Nordic Games, who many should recognize from their acquisition of several THQ IPs such as Darksiders and Titan Quest, is back at it. Today they announced the acquisition of two classic Atari IPs, Silver and Desperados. While Nordic Games has yet to announce their intentions with th IPs, let alone plans, they've opened up a couple of forums for fans to come and make their voices heard.
The worry of course is that Nordic Games simply plans to sit on a majority of their newly acquired franchises. The attention brought to them and their website is almost better marketing than a marketing campaign and at the same time they're acquiring these IPs. IPs that are essentially priceless to certain fans. Nordic gets to say now, "Hey, buy our games or we can't make your game." As best we can tell Nordic has no plans for any of these games. They have a lot of hype, though.
- Desperados: Wanted Dead or Alive and Desperados 2: Cooper's Revenge were developed by Spellbound Software, which went into administration in 2012. Made in 2001 and 2006 respectively, the real-time tactics games were not particular well-received critically. Nevertheless they spawn an unofficial sequel, Desperados 3: Helldorado, in 2009 and now the future of the franchise is unclear.
- Silver is an ARPG from way back in 1999, developed by an Infogames studio now defunct after the great fall of Atari. It later came to the Dreamcast and was fairly well taken by both critics and players alike. Silver was the villain and he had kidnapped the wife of a young warrior named David. Naturally, David would end up click, click, clicking his way to victory in typical ARPG fashion.
Cheers to Nordic Games for the acquisition. Hopefully they've got some plans for both franchises, as they both deserve better attention than they've had for many long years.