Sold! Now, who owns which THQ assets?

THQ has been torn to shreds and distributed all over the gaming sphere as its biggest assets were snapped up at action.

Ubisoft picked up a license plus two IPs and a studio, while Sega, Zenimax and Deep Sliver were all major players. Meanwhile, Crytek threw in some loose change for Homefront.

Here are the new owners of THQ's franchises.

Saints Row and Volition (studio)
Bought by Koch Media (Deep Silver) for US $22.3 million. Ubisoft were second, offering just $5.4 million.

South Park license
Bought by Ubisoft for US $3.3 million.

Company of Heroes and Relic (studio)
Bought by SEGA for US $26.6 million. Zenimax Media (Bethesda) was a close runner-up at $26.3 million.

Metro
Bought by Koch Media (Deep Silver) for US $5,877,551. Ubisoft was trailing them again, this time short by about $700,000.

THQ Montreal (studio), including 1666 and Underdog IPs
Bought by Ubisoft for US $2.5 million.

Evolve (new IP)
Bought by Take-Two Interactive (parent of 2K and Rockstar) for US $10.9 million

Homefront
Bought by Crytek for US $544,218.

Unsold and in limbo

  • Darksiders
  • Red Faction
  • Vigil Games (studio)
  • DeBlob
  • MX vs ATV
  • Destroy All Humans
  • uDraw
  • Nexuiz
  • Titan Quest
  • Frontlines
  • WWE (license, not IP, making it complicated) - IGN reports that Take-Two (2K) is likely to acquire the licence.
  • Warhammer 40K (license, not IP, making it complicated)

By Ben Salter

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M@ndyz
M@ndyz K:244342 24/01/2013
I prefer ubisoft then EA. so I'm happy with this
chucky110
chucky110 K:36038 24/01/2013
uDraw deserves to fail anyway, it was a waste of time. So we won't be seeing anymore THQ logos on games then.
Kayel
Kayel K:22517 24/01/2013
I don't know why, but I feel so sad for THQ. :(

All this listing is very interesting though. I never heard of Evolve, but it seems like Take Two (Rockstar and 2k) is very well interested in it.
Gryllis
Gryllis K:344428 24/01/2013
Of the unsold, it's really only Darksiders that's surprising.
rancid13
rancid13 K:968 24/01/2013
hahahahahaha uDraw!! hilarious that it's even on the list! probably the reason THQ died
Tsunamo
Tsunamo K:74425 24/01/2013
Sad that Virgil games is now no more.
MrMoo
MrMoo K:6026 24/01/2013
IGN are reporting that the WWE license has been sold to Take Two (2K & Rockstar Games' parent company

Edit: included link to IGN

au.ign.com/...
Marge
Marge K:24867 24/01/2013
I can muster about 20 dollars to buy De Blob ... might be enough [MOG]
Gryllis
Gryllis K:344428 24/01/2013

Marge said: I can muster about 20 dollars to buy De Blob ... might be enough



I'll chuck in $1.75
Kayel
Kayel K:22517 24/01/2013
Hmmm.. I'm not sure about Deep Silver owning the rights to Saints Row IP, since I have not played a lot of their games (are they any good?). I would have preferred Ubisoft bought the rights to the Saints Row franchise.
Heller
Heller K:186950 24/01/2013
Shattered that Vigil didn't sell. The lead combat designer posted this farewell note, where he talks about their latest project. It's really sad www.destructoid.com/...
JJake
JJake K:4996 24/01/2013
Very glad South Park is in Ubisoft's hands.
MyFragian
MyFragian K:14685 24/01/2013
I'm quite happy that Relic and the company of heroes franchise was saved :D
Aeschylus
Aeschylus K:4821 24/01/2013
WHAT ABOUT WARHAMMER!!!
Pact
Pact K:21927 24/01/2013
**** YOU SEGA, YOU **** COH UP I WILL **** YOU UP!

Aeschylus said: WHAT ABOUT WARHAMMER!!!



That IP is owned by Games Workshop.
Ezpay
Ezpay K:14973 24/01/2013
Volition make the Red Faction games, therefore shouldn't it be now now owned by Koch?
K4ZMA
K4ZMA K:392932 24/01/2013
I thought they axed Red Faction last year.
Tj866
Tj866 K:498 24/01/2013

M@ndyz said: I prefer ubisoft then EA. so I'm happy with this


you and me both, i was hoping Ubisoft woul get it, kinda hoped they would get saints row as well
Tj866
Tj866 K:498 24/01/2013

PS3K said: Hmmm.. I'm not sure about Deep Silver owning the rights to Saints Row IP, since I have not played a lot of their games (are they any good?). I would have preferred Ubisoft bought the rights to the Saints Row franchise.


en.wikipedia.org/... I would have liked Ubisoft aswell but, its not all bad
JJake
JJake K:4996 24/01/2013

Ezpay said: Volition make the Red Faction games, therefore shouldn't it be now now owned by Koch?



If they don't own the rights to the game they can't touch it.
Tano
Tano K:340036 24/01/2013

Marge said: I can muster about 20 dollars to buy De Blob ... might be enough



I'll swap it to you for a dimsim?
kangle4
kangle4 K:27535 24/01/2013
2K getting WWE could be cool with a proper be a pro mode.
Tano
Tano K:340036 24/01/2013

kangle4 said: 2K getting WWE could be cool with a proper be a pro mode.



They could really reinvigorate it. The WWE games are generally pretty good though.
SlappyWag
SlappyWag K:3850 24/01/2013

Beta said:

kangle4 said: 2K getting WWE could be cool with a proper be a pro mode.


They could really reinvigorate it. The WWE games are generally pretty good though.



I liked one of the first ones on PS2, the rest are the same. They just update the year on the cover :P
I skipped heaps and played the 2012 version. Sucked major ass IMO =D
kangle4
kangle4 K:27535 24/01/2013

SlappyWag said:

Beta said:

kangle4 said: 2K getting WWE could be cool with a proper be a pro mode.


They could really reinvigorate it. The WWE games are generally pretty good though.


I liked one of the first ones on PS2, the rest are the same. They just update the year on the cover
I skipped heaps and played the 2012 version. Sucked major ass IMO


I agree, the best experience I had with career mode was with Smackdown 2.
SlappyWag
SlappyWag K:3850 24/01/2013

kangle4 said:

SlappyWag said:

Beta said:

kangle4 said: 2K getting WWE could be cool with a proper be a pro mode.


They could really reinvigorate it. The WWE games are generally pretty good though.


I liked one of the first ones on PS2, the rest are the same. They just update the year on the cover
I skipped heaps and played the 2012 version. Sucked major ass IMO


I agree, the best experience I had with career mode was with Smackdown 2.



Man I loved that game. Best controls and playability I thought.
Kerosanak
Kerosanak K:90373 24/01/2013
Someone better buy Darksiders and finish the damn series or I swear to God [Shifty]
MX_Xizz0R
MX_Xizz0R K:3470 24/01/2013

Marge said: I can muster about 20 dollars to buy De Blob ... might be enough


If you buy DeBlob I'll buy destroy all humans.
punk
punk K:12527 24/01/2013

Ezpay said: Volition make the Red Faction games, therefore shouldn't it be now now owned by Koch?



That's what I was thinking. Surely this will move on with them. I love red faction!!!!!!

I'm surprised about darksiders. I'm pretty sure that was popular...

Warhammer 40k will bounce back since it was licensed but whether it'll continue in the same way with games like dawn of war - who knows.... Maybe they'll approach sega and get them to get relics to do another version. Sega could pull it off as I don't mind them as a publisher since relic entertainment isn't being broken up (yet)
The_Boss
The_Boss K:1922 25/01/2013
I enjoyed Frontlines on XB360 back in da dayz I like to see a sequel or reboot.
Marge
Marge K:24867 25/01/2013

MX_Xizz0R said:

Marge said: I can muster about 20 dollars to buy De Blob ... might be enough


If you buy DeBlob I'll buy destroy all humans.


We will destroy both franchises ... so best not to. Hopefully someone snaps them up or THQ utilises them in their relaunch.
-PAYZEE-
-PAYZEE- K:18584 25/01/2013
...This will be a big change for video games...
-PAYZEE-
-PAYZEE- K:18584 25/01/2013
...how would you actually go about buying unsold assets like the ones above one might wonder...
punk
punk K:12527 25/01/2013

Pact said: **** YOU SEGA, YOU **** COH UP I WILL **** YOU UP!

Aeschylus said: WHAT ABOUT WARHAMMER!!!


That IP is owned by Games Workshop.



Surely its not that bad with the devs moving over (relic entertainment)
Its better than sitting around hoping THQ get back on their feet all while Relic Devs move on.. Sega will be the publisher and will have to foot the bill (nothing different from what THQ did). Hopefully Sega keeps the standard up and has the marketing behind it when they do go ahead with another in the series (more likely now that its been sold off).

It seems platinum games have expressed interest with Darksiders, with producer Atsushi Inaba announcing it on twitter. In the meantime vigil employees are out of a job and remains to be seen if platinum games will pick up many of the devs if they go ahead with it... I've always liked Joe Madureira so its a shame to see vigil games go like this unless a publisher picks them up.

All in all, Platinum Games would probably do a decent job on Darksiders if they were to take over...
Gryllis
Gryllis K:344428 25/01/2013
Considering their current Nintendo links, Platinum Games to pick up Darksiders for cheap and make DS3 a Wii U exclusive?

Would it be a more appealing franchise if it was exclusive? At least for one game.
punk
punk K:12527 25/01/2013

Ben said: Considering their current Nintendo links, Platinum Games to pick up Darksiders for cheap and make DS3 a Wii U exclusive?
Would it be a more appealing franchise if it was exclusive? At least for one game.



It would be nice if Bayonetta 2 was out so we could gauge the reception, afaik there isn't even a scheduled release date so I wouldn't be expecting a new darksiders games from them anytime soon if they were to buy the IP unless they recruit vigil games staff.
Considering Darksiders multi-platform release, it would certainly piss off a few fans since they would certainly like to see the story arc finish since vigil announced there would be at least a 4-part series (playing each horsemen)
If it was moved in this direction I could certainly see Nintendo giving Platinum games a helping hand by publishing it or strike a deal for a timed release but what publisher would want to do that? They wouldn't go capcom or sega anytime soon... ubisoft? but then Ubisoft would have forked money for it already so that pretty much leaves Konami who have given platinum games the reigns on metal gear rising and Konami have been known to go exclusive on titles.

Regarding the wii U, I wonder if this would give Platinum games the chance to re-release darksiders 1 and 2 on the wii u platform? It would certainly give darksiders a fair chance as an exclusive if they continue the storyline.

If it could be had on the cheap it could very well be a possibility since it would lower the risks and give Nintendo a decent IP to push their hardware.
Jakerz
Jakerz K:1301 25/01/2013
Wow, Ubisoft come off as a bunch of cheap asses. I thought they had money to splurge?
Pact
Pact K:21927 25/01/2013

punk said:



I really hope so, after seeing the shit that SEGA Japan pulls I just hope Relic doesn't get ripped apart after COH2.
Euronomys1
Euronomys1 K:10 25/01/2013
Never would have guessed darksiders to be in limbo. :(
CptAwesome
CptAwesome K:3158 25/01/2013

SlappyWag said:

kangle4 said:

SlappyWag said:

Beta said:

kangle4 said: 2K getting WWE could be cool with a proper be a pro mode.


They could really reinvigorate it. The WWE games are generally pretty good though.


I liked one of the first ones on PS2, the rest are the same. They just update the year on the cover
I skipped heaps and played the 2012 version. Sucked major ass IMO


I agree, the best experience I had with career mode was with Smackdown 2.


Man I loved that game. Best controls and playability I thought.


personally my favourite wwF game of all time was wwf no mercy on n64... dont get me wrong the smackdown games were awesome and had awesome careers too, but i loved the freedom of no mercy, the double team moves, the branching career paths for each championship, etc.

i think no mercy and the old smackdown games were the best wrestling games ever created... ahh nostalgia :'(
MX_Xizz0R
MX_Xizz0R K:3470 27/01/2013

Marge said:

MX_Xizz0R said:

Marge said: I can muster about 20 dollars to buy De Blob ... might be enough


If you buy DeBlob I'll buy destroy all humans.


We will destroy both franchises ... so best not to. Hopefully someone snaps them up or THQ utilises them in their relaunch.


Oh please, like it would be hard to write a deBLOB game, im going to miss destroy all humans the most :'@

Now I feel a bit sad every time I boot up DOW and DOW2

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