Official artwork for the ELEX RPG

THQ Nordic has acquired an absolutely ridiculous amount of studios and IPs over the past two years. They own the rights to classic games like TimeSplitters, Kingdoms of Amalur and Carmageddon, they're actively working on the Darksiders and Titan Quest series, they own both Warhorse Studios and Deep Silver, and the list goes on for a while.

The latest in this series of acquisitions is Piranha Bytes, the developers behind the Gothic and Risen series, as well as the most recent ELEX. While the exact details behind the deal have not been announced, it would appear that THQ Nordic will continue their usual strategy of mostly leaving the developers alone and just focusing on the business and marketing side of things. 

While that last part is commonly said during acquisitions and then just as commonly discarded, so far THQ Nordic has proven themselves to be quite benevolent, while the games they've put out have mostly been pretty interesting. I can only hope this will continue in the future as well, because right now there is a massive gap in the market for mid-budget games designed with a specific niche in mind, especially when it comes to RPGs which are Piranha Bytes' specialty!

Once Piranha Bytes announces their next project I'll make sure to let you know, but until then you can read a little bit more about this acquisition by checking out the full announcement.