworld fans to pitch in and buy series from THQTHQ was torn apart like Osiris yesterday, its studios and best-known games scattered all over the world in the hands of new owners. Koch Media got Volition, Crytek got Homefront, Ubisoft got South Park and, as predicted, Sega got Relic. But as far as we can work out, Relic left perhaps their most venerable series behind.

That’s why a small interactive media company are setting out to buy the rights to Homeworld themselves.

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