THQ Acquires Rise of Nations Dev Big Huge Games

By Chris Faylor, Jan 15, 2008 8:41am PST Publisher THQ has announced its plans to acquire Big Huge Games, the developer behind the Xbox Live Arcade board game Catan (X360), the Rise of Nations PC RTS series, and The Asian Dynasties expansion for Ensemble's RTS Age of Empires III (PC).

The acquisition, which THQ hopes to complete soon, will cement Big Huge Games as a wholly-owned subsidiary of the company. The studio will remain at its present Timonium, Maryland location, and will also retain its management and employees.

Big Huge was already working closely with THQ for its upcoming RPG, which is being designed by The Elder Scrolls series veteran Ken Rolston and will arrive on PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and PC in 2009. It is also known to be working on a "quirky" Wii title.

"THQ provides an ideal environment to help us develop new, innovative games for both core gamers and mass market," said Big Huge president Tim Train. "We believe their passion for games, developer support, and understanding of the creative process is without parallel in the industry."

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  • Glorious!

    THQ is just a publisher, but the games they publish are top notch (publishers pushing their development companies to meet deadlines can be a huge issue) and BHG which has made some really fascinating if not amazing RTS's should be a great alliance. THQ and Relic pumped out Dawn of War and I've played that so much I put that on the same level as StarCraft, maybe even better after you knock the nostalgia down a notch.

    I hope to see another amazing RTS from BHG on the same level of what they did from Rise of Nations to Rise of Legends! Not just another v.2.5 of the original.