Nordic Games Acquires “de Blob” IP From THQ

By Chris Dahlberg

Published on Sunday, November 30, 2014

You may have missed this bit of news near the end of October, but Nordic Games has announced they have purchased the de Blob IP from what remains of THQ. The publisher previously acquired the rights to THQ franchises like Darksiders and Red Faction last year, as well as the THQ name to use when publishing titles from the defunct company (though it doesn’t appear that they used this for the recently released MX vs ATV: Supercross).

While Nordic hasn’t announced concrete plans on new entries for any of these series yet, they have put some of the IP back into circulation on digital platforms. de Blob was always one of those series that seemed fun but didn’t quite reach its audience properly, so perhaps if Nordic puts these up as downloadable titles on Xbox One, Wii U or PlayStation 4 they could build the franchise back up.

No matter what the publisher chooses to do with de Blob, I’m just happy to see that it now belongs with a company actively publishing games, rather than being left to sit with a rights holder that will never re-publish the titles and let them fade into obscurity.

Nordic Games announced today that it has closed an asset purchase agreement with THQ Inc. and THQ International GmbH to acquire the intellectual property “de Blob”.

As usual, the acquisition itself is handled by Nordic Games Licensing AB, based in Karlstad, Sweden, whereas the day-to-day business (sales and distribution, evaluation of sequels & new content etc.) will be conducted by Nordic Games GmbH, based in Vienna, Austria.

“de Blob is just a great and truly unique franchise”, comments Reinhard Pollice, Business & Product Development Director at Nordic Games. “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.”

 

About the series
de Blob is a unique 3D platformer video game that has its gameplay centered around color.
After its initial release for Windows PC in 2006 by a group of students at the Utrecht School of the Arts and Utrecht University, THQ released it on the Nintendo Wii system in 2008 and received broad critical acclaim.

In 2011 de Blob 2 was released on PS3, X360 and Wii which introduced a new 2D platforming mechanic in addition to the existing gameplay mechanics.

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