In recent months, THQ Nordic has been snatching up a lot of games studios and IP, a spree that continues today with the company’s purchase of Warhorse Studios. Though Warhorse has been around since 2011, it’s just getting started in a lot of ways, as it only has one released game to its name. That game is Kingdom Come: Deliverance, which released last year to pretty solid success.
In its announcement today, THQ Nordic and Warhorse gave us a better idea of just how successful Kingdom Come was. The two companies announced that the game has sold two million copies since launch a year ago, which isn’t bad at all for Warhorse’s first game. Kingdom Come: Deliverance was originally funded through Kickstarter, and that crowdfunding approach to development likely had a lot to do with its success.
As GamesIndustry points out, this acquisition of Warhorse means that THQ Nordic now owns both the developer and publisher of Kingdom Come: Deliverance. The game was published by Deep Silver, itself a subsidiary of Koch Media, which was acquired by THQ Nordic last year. Other notable THQ Nordic acquisitions include the rights to the TimeSplitters series and the rights to Kingdoms of Amalur, including the ill-fated Amalur MMO that 38 Studios never managed to finish before closing up shop.
When everything is said and done, THQ Nordic will have paid €33.2 million to add Warhorse to its portfolio. At the moment, Warhorse’s plans for the future are unknown – the company has worked to refine Kingdom Come: Deliverance over the past year, and if there’s a new game in the works, Warhorse itself hasn’t said anything about it.
Given the success of Deliverance, it isn’t hard to imagine that a sequel is at least in the planning stages. Hopefully now that THQ Nordic is backing the company, development on what’s next can really get underway. We’ll keep an eye out for word of what Warhorse’s next game will be, so stay tuned.