Earlier this morning, Nordic Games announced that they've acquired DreamCatcher Games, the publisher who you'll recall helped to bring the Gothic, SpellForce, Dungeon Lords, Loki, Dawnspire, and NeverEnd titles to North America.Â Since Nordic Games also acquired JoWooD, that means they're in possession of a whole lot of role-playing IP:
Nordic Games Holding AB Group acquires Dreamcatcher
The label DreamCatcher to be relaunched under the Nordic Games GmbH brand
Vienna, Austria, 17th November 2011: Nordic Games GmbH, part of the Nordic Games Holding AB group, announces the acquisition of the entire product- and brand-portfolio of DreamCatcher, including, but not limited to Painkiller, Safecracker, and more than 50 other intellectual properties (IPs) and licenses.
Aside from â€œJoWooDâ€ and â€œThe Adventure Companyâ€, â€œDreamCatcherâ€ will become the third publishing label within Nordic Games GmbH, with the plan to re-launch the extensive back catalogue of games and further expand on the wholly owned IPs and licences.
Basic business operations will be handled from Vienna, Austria, whereas Nordic Games is currently in negotiations with North American companies regarding the distribution and marketing of products.
â€œWe are very happy that we were able to close the deal according to our internal schedule. After the incorporation of the â€œJoWooDâ€ and â€œThe Adventure Companyâ€ publishing label, â€œDreamCatcherâ€ is the third and last to follow for the time beingâ€, commented Nordic Games Holding AB CEO, Lars Wingefors. â€œOur approach is to assess the performance of DreamCatcherâ€™s portfolio through back-catalogue sales, and as a consequence develop sequels to its bestselling brands and licenses, just as we did with our other two publishing labelsâ€, elaborates Wingefors.
Since their first launch back in 1996, DreamCatcher Interactive quietly turned into a very successful small-sized publishers in the industry. Based in Ontario, Canada, the company started as a publisher with a portfolio exclusively for PC adventure games. Over the next 10 years, DreamCatcher experienced rapid growth and became a major publisher as well as distributor. The company diversified into new platforms and genres and, in 2002, established the publishing label The Adventure Company to handle their adventure titles and strengthen its core competence. In March 2007, both DreamCatcher and The Adventure Company became part of the JoWooD Group as publishing labels. Following JoWooDâ€™s insolvency in early 2011, DreamCatcher experienced a similar development and filed for bankruptcy shortly after its former parent company.
I happen to know that a console version of Dungeon Lords was being worked on not too long ago, too (shhh, that's in addition to Orb and the Oracle), so perhaps this acquisition will allow D.W. Bradley's franchise to finally resurface again.