THQ Nordic have acquired IP rights to the classic racing game Carmageddon from Stainless Games. This means that Carmageddon joins the list of games like Darksiders, Red Faction and Jagged Alliance, which have been resurrected by the studio.
THQ Nordic just can't stop buying development studios and IP rights in 2018, as the classic combat racing game Carmageddon becomes their latest signing.
Austrian publisher confirmed the acquisition on their website saying that intellectual property for Carmaggedon has been acquired from UK-based Stainless Games. THQ Nordic now owns more than 100 franchises and has seen a remarkable growth over the last year.
The company didn't share any details about any potential plans for the franchise as of yet. That being said, the recently acquired Bugbear Entertainment looks like they'd be perfect for the job, given their experience with the racing title Wreckfest.
Carmageddon was originally released back in 1997 and remains as one of the most controversial games ever made. The game incentivised players to run over pedestrians and animals for additional points.
In-game violence was a huge talking point of course and Carmageddon's developer Stainless Games ultimately resorted to replacing human and animal models with zombies.
The latest instalment in the series, Carmageddon: Reincarnation tried to bring the classic racing combat back but it received mixed reviews from critics and mostly negative reception from the fans. The latter were particularly unhappy due to performance issues and annoying bugs.
Carmageddon is THQ Nordic's sixth IP acquisition in 2018. The publisher previously bought rights for Alone in the Dark, Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning, Second Sight, TimeSplitters and Act of War.
These games join the huge list of already owned franchises such as Saints Row, Dead Island, Titan Quest and Darksiders. THQ Nordic also expanded their game development studios with the acquisition of Deep Silver and Coffee Stain teams.
The company surely has a lot of choices when it comes to future releases and we're eagerly awaiting more information on new projects.
You can find THQ Nordic's statement on their official website.