THQ Nordic Acquires Deep Silver Owner Koch Media In $150 Million Deal

THQ Nordic Acquires Deep Silver Owner Koch Media In $150 Million Deal

If you'll recall, Deep Silver purchased the Volition (and their Saints Row franchise), as well the publishing rights to the Metro series, from the THQ bankruptcy auction in 2013.

This 121 million Euro deal brings several projects in progress onto THQ Nordic's slate. In addition, Deep Silver will be responsible for publishing the upcoming Shenmue III for both PS4 and PC.

The acquisition was news to some Deep Silver employees, who learned as we did about the merger.

Koch Media has a long history of profitability despite losses incurred from some less successful game releases. In May 2017, Deep Silver told Eurogamer Dead Island 2 was still alive, despite no news emerging on the game in over a year. It's in the works at United Kingdom studio Sumo Digital. The two big AAA games Deep Silver published in the last couple of years were Homefront: The Revolution, and Agents of Mayhem. That includes Volition and Dambuster Studios, as well as mobile developer Fishlabs. Before that, Dambuster's troubled Homefront failed to set tills alight.

Koch Media GmbH and its subsidiaries will continue to operate as independent entities within the THQ Nordic group. The already announced Metro: Exodus and Shenmue 3 are due in 2018, and there are also unannounced AAA productions by Volition and Dambuster Studios now in the works.


"I strongly believe that THQ Nordic is a great strategic fit with Koch Media", Koch Media CEO, Dr. Klemens Kundratitz, adds.

Before it became THQ Nordic, Nordic Games bought the rights to a number of THQ IPs when the publisher went bust.

There's an interesting circle of life element to THQ Nordic's acquisition of Koch Media.

This move of course sees the likes of Saints Row and the Metro again attached to the THQ name, where it joins the likes of Biomutant, This Is the Police, and ELEX.

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