Licensed IPs have a tendency to take one in every of two kinds. They’re both free-to-play titles aimed toward cellular markets, or they’re massive price range AAA video games like Marvel’s Spider Man. There are a few studios bucking that pattern, although. One of them is THQ Nordic, who’re aiming at smaller price range AA titles. According to GamesIndustry.biz, they’re now doubling down on their licensed IPs thanks to the success of final yr’s SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle for Bikini Bottom – Rehydrated.
THQ Nordic’s CEO Klemens Kreuzer known as the sport a “fantastic success” for them. It offered over a million copies and he believes it may attain two million models sooner or later. The result’s developer Purple Lamp is now a studio owned totally by THQ Nordic. They have been a part of 13 companies acquired by parent company Embracer Group again in November as a result of they did “the perfect job” with SpongeBob. The studio is at present working on The Guild 3, in addition to two unannounced licensed video games.
Since SpongeBob did so effectively, Kreuzer now believes “there’s a market for those kind of games. The community was so full of joy”. He continued:
I feel the 3D action-adventure platformer style has an infinite life. It might not have been the main target for the previous few years, however they’re a number of the most pleasurable video games you may have simply sitting at dwelling on your sofa, taking part in for 20 minutes or two hours. It’s prompt entry, and it’s enjoyable. That’s what gaming is about, entertaining folks.
The future now has each remakes and sequels primarily based on licenses on the horizon. Right now there are 61 video games in growth between the THQ Nordic studios, protecting licensed IPs, already established IPs, and authentic titles. Of these video games, solely 21 have been introduced. We received’t see a few of them till summer season 2024, so there’s loads of time for issues to change.
One of the unique IPs we’re due to see shortly is Biomutant. The recreation is due to be launched earlier than April 2021 after numerous delays and a lot of radio silence. Despite this, Kreuzer describes the sport as “a release of great importance”. We’ll nonetheless be right here ready when that point does lastly arrive.