Since the crumble of THQ, the developers and publishers of games such as the Saints Row series, Darksiders, Company of Heroes and the WWE series, we have received news following the auction which took place on January 22, 2013 that various THQ intellectual property rights has finally ended. Moving forward with some of THQ’s popular series and futures games will now lie in the hands of with some of the industry’s biggest publishers.
We take a look at what sales were made during the auction;
- Relic (developer of Company of Heroes) sold to SEGA for $26.6 million
- THQ Montreal (developer of unannounced title) sold to Ubisoft for $2.5 million
- Evolve sold to Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. for $10.894 million
- Volition (developer of Saints Row) sold to Koch Media for $22.3 million
- Homefront sold to Crytek for $544,218
- Metro sold to Koch Media for $5.87 million
- South Park sold to Ubisoft for $3.26 million
While THQ intended to sell the entire company, its creditors and bankruptcy judge rejected the plan leaving us faced with the question of where Darksiders, MX vs. ATV, and other THQ properties not sold at the auction will be going. In a posting on Twitter, Platinum Games’ CEO Atsushi Inaba expressed his interest in acquiring the Darksiders franchise from THQ.
Although we have more clarity on what, who and where… The future is still not clear on what will happen to a host of sequels and titles currently still in development in their new publishing homes.