THQ Nordic’s never-ending quest to acquire every video game IP that has ever existed continues into 2019, with the acquisition of Outcast. Last year, THQ Nordic also acquired IP rights to Carmageddon and Timepslitters, among other titles. For those unfamiliar with the title, Outcast is an action adventure game that originally released in 1999. The game follows Cutter Slade, a former U.S. Navy SEAL , who finds himself on the alien world of Adelpha. Since its original release there has been a remastered version released in 2014 titled Outcast 1.1 and a remake released in 2017 titled Outcast: Second Contact for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.
In the announcement of the acquisition of Outcast, THQ Nordic doesn’t explicitly state their plans for the series but does mention that there will be an “evaluation of sequels & new content.” Considering the deal was “finalized with the three original creators of the game”, this could potentially mean more for the IP. Whatever ends up happening with Outcast, it’s very likely that this is only the first of many acquisitions to come from THQ Nordic this year. There was an insane number of acquisitions from the company last year and they don’t seem to show any sign in slowing.
Despite all of these acquisitions however, it should be noted that not much has come from them outside of a few select outliers. While they have stated in the past that the first step in their plans is remastering the titles they have acquired, there hasn’t been any sign of that for many of those properties. It should also be noted that games such as Darksiders 3 have already gotten a significant amount of support though. Perhaps it’s too early to report on what they’re doing with the IP’s they’ve been building up, but it’ll certainly be interesting to see what they do with many of the properties they have been gathering over the years.