THQ Nordic announces the acquisition of German developer Piranha Bytes, saying
they've also snapped up three of the developer's intellectual properties,
, and ELEX
. They offer a FAQ on the topic, saying
this will result in no personnel changes, and they do not plan on moving the
company to Vienna. They also strongly hint that an ELEX sequel will come at some
point, while declining to comment on the possibilities of Gothic or Risen
remakes. Here's word:
THQ Nordic today announced that the acquisition of
the Piranha Bytes team and trademark and the intellectual property Gothic has
been finalised. Piranha Bytes' rights to Risen and ELEX were also acquired.
“Geography has made us neighbors. History has made us friends. Economics has
made us partners. And necessity has made us allies. Those whom nature hath so
joined together, let no man put asunder.” John F. Kennedy (1961)
Although statements like the following should not be done within the context of
a press release, we still do it:
All of us here at THQ Nordic welcome every single member of the Piranha Bytes
team to our family. We already had our fair share of laughter (well, every time
we meet in person), fun (conventions, Christmas- and Summer parties, or karaoke
singing), tears (when the wrong person hits the karaoke stage), and sweat
(Batman cosplay @Gamescom 2018 comes to mind) together, and from now on it is in
an officially joint capacity as well. The closing of the transaction is subject
to the approvals of the committees of Piranha Bytes.
The newly formed entity (Piranha Bytes GmbH, Essen, Germany) will host the
entire development team and is a 100% subsidiary of THQ Nordic GmbH, based in
Vienna, Austria. As in the past, the team will focus and concentrate on the
creation of outstanding and unique RPG gaming experiences, having full creative
freedom in doing so, whereas THQ Nordic GmbH will act as Piranha Bytes'
publisher, responsible for distribution, marketing and further support.
“There are situations in life where you think to yourself “This feels right.”
Well, this is exactly one of them. We have been working on some great and
exciting things over the past couple of years and we are extremely stoked about
what the future brings with the right partner and the right network of
companies”, says Björn Pankratz, Project Director and Game Designer of Piranha
Bytes. “After all, we want to continue to create great, memorable, and impactful
games with as much creative freedom as possible, and with THQ Nordic we know we
are now part of a family, which support us by all means in our efforts.”
Q: Will there be any changes in personnel at Piranha Bytes (PB)?
Q: Will PB change location and move to Vienna?
A: No, what happens in Ruhrpott, stays in Ruhrpott.
Q: What is the deal, why is there a new company being incorporated?
A: Technically speaking, Pluto 13 GmbH (the former company behind the Piranha
Bytes brand) sold the trademarks “Piranha Bytes” and “Gothic” as well as the
entire Gothic IP to THQ Nordic AB. The remaining rights of Risen and ELEX, which
were in other entities of the Piranha Bytes folks, were also acquired by THQ
Nordic AB. In the forefront of the closing of this deal, THQ Nordic GmbH set up
a new entity (initially named “THQ Nordic Reserve 1 GmbH”; in the next days
renamed to “Piranha Bytes GmbH”). This company is now stepping into the existing
employment and service agreements with all personnel and has also acquired the
existing office equipment (furniture, hardware, coffee machine).
Q: What about ELEX 2?
A: Semi-official comment: Have a guess.
Q: What does this mean for potential remakes of Gothic and/or Risen?
A: Nothing to say at this stage.