THQ Acquires Blue Tongue Ent.

Video game publisher THQ Inc. has acquired Blue Tongue Ent. Ltd., the Australia-based studio that recently developed its Polar Express game for PlayStation 2, Gamecube and PC.

“Consistent with THQ’s strategic objective of utilizing internal development to improve product quality and operating margins, we are pleased to tap into the growing base of development talent in Australia as we continue to build our internal development capabilities,” says Steve Dauterman, VP of product development for THQ Asia Pacific. “Through the acquisition of Blue Tongue, we will now have studio operations in both Brisbane and Melbourne, making THQ the premiere video game developer in the region.”

Established in 1995, Blue Tongue has grown to be one of the leading, cross-platform game development studios in Australia. The company is known internationally for its work on high-profile licensed titles such as Starship Troopers and Jurassic Park. The team is currently at work on two unnamed cross-platform releases for late 2005.

Earlier this year, THQ snatched up Vancouver-based PC development studio Relic Ent., maker of Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War. THQ also recently extended its partnership with Pixar Animation Studios and renewed its long-standing and lucrative master licensing agreement with Nickelodeon through 2010.