A year after launch, Kingdom Come: Deliverance has sold over 2 million copies.
THQ Nordic has bought yet another studio, this time it’s Kingdom Come: Deliverance’s Warhorse Studios.
Announced by THQ Nordic and THQ Nordic AB subsidiary Koch Media, THQ Nordic has acquired the Prague-based Warhorse Studios on the one-year anniversary of Kingdom Come: Deliverance’s release. Along with the acquisition, it was revealed that Kingdom Come: Deliverance sold over 2 million copies across PC, PS4 and Xbox One.
The acquisition includes the development studio and all intellectual property rights of Kingdom Come: Deliverance, which is Warhorse’s sole release since it was established in 2011. Koch Media and Warhorse already have an established relationship, as Koch Media’s game publishing division Deep Silver helped publish Kingdom Come: Deliverance.
According to GamesIndustry.biz, the studio was acquired in a €33.2 million ($37.4 million) cash deal.
“Becoming part of THQ Nordic family is an important milestone for our studio,” said Warhorse Studios CEO Martin Fryvaldsky. “We began as a small start-up with a handful of employees who were enthusiastic enough to join this challenging project. The skills of our team members, trust and support of our main investor and passion of our fans, who supported development of Kingdom Come: Deliverance through a Kickstarter campaign, helped us grow to an international level. We believe that backing by THQ Nordic and Koch Media will give us an extra push in our mission to bring exciting games to our customers and extend the frontiers of the gaming industry.”
“We are delighted to welcome the team from Warhorse Studios in the Family,” said Koch Media GmbH CEO Dr. Klemens Kundratitz. “The successful cooperation we developed during our journey with Kingdom Come: Deliverance linked both our companies already very closely and I am sure that our now even closer combined knowledge and experience will open up amazing new opportunities for both companies. Not only the 2 Million sold copies but also the motivation within the teams to create new ideas combined with the learnings from the past, are a rock solid foundation for future projects to build on.”
For more on Kingdom Come: Deliverance, check out how its player base on Steam dropped off shortly after a solid launch. In our review of Kingdom Come: Deliverance, we called the game “Great” saying it’s “an RPG that does the medieval era right with a refreshingly small-scale story and strong realistic combat.”
THQ Nordic has infamously been buying studios, publishers and properties left and right, including Koch Media around this time last year, the Alone in the Dark and Act of War IP, and Carmagedddon. Prior to this latest acquisition, it reportedly had 35 unannounced games in development.
Colin Stevens is a news writer for IGN. Follow him on Twitter.