January 24, 2013
THQ is No More
Yesterday THQ’s assets were sold at auction after filing chapter 11 bankruptcy back in December. It really is sad to see this once great publisher, and publisher of some of my favorite titles, be forced to sell off their assets at auction. With this comes the loss of jobs, but also new starts for some, we here wish everyone involved the best of luck. THQ had some high quality creativity aboard, it’s a shame to see that go to waste. Kotaku has the information and the break down of what studios and franchises went where. One other piece of sad news to come from all of this, is as of this posting, no one has bid on Vigil Studios and the Darksider Franchise; this make me one sad panda. Here is the list of what assets are going where.
– Relic Entertainment : Sega
– THQ Montreal : Ubisoft
– Evolve (A title being developed by Turtle Rock Studios) : Take-Two Interactive
– Volition inc.: Koch Media (they own Deep Silver)
– Homefront : Crytek
– Metro : Koch Media
– South Park : Ubisoft
That leave the WWE franchise and Vigil Studios (Darksider series) unaccounted for. I really hope these two get picked up by someone that will give them a good home. Darksiders, despite being a mesh of gameplay tropes, is one of my favorite series this gen. The take on angels, demons, nephilim, heaven, hell, and the worlds in between just makes for awesome fiction; not to mention I really like the character designs. Though I haven’t played a WWE, WWF, or WCW game in since the GameCube era, they have always been exponentially more enjoyable than watching the show. Again, to everyone that this is the end for or getting a fresh start elsewhere we here wish you the best of luck in our ever changing industry.