THQ Nordic Acquires Townsmen Publisher HandyGames
HandyGames, the German developer behind games like Guns’n’Glory and Townsmen has been acquired by THQ Nordic. As part of the acquisition, THQ has said that they will be keeping HandyGames’ management and employees on board and no changes to the company have been announced as a part of the acquisition.
HandyGames is best known for the city builder Townsmen, the tower defense series Guns’n’Glory, and casual simulation game Clouds & Sheep. Many of the company’s games are split into premium and free to play versions. The free to play versions contain ads and in app purchases while the premium versions are typically ad free but still contain IAPs.
The company frequently discounts or gives away the premium versions of their games. This sometimes leads to negative reviews as players expect premium games to not contain many (or any) in app purchases. It also leads to the company’s games often being featured in the on sale section of Google Play.
Formerly Nordic Games, THQ Nordic is a prolific video game publisher that has, over the years, acquired a large number of intellectual properties and development studios. That includes the acquisition of THQ and properties that include Darksiders and Red Faction as well as Deep Silver, the company behind the recently released Dead Island: Survivors.
THQ Nordic does not have much of a mobile catalog, with its most notable games being free to play adventure game Neighbors from Hell and DotEmu’s mobile port of Titan Quest.