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Nordic Games (company)

Nordic Games
Industry Computer and video game industry
Predecessor JoWooD Entertainment
DreamCatcher Interactive
Founded 1993
Founder Lars Wingefors
Headquarters Karlstad, Sweden
Products Arcania series
Darksiders series
Painkiller series
SpellForce series
The Guild series
Subsidiaries Nordic Games GmbH
Nordic Games NA Inc.
Quantic Lab
Game Stores Scandinavia AB
Game Outlet Europe AB
Grimlore Games
The Adventure Company
Website Nordic Games

Nordic Games Group AB is a Swedish computer game publisher and retail company based in Karlstad, Sweden. Its core portfolio comprises products and brands which were acquired from JoWooD Entertainment and DreamCatcher Interactive in 2011 and from THQ in 2014.


  • History 1
  • Upcoming games by Nordic Games 2
  • Key Franchises/IPs 3
  • Release History 4
  • See also 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7


At the beginning of the 1990s, Lars Wingefors founded a company named LW Comics to sell and trade secondhand comic books. In 1993 the focus of that company shifted to video games, again starting as a mail-order retailer for secondhand software and cartridges, finally becoming Nordic Games. Over the years the company added new goods to its portfolio and established several stores over the Finnish and Scandinavian area.[1] In 2000 British retailer (later renamed to Game) acquired Nordic Games for £5.96 million.[2] After the dot-com bubble Wingefors re-acquired the Nordic retail division from financially troubled Gameplay for 1 Swedish Krona or 7 pence.[3] In 2004, the company started with a new outlet store concept. In 2008, Nordic Games entered game development by creating its own publishing branch Nordic Games Publishing in order to create products for its outlet stores. Some minor success was the singing game series We Sing for the Wii console.[1]

On August 16, 2011 Nordic Games Holding announced that it had acquired assets from JoWooD, its products and brands, including The Adventure Company.[4] Following the acquisition it was announced that JoWooD and The Adventure Company will become publishing labels for Nordic Games GmbH, a wholly owned subsidiary of Nordic Games Holding.[5] Today, Nordic Games Austria is handling most of Nordic Games' releases, licensing deals are handled by the Swedish Nordic Games Licensing AB.

In February 2012, Nordic Games took over the boxed release of Alan Wake from Remedy Entertainment for PC.[6] In May 2012, Nordic Games acquired 55 shops and the online store for Sweden and Norway from Game.[7]

In April 2013, Nordic Games acquired the remaining properties still owned by the bankrupt American video game publisher THQ as part of the company's liquidation, including the Darksiders, Red Faction, and MX vs. ATV franchises. Nordic plans to find new distribution channels for some of its newly acquired properties, and has considered the third-party development of new installments.[8] On June 12, 2014, it was also announced that Nordic Games had acquired the THQ trademarks, allowing the company to use the THQ brand as an imprint on future games.[9] In November, it also acquired the rights to the THQ series de Blob.[10]

From Atari, SA, Nordic Games bought the rights to the Desperados series and Silver in June 2013.[11][12] In April 2014 it took over the rights to the adventure series The Black Mirror from bankrupt German publisher dtp entertainment.[13] It was followed by the acquisition of dtp's licenses for The Moment of Silence, The Mystery of the Druids and Curse of the Ghost Ship, originally created by German developer House of Tales, as well as the commercial rights for the trademarks Overclocked: A History of Violence and 15 Days.[14][15]

In July 2015, Nordic Games GmbH and Piranha Bytes announced a collaboration to produce a new open-world action Sci-Fi RPG called ELEX.[16] Later that year in August, Nordic Games announced their acquisition of Jagged Alliance and other franchises from bitComposer.[17]

Upcoming games by Nordic Games

Title Release Platform Notes
AquaNox: Deep Descent Q4 2015 Windows [18]
Darksiders 2: Deathinitive Edition 2015 PlayStation 4, Xbox One [19]
ELEX 2016/2017 Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One Developed by Piranha Bytes[20]
SpellForce 3 TBA Windows, Linux [21] Developed by Grimlore Games[22]
The Guild 3 TBA Windows

Key Franchises/IPs

Title Latest Release Genre Origin
Aquanox 2002 Action Acquired from JoWooD Entertainment
The Guild 2010 Life simulation/RTS Acquired from JoWooD Entertainment
Legend of Kay 2010 Action-adventure Acquired from JoWooD Entertainment
ArcaniA 2011 Action RPG Acquired from JoWooD Entertainment
SpellForce 2014 RTS/RPG Acquired from JoWooD Entertainment
Yoga Wii 2009 Fitness game Acquired from JoWooD Entertainment
Panzer Elite 2007 Simulation Acquired from JoWooD Entertainment
Painkiller 2013 Shooter Acquired from DreamCatcher Interactive
Safecracker 2010 Adventure (point and click) Acquired from DreamCatcher Interactive
Titan Quest 2007 Action role-playing (hack and slash) Acquired from THQ
Darksiders 2012 Action-adventure, hack and slash Acquired from THQ
Red Faction 2011 Shooter Acquired from THQ
MX vs. ATV 2014 Racing Acquired from THQ
Frontlines: Fuel of War 2008 Shooter Acquired from THQ
Juiced 2007 Racing Acquired from THQ
Stuntman 2007 Racing/Action Acquired from THQ
Destroy All Humans! 2008 Action-adventure Acquired from THQ
Deadly Creatures 2009 Action Acquired from THQ
Full Spectrum Warrior 2006 Action Acquired from THQ
The Outfit 2006 Action Acquired from THQ
Summoner 2002 Role-playing Acquired from THQ
De Blob 2011 Platform/Puzzle Acquired from THQ
Silver 2000 Action role-playing (hack and slash) Acquired from Atari[23]
Desperados 2005 Real-time tactics Acquired from Atari[23]
Men of Valor 2004 First-person shooter Acquired from 2015, Inc.
Nexus: The Jupiter Incident 2005 Space combat simulator, Real-time tactics Acquired from HD Interactive

Release History

Title Release Genre Platforms Note
A Vampire Tale 2012 Point-and-click adventure Windows
Alan Wake 2012 Action-adventure Windows Boxed version publishing
Alan Wake's American Nightmare 2012 Action-adventure Windows Boxed version publishing
Arcania: Fall of Setarrif 2011 Action RPG Windows Finished game acquired from JoWooD Entertainment
Arcania: The Complete Tale 2013 Action RPG Xbox 360, PS3
Deadfall Adventures 2013 Action Windows, Linux, Xbox 360, PS3
Dungeon Lords MMXII 2012 RPG Windows Reworked version of Dungeon Lords
Legend of Kay Anniversary Edition 2015 Windows, Wii U, Mac [24]
MX vs. ATV Supercross 2014 Racing Windows, Mac, Linux, Xbox 360, Playstation 3 [25]
Painkiller: Recurring Evil 2012 Action Windows Small add-on for digital distribution
Painkiller: Hell & Damnation 2012 (PC)
2013 (X360, PS3)
Action Windows, Linux, Mac, Xbox 360, PS3
The Raven 2013 Point-and-click adventure Windows, Mac, Linux, Xbox 360
Rochard 2012 Platformer Windows, Mac, Linux Boxed version
Shadowrun Chronicles: Boston Lockdown 2015 Windows Release of the boxed version for the game.[26]
SpellForce 2: Demons of the Past 2014 RTS / RPG Windows Expansion pack
SpellForce 2: Faith in Destiny 2012 RTS / RPG Windows Development completed after acquired from JoWooD Entertainment
The Book of Unwritten Tales 2012 Adventure Windows, Mac, Linux Steam release
The Book of Unwritten Tales: The Critter Chronicles 2012 Adventure Windows, Mac, Linux Steam release
The Book of Unwritten Tales 2 2015 Adventure Windows, Mac, Linux Sequel to The Book of Unwritten Tales
The Vanishing of Ethan Carter[27] 2014 Adventure Windows, PS4 PlayStation 4 release in 2015

See also


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External links

  • Official website
  • Nordic Games profile on MobyGames
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