We’re not sure how to feel about THQ Nordic. The company seemed to buy its way into gamers’ good graces by gobbling up the name and valuable properties of the old bankrupt THQ. And then they thought it was a good idea to hold Q+A on 8chan, a website that was recently shut down for being a literal den of pedophiles and mass shooters. Yikes.

Still, at least the publisher is doing stuff with all these franchises, from Darksiders to Destroy All Humans to SpongeBob SquarePants. And in a recent financial report, THQ Nordic detailed plans for even more revivals of past hits.

Saints Row more than any other franchise bought the old THQ its extra last few years of all. The open-world crime game steadily evolved beyond mere GTA knock-off into its own ridiculous thing full of wacky hijinx and full-on superpowers. However, the franchise has been somewhat dormant following the tepid response to spin-off game Agents of Mayhem. Fortunately, Saints Row 5 (or whatever they call it) is “deep in development” from creators Volition.

I feel like we’ve been hearing about Dead Island 2 for twenty years now. The original zombie RPG (featuring the famously misleading sad trailer) was developed by Techland. And they continued the series in all but name only with Dying Light. But the actual Dead Island 2 has gone through multiple developers, starting with Yager Development before moving to Sumo Digital. And now Dambuster Studios, developers of fellow inexplicable sequel Homefront: The Revolution, will hopefully take the project to the finish line.

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Dambuster Studios is made up of many veterans from Free Radical Design, the developers of the beloved history-altering TimeSplitters first-person shooter series. So fans should rejoice because creator Steve Ellis has partnered with THQ Nordic to “plot the future course” of the TimeSplitters franchise.

For more, here are our thoughts on recent Nintendo Switch ports of THQ Nordic games including the original Darksiders and Saints Row: The Third.





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