If you like virtual two-wheel racing, chances are you’ll recognize the name Milestone S.r.l. The Italian studio has years of experience with motorcycle games, and they currently have partnerships with MotoGP, MXGP. and Monster Energy Supercross. However, they’ve been facing tough dirt-bike competition in the form of the MX vs. ATV series from THQ Nordic. And it’s ironic that I mention said competition, because the Swedish videogame holding company has purchased Milestone, thus acquiring the rights to series like MotoGP, Monster Energy Supercross, MXGP, and Ride. In theory, this could be a big help to Milestone since they didn’t quite have the budget that racing game giants like Codemasters have. It’s also an ironic acquisition since THQ Nordic used to have the MotoGP license themselves, so it feels like they’re delving into their past in some fashion. On a personal note, I feel like one of the biggest reasons for this purchase is that THQ Nordic has been concerned about the possibility of Milestone’s dirt-bike games wiping the floor with the MX vs. ATV series. Again, that’s just my personal opinion, and you’ll have to hear the real story from the horse’s mouth. Regardless of reasons, I’m curious to see how Milestone performs now that a giant publisher has acquired them and thus helped them out financially.