THQ Nordic celebrated its 10th anniversary with a streaming event that reserved new announcements, unveiling some of the more than forty games developed by the internal teams (except HandyGames, whose projects are not included in the tally). The giant founded in 2011 in Vienna has revealed eight new games currently in development in its numerous studios, confident of having as many as 28 projects in the works yet to be revealed.
During the 30-minute show, THQ Nordic unveiled titles for all tastes, from remastered editions to franchise sequels believed to have disappeared into thin air. Like Destroy All Humans! 2 Reprobed, some games leaked earlier than expected, but the show still offered some surprises.
Here are all the THQ Nordic projects unveiled during the event.
The remake of the original Destroy All Humans! 2 leaked ahead of schedule, but THQ Nordic was planning a full reveal on the occasion of its 10th anniversary. The developers call Destroy All Humans 2 Reprobed a complete remake that will rebuild the entire game from scratch, although the title will retain the original dub.
There is also a new technology under the hood, with a new engine that will manage the physics of destruction, so razing buildings in a space shuttle will be even more fun and dynamic. Developer Black Forest Games also announced that split-screen co-op mode would be available in the sequel’s remake.
The open-world action game that became a cult hit in 1999, Outcast, will soon be enriched with a sequel. The developer Appeal has announced the return of the space marine Cutter Slade, the protagonist of a new adventure for the first time in two decades.
Outcast was one of the first true open-world games of the modern era, and its sense of exploration was ahead of anything else released at the time. Outcast 2 will once again put players in a huge, fully explorable alien world, although compared to 1999, there are certainly far more open-world video games out there.
To help maintain the feel of the original, the Outcast 2 development team will be able to count on the help of ten members of the original team, with Outcast 2 coming soon exclusively to PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X, and PC.
Jagged Alliance 3
Jagged Alliance 3 is the first true sequel to the tactical RPG series since the second episode in 1999. Developed by the same team at Surviving Mars, Haemimont Games, the third installment attempts to modernize the turn-based tactical gameplay of the original with some new features.
Players will be able to build a team of mercenaries and use the environment to their advantage to fight and fight their way tactically through enemy-controlled areas, trying to save the world from destruction.
Expeditions Rome is a turn-based tactical role-playing game set in the ancient Roman Republic in the time of Julius Caesar. Players will play a young commander of the Roman legion who must accumulate victories on the battlefield to rise through the ranks and thus command the Roman armies against the barbarian hordes.
As in any self-respecting RPG, players will have to make choices in the course of the adventure that will influence the story’s unfolding. The developers are confident that every decision, even the smallest ones, will have a big impact on the story.
MX vs ATV Legends
Rainbow’s new chapter of the racing series was unveiled during the presentation event of THQ Nordic, showing some gameplay sequences of the off-road racing game that will allow players to compete in a series of extreme races, challenges, and side activities not strictly related to the racing world.
In the new game of the SuperPower series, you will have to work your way towards political success, becoming the head of state, and to make the right decisions to give your nation the right weight on the world chessboard.
As per tradition, players can lead any of the 193 nations recognized by the United Nations. The idea is to build your country in an attempt to achieve peace or world domination.
ELEX, in 2017, was an ambitious sci-fi RPG that hit the market probably just after the genre’s gold rush. This is why it experienced a somewhat complicated launch. An intriguing and compelling story was counterbalanced by a game structure that was a little too affected by bugs and not very balanced.
The idea for the sequel is to build on the good insights from the first game and hopefully solve some of the problems with its core mechanics. THQ Nordic only showed a cinematic trailer, so only time will tell how the gameplay will evolve, but in short, why not give ELEX a second chance? On the other hand, the plot had some really good ideas.
SpongeBob SquarePants: The Cosmic Shake
SpongeBob SquarePants: The Cosmic Shake is a brand new game for the world’s most loved underwater sponge. No gameplay footage was shown, but The Cosmic Shake trailer was a great moment nonetheless, accompanied by his famous Sweet Victory performance from The Bubble Bowl.