Kingdom Come: Deliverance


#901

Warhorse got bought by THQ Nordic.

THQ Nordic AB’s indirectly wholly owned subsidiary Koch Media GmbH has today entered into an agreement to acquire Prague-based Warhorse Studios s.r.o, a leading game developer behind award-winning Kingdom Come: Deliverance. The purchase price amounts to EUR 33.2 million on a cash and debt free basis. Warhorses’ net sales in 2018 amounted to approximately EUR 42 million, with an adjusted EBIT of approximately EUR 28 million.


#902

Where is THQ Nordic getting all this money for buyouts from?


#903

Lars Wingefors, the CEO, is a very, very wealthy man.


#904

That sucks, I hoped Warhorse would remain independent and build a czech equivalent of CDP over time.

But I guess their investor who owned 70% of Warhorse wanted to get a quicker return on his investment.

Could be worse, I like THQ Nordic, the stupidity with Metro exclusivity notwidthstanding…


#905

Yeah, they seem to give their developers creative freedom. They’ll probably let Warhorse do their own thing, so even if a Kingdom Come sequels launches on the Epic launcher at least it’ll be the game the studio wanted to make.


#906

Oh, that’s the reason. I didn’t know they were owned by a private investor. I was wondering why sell the company if they had funds for a sequel, even if they are notably more ambitious.


#907

Yeah they spent 2 years trying to get money to start the studio and in the end when Dan was almost out of his savings, through sheer luck got a contact for Zdeněk Bakala who gave them the money to start (and when after creating a prototype, no publisher picked it up, he and kickstarter backers provided the full funding). So he got 70% there.


#908

I’ve played around 25 hours, maybe a bit less with idling and I’m having trouble wanting to get back into it. 84% of owners at least completed the first quest, but only 12% completed the main story - so I guess I’m not alone. I’m usually all over story heavy RPGs.

The setting is good and I probably enjoyed 70% of what I played, but some is just too tedious. It’s a game I want to like, and the outdoors is lovely. Sometimes the enemy AI is a little wonky too - like archers who get confused whether they should hold there ground or get some distance. They sure don’t have CDProjectRed level writing either.