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Old 01-22-2013, 04:03 PM   #1
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Time's up for THQ. After two years of battling against the tide, the company has declared itself bankrupt and its assets have been stripped off for sale.

The beleaguered publisher initially hoped to decide how it would go into that good night, and it agreed to sell all its business to investment firm Clearlake.
But luck hasn't been with THQ at its darkest hour. A bankruptcy judge ruled that Clearlake was allowed to buy the publisher for an agreed $60 million - but not before the rest of the world has a chance to bid on the company's assets too.

So the games industry has, behind closed doors, been putting cash down on individual THQ assets. Warner Bros, EA, Ubisoft and even Double Fine are among the numerous companies that have shown an interest.

Time's up. The bidding deadline - 9am Eastern Time on January 22 - has just passed. Later today, at 3pm ET, all THQ's assets will be put on the table, the highest bidder will be declared and a second auction will take place to see if any more can be made out of them.

The outcome will formally be announced tomorrow, though some news could leak out later today. The deal is highly complex because each individual asset sale must be added together and the total must be greater than the $60 million Clearlake is offering. If it isn't, then Clearlake cleans up for the agreed sum. But if Clearlake is outbid, then all individual assets go to their highest bidder. However, Clearlake then has a chance to increase its bid - by which point the whole bidding process will become even highly complex, calculated and competitive.

http://www.computerandvideogames.com...VG-General-RSS

It'll be interesting to see what comes of all this, hopefully the studios under THQ come out of this ok.

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Old 01-22-2013, 05:45 PM   #2
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Ubisoft will probably acquire the studios that make Red Faction and Homefront, maybe also WarHammer.
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Old 01-22-2013, 07:26 PM   #3
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Ubisoft will probably acquire the studios that make Red Faction and Homefront, maybe also WarHammer.

THQ partnered with Crytek to make Homefront 2, they don't own any part of Crytek itself though, and the original studio behind the first game got shut down. The Warhammer games were made by Relic, however they only have a license to make Warhammer games, the IP itself belongs to Games Workshop. The whole deal is pretty complicated, I imagine it'll take a while to sort everything out.
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Old 01-23-2013, 02:14 PM   #4
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THQ partnered with Crytek to make Homefront 2, they don't own any part of Crytek itself though, and the original studio behind the first game got shut down. The Warhammer games were made by Relic, however they only have a license to make Warhammer games, the IP itself belongs to Games Workshop. The whole deal is pretty complicated, I imagine it'll take a while to sort everything out.



youre right that is pretty complicated. A lot of companies going under these days
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Old 01-23-2013, 05:06 PM   #5
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THQ were one of my faves... Sad to see...
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Old 01-23-2013, 05:49 PM   #6
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Looks like it's all a done deal now.

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THQ is no more.

The publisher, which found itself on the wrong end of a bankruptcy-induced auction yesterday, will dissolve as soon as its bankruptcy hearing and subsequent sales transitions are completed. Confirmation of this news comes in the form of a letter sent to THQ employees today, which was obtained by Kotaku. According to the letter:

Ubisoft has purchased the rights to THQ's Montreal Studio, and South Park: The Stick of Truth. There is no immediate word on how this purchase will be affected by South Park Studios' lawsuit to prevent their property from being included in this sale. Also of note is the fact that Patrice Desilets, the former Assassin's Creed creative director who left Ubisoft to pursue new opportunities at THQ, is now back with his former publisher for at least the moment.
Koch Media, the parent company of Dead Island publisher Deep Silver, has purchased Volition Inc. and the Saints Row brand, as well as the Metro franchise.
Sega will be taking control of Company of Heroes developer Relic Entertainment.
Crytek has purchased the rights to the Homefront franchise for some reason.
Take-Two Interactive takes over Turtle Rock Studios' Evolve.
That leaves a few properties and studios unaccounted for, most notably Darksiders developers Vigil Games, as well as the company's long-held WWE license. The letter outlines that THQ will be making every effort to find buyers for the remaining properties. However, outside of a skeleton crew remaining to help with the transition, THQ's primary staff is apparently being laid off.

We'll update this story as more information becomes available.

Update: DDInvesting, who has been covering the THQ hearings with great regularity, has posted the prices apparently paid for the individual properties. They are as follows:

$500k Homefront (Crytek)
$26M for Relic (Sega)
$2.5M for THQ Montreal (Ubisoft)
$3.2M for South Park (Ubisoft)
$11M for Evolve (Take-Two)
$22.3M for Volition (Koch Media)
$5.8M for Metro (Koch Media)

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Old 01-23-2013, 09:42 PM   #7
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While I didn't like Darksiders, I'm surprised they were not picked up. I think it's hilarious that THQ Montreal is going to Ubisoft after the dude bailed on Ubisoft to form THQ Montreal. That should be a real awkward 1st meeting.

Company of Heroes going to Sega is interesting. They handled publishing Shogun 2 which I've put well over 60 hours into and loved. I wonder if they can help make the game more popular.

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Old 01-23-2013, 10:27 PM   #8
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Koch doing Saints Row.

I expect the soundtracks to be full of Jim Jones tracks.
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Old 01-24-2013, 07:54 AM   #9
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While I didn't like Darksiders, I'm surprised they were not picked up.
Platinum wants to buy Darksiders.

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Old 01-28-2013, 08:36 PM   #10
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Crytek picked up the ex-Vigil staff to start another new studio in Austin.

http://www.giantbomb.com/news/crytek...n-studio/4533/

Crytek has kind of an interesting history. I don't know how they manage to support so many studios, but they seem to have done pretty well for themselves so far.

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Old 01-29-2013, 03:27 PM   #11
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While I didn't like Darksiders, I'm surprised they were not picked up.

Eh it makes sense really.

It's a pure value proposition. All of the studios auctioned off currently have a game on the books that is partially finished. If you buy THQ Montreal and a 90% complete South Park game, you are paying for the work that has already gone into that game.


Vigil games only just released Darksiders 2, and with the new systems coming up they were probably only in very early development on a next generation game. So there is no value there besides the "Brand". And in this case the brand is a commercially unsuccessful game with no big following or hype and a studio operating at a loss.
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Old 01-31-2013, 04:22 PM   #12
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Surprisingly enough, the Darksiders still haven't been bought.
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Old 04-23-2013, 12:54 PM   #13
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Gearbox ended up getting the rights to the Homeworld franchise. Not sure how to feel about that. At least now there's a possibility of a new game I guess, I just hope they do the series justice.

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Gearbox Software, the development studio behind the Borderlands series, has taken control of the Homeworld franchise. The news comes in a statement from the company, where it states that Gearbox placed the highest bid in the latest auction featuring now defunct publisher THQ's former intellectual properties.

The high bid gives Gearbox control of both of the previous games in the Homeworld franchise, as well as full rights to make new games in the series. All of this is provided the court approves the sale next month, when it is scheduled to review all the high bids.

The Homeworld games were space-faring real-time strategy games developed by Relic Entertainment, which was itself bought by Sega in the first round of THQ property auctions. According to the statement, Gearbox's first priority with the series is "to preserve and assemble the purest form of the original acclaimed and beloved games, Homeworld and Homeworld 2, with the intent of making them accessible on today's leading digital platforms."

As for new entries in the series, the statement goes on to suggest that fans take to Gearbox's forums to suggest what they'd like to see, as well as to "please try to get our attention if you have capability and interest to join the effort in developing or enabling Homeworld's future."
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Old 04-23-2013, 01:30 PM   #14
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Gearbox ended up getting the rights to the Homeworld franchise. Not sure how to feel about that. At least now there's a possibility of a new game I guess, I just hope they do the series justice.


http://www.giantbomb.com/articles/ge...d-m/1100-4625/

I dont play a lot of these kinds of games but what I do know about Gearbox is HL2 is one of my favourite games of all time. Isn't Homeworld a strategy game though? never played it
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Old 04-23-2013, 01:39 PM   #15
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I dont play a lot of these kinds of games but what I do know about Gearbox is HL2 is one of my favourite games of all time. Isn't Homeworld a strategy game though? never played it

Are you referring to Half-life 2? Valve is the one behind the Half-life series, Gearbox just did the expansions for the first game, opposing force and blue shift.

And yes, Homeworld is a strategy game. Gearbox has worked primarily on FPS games, so it's an odd fit.
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