This has been quite the year for THQ Nordic's acquisitions. So far, the publisher has bought up Deep Silver's parent company, Koch Media, Bugbear Entertainment, and Coffee Stain. With those companies under its belt, the expansion of THQ Nordic now controls, and seems to have plans for: The Saints Row franchise, the Metro series, Kingdoms of Amalur (a really interesting buy, to be sure), ReCore, Alone in the Dark, Wreckfest, and Goat Simulator just to name a few of their higher profile properties - which doesn't include all of the IP already under the company's belt. And with the acquisition of Carmageddon from Stainless Games THQ's expansion isn't slowing down anytime soon.
It's safe to assume that buying up all of these properties means that we can expect to see remasters and entirely new games in these franchises. With Carmageddon, though, this is likely the first move in making a brand new entry in the series. The last title, Carmageddon: Reincarnation, released back in 2015 and had a lackluster reception despite a successful crowdfunding campaign. All things considered, the franchise is primed for a comeback in another three years - conveniently the amount of time it would take to develop a reboot or sequel.
For those unfamiliar with Carmageddon, the franchise began in 1997 with a racing game that offered a number of different ways to win its races. Players could play traditionally, destroy all of the other racers on the course, or run over all of the pedestrians in the level. The violence inherent in the last option was used to comedic effect by the game, though it caused a great deal of controversy around the world. Various international versions of Carmageddon changed the pedestrians to zombies or robots while countries such as Brazil banned the game completely. Eventually it was released on PlayStation, Game Boy Advance, and Nintendo 64 - though the latter two featured heavily edited versions of the game to comply with Nintendo's family friendly policies which have since... *eyes Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus on Switch* relaxed.
Are you excited to see Carmageddon getting a second (or third) chance at success? It seems like a quirky racing title with an emphasis on destruction could do pretty well alongside the Forzas and Mario Karts rolling around these days.
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