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THQ Nordic acquires the IP rights to Carmageddon

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THQ Nordic has been on a tear lately, gobbling up defunct video game properties like a fat kid left unattended in a candy store. 2018 has seen the publisher grab the rights to Alone in the Dark, TimeSplitters and Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning to name just a few, but the company is looking for something more vroomy in its future.

A game property that saw widespread condemnation upon its initial release in the 1990s, as distressed mothers pleaded for someone to please think of the children: Carmageddon. You might remember the racing game from its heyday, where players were more concerned with smashing their way through opponents and pedestrians in as bloody a manner as possible, often ignoring the actual racing and just having a blast with some wholesome vehicular homicide instead.

Good stuff, but underneath the hood there was a more than capable racing game purring away, with the rights to the IP now having being snatched up by THQ Nordic (Thanks AGD). Not the kind of publisher to sit idly on their properties either, last month’s mixed reception to Darksiders III proved that THQ Nordic is aiming to establish itself as a serious player in the industry. The thing is, Carmageddon already had a 2015 remaster of sorts with Carmageddon: Reincarnation, which was ported to consoles last year.

As Eurogamer noted however, THQ Nordic did acquire Bugbear Entertainment recently, a studio that was responsible for the destructive racing game Wreckfest. Pair that studio with a beloved IP, and you’ve got the perfect ingredients for a revival of a classic. Heck, if you want to play Carmageddon right now, you could actually go and risk your neck in Silly Season traffic, where it feels like everyone on the road is playing a real-life version of the cult classic game. I’m Carmageddon outta here yo.

Last Updated: December 4, 2018


  1. And the question will still arise: how can a game be made where one of the points to it is to kill innocent pedestrians with vehicular manslaughter. I loved the old game, so if they do release a new one, I’m there, but I can see a new game becoming an issue if they stick to the same formula.


    • Original Heretic

      December 4, 2018 at 14:00

      They were zombies in the original game, not innocent bystanders.
      I loved driving into the stadium and sliding into them.


      • Pariah

        December 4, 2018 at 14:25

        No. Zombies were added in Carmageddon 2000, because I think Germany didn’t allow the pedestrians to be slaughtered. I could be wrong on the specific country, but there was a huge outcry about it, actually. The first game had only actual people.


        • Original Heretic

          December 4, 2018 at 16:33

          But I didn’t play 2000. I had the original game, far as I can recall. And the blood was all green splatter.


          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            December 4, 2018 at 17:06

            Then you had a censored version. I had real people, red blood, and cows that made a fantastic moo! sound – and it was glorious.

          • Pariah

            December 4, 2018 at 17:32

            Splatter bonus!

  2. fleshtwister

    December 4, 2018 at 13:20

    Hopefully they do it justice. I love the original.
    I wish they would get the rights to Dungeon Keeper and revive that series as well..


    • Pariah

      December 4, 2018 at 14:25

      War for the Overworld. It’s basically Dungeon Keeper. Quirky humour and all.


      • BakedBagel

        December 6, 2018 at 11:50

        That was a surprising purchase.. really great game


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