THQ Nordic has acquired the indie game studio they were working with on a new RPG. Experiment 101 was co-founded in 2015 by Stefan Ljungqvist. The deal chiefly includes the studio and all intellectual property rights to Biomutant.
Remember Biomutant - a kung fu fable? In August, I told you about THQ and Experiment 101's action RPG that's in development for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC. Now, THQ has acquired Experiment 101 for 75.3 million Swedish Krona (£6.74 million).
Experiment 101 is an independent game development studio from Stockholm. It was co-founded in 2015 by Stefan Ljungqvist, a former studio art director and game director at Avalanche Studios. Ljungqvist was one of the key members on the team behind Mad Max and the Just Cause series.
The deal includes the development studio and all intellectual property rights to Biomutant. THQ Nordic was already attached to the project as a publisher, but the company said it couldn't ignore the "significant potential" shown by both the game and its development team.
"After the strong reception Biomutant received at its announcement at Gamescom 2017, we are excited to have been able to acquire Experiment 101 and Biomutant," explained THQ Nordic CEO, Lars Wingefors.
"Our aim is to build Biomutant into one of our major franchises. The recruitment of Stefan Ljungqvist and his talented team brings important new power to THQ Nordic.
"In addition to continue leading the Biomutant franchise, Stefan will advise on our strategy, future acquisitions and further game development projects."
Biomutant will let you change your characters' abilities and appearance with "powerful mutations, bionic prosthetics and weapons". You can grow claws, sprout wings, or attach a robotic leg. Every "mutation" will in turn have an effect on how your character behaves in the game.
Biomutant will launch sometime in 2018 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC.