We know that THQ Nordic has a large number of games in development. The company recently acquired the rights of several franchises. Everything indicates that they have great plans and their new achievement confirms it. They announced the formation of THQ Nordic Japan, a new subsidiary that will expand the company’s general reach in the Asian country.
THQ Japan will be responsible for distribution, marketing and public relations related to THQ Nordic and HandyGames for the Japanese market. THQ Japan will be the company’s 2nd subsidiary for the international distribution of games. The offices will be in charge of Yuji Kato, who with more than 20 years in the industry will be the general director of the new subsidiary.
Klemens Kreuzer, their executive manager, made the following statement.
In our opinion, the only real way to truly embrace (pun intended) the Japanese market is to run it with a team of Japanese professionals, which was our approach for the new Japanese subsidiary. A warm, heartfelt welcome to the entire team based in Tokyo, Japan. Good things come to those who wait and we took our time to realize it with the best setup possible.
Kato, now director of THQ Japan, made the following statement.
At this point, I would like to quote Persona 3: ‘Two in Harmony Surpasses One in Perfection.’ Our team is prepared, honored and absolutely ready to kickstart THQ Nordic’s operations on the Japanese market. We are honored that we were given this opportunity and can not wait to bring THQ Nordic content to our Japanese audience.
The new team is made up of people who have worked for more than a decade in the industry. Junko Kato will be the manager of THQ Nordic Japan, while Hiroshi Ogawa will be in charge of project management. THQ Nordic currently has more than 80 games in development and the vast majority of them have not been revealed.
In other news, THQ Nordic has a large number of studios in its hands and apparently will not stop acquiring new companies. For example, is the recent purchase of Gunfire Games, which as of today is already part of the ranks of THQ Nordic. This acquisition is quite important, because Gunfire Games is in charge of the Darksiders franchise.
Both studios have worked together for several years in the distribution of various deliveries of this saga, such as Darksiders II: Deathinitive Edition. With this movement, THQ Nordic adds to its portfolio of titles all intellectual property of Gunfire Games. Also, the 63 members of the studio will now work directly for them.
Lars Wingefors, executive manager of the THQ Nordic, made the following statement.
With the acquisition of Gunfire Games we are reinforcing the presence of THQ Nordic in the United States and we are adding an experienced and talented development team.
THQ Nordic recently highlighted the great success of Darksiders as a franchise, especially since the third installment of the series has already recovered its development costs. So it seems that it was a matter of time before the company decided to buy Gunfire Games.