THQ Nordic Purchased Coffee Stain Studios and Bugbear; Now Has 35 Unannounced Games in Development

THQ Nordic has announced the purchase of Coffee Stain Studios (Deep Rock Galactic) and Bugbear (Wreckfest). They have 35 unannounced projects at the moment.

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DarkVoyager2023d ago

Quality > Quanity

Having this many games in development is just asking for trouble.

LucasRuinedChildhood2023d ago (Edited 2023d ago )

A lot of their games (Metro Exodus, Wreckfest, Darksiders 3, Biomutant, etc) are looking pretty good though.

Ausbo2022d ago

Metro exodus isn’t a Nordic game. Developed by 4A games and published by deep silver

Ausbo2022d ago

My bad. I forgot they acquired deep silver. You’re right

isarai2022d ago

You're thinking in terms of AAA, but THQ Nordic has said themselves they are aiming to fill the void of the mid tier games market. Not to mention they already have quite a few GOOD dev studios under their belt. with lower budget and AAA experienced teams now put on lower pressure mid tier titles this could easily allow for all these studios to work on more than one project at once (hell the Darksiders devs have already said they have been working on a another title since Darksiders III hit alpha)

bmf73642022d ago

The mid-tier has kinda fizzled out since THQ originally went under. Warner Bros. grew too big for its own good, Deep Silver was overly-ambitious with their dependency on Saints Row & Dead Island. THQ Nordic NEEDS to be that middle-ground between indie and the big AAA publishers.

NeoGamer2322022d ago

There is room in the market for 2nd tier type games. Not every game needs to be a AAA masterpiece with gripping stories and battle royales.

As long as they have enough studios to support releasing a decent game why would gamers not buy games they like.

Glak182022d ago

"2nd tier type games"
"AAA masterpiece"

Not of fan of people assuming AAA means the best games. AAA means how much funding the project gets, that's it...not quality of game. You can assume the game will be great because it costs a lot, but that is not reality.

You can make a movie for a billion dollars, doesn't mean it will be a masterpiece. This is why most people judge the "best looking games" as the "best games" because the huge part of the funding goes into art, which is the easiest, but most time consuming part of the game development.

ccgr2023d ago

Hope they're successful!

Aurenar2023d ago

THQ Nordic has massive potential.

Blu3_Berry2023d ago

I wish THQ Nordic the best of luck. Personally I love their games as they got a bit of quirkiness and doesn't follow most other trends in the gaming industry. Sure, they're not perfect by any means and their games don't scream AAA GOTY, but if anything their games has always been one thing for me personally, and that is fun. I'm excited for Darksiders 3 in the next few weeks as I have it pre-ordered to support them.

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Avowed Moved to Unreal Engine 5.3

With Support from The Coalition

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ThinkThink18h ago

That's great news. Hopefully the Coalition can smooth some of those edges from the last Avowed reveal.

phoenixwing16h ago(Edited 16h ago)

Well I'm annoyed. Especially at all the ppl who said the graphics sucked. It's your fault they probably shifted the game to unreal so it could look more fancy for you. I was ok with it and hoping to actually play it sometime soon. Now it's like 99% chance it's delayed.
Edit: effing graphics whores

Obscure_Observer7h ago

"Well I'm annoyed. Especially at all the ppl who said the graphics sucked. It's your fault they probably shifted the game to unreal so it could look more fancy for you."

What the hell are you talking about dude? Avowed was already in development using the UE5. The Coalition is just helping Obsidian in the transition to its latest version (5.3)

MrBaskerville6h ago(Edited 6h ago)

Probably not even that big of a difference. Coalition might only have helped because they got a deadline to meet.

Unreal isn't nearly as bad as Unity when you update a project. Though it obviously depends on the project. But unity generally gets an aneyurism if you threaten to update, where Ue is usually less stingy.