Here’s Who’s Bidding Upon THQ’s Studios And Properties

By Ishaan . January 23, 2013 . 12:30pm

This week, an auction was held to sell off THQ’s I.P. to various bidders, and we now know how it panned out, according to a report at Kotaku, who have managed to get ahold of a letter that THQ sent out to their employees.


THQ’s assets and I.P. have been bid upon by the following companies:

  • Sega agreed to purchase Relic [Entertainment]
  • Koch Media agreed to purchase Volition [Inc.] and Metro
  • Crytek agreed to purchase Homefront
  • Take 2 agreed purchase Evolve and
  • Ubisoft agreed to purchase [THQ] Montreal and South Park


Other assets, such as Darksiders developer, Vigil Games, along with other I.P. and assets relating to THQ’s publishing business, were not included in the sale agreements. “We will make every effort to find appropriate buyers, if possible,” the company-wide letter says, with regard to these assets.


The full letter, signed by THQ CEO Brian Farrel and THQ president Jason Rubin, can be found at the Kotaku link above.


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  • Cameron Ward

    yay South Park will just have a slight delay. horray!

  • XYZ_JolteonZ980

    Only THQ game I had was Darksiders and that was gotten super cheap from a Black Friday deal. If they actually had compelling franchises like EA, then I dont think theyd be in such a situation, I mean, nothing THQ made was really defining or gave us an image of “this is THQ”.

    Homefront appeared to be purchased so cheaply. Perhaps they just got the people working on it to implement whatever it did into future Crysis games while not continuing the actual franchise itself.

    • Solomon_Kano

      What? The people working on Homefront (the next game, anyway) are the people who bought it. They won’t be incorporating it into Crysis, because they’ll be putting out Homefront 2. Why else would they buy the IP?

  • I’m seeing your twitter, Ishaan….I can’t fucking believe it either. Who the hell will take Darksiders then?!

    • It sounds like no one wants them. ;_;

      • Argh. There’s still a few left. Only publisher I can think of is Namco Bandai. They must know, even if I have to tell them myself!

      • Lexaus_the_Alchemist

        But who can really do justice with that IP? My best guesses are Sega, Namco, possibly Sony, possibly Microsoft, possibly Blizzard, or possibly Ubisoft.

        • This is the problem, I think. Publishers are interested in:

          a) Genres that will reach new audiences
          b) Games that fit into genres they’re known for
          c) Both

          I guess Darksiders was just one of those things where no one thought they needed it. Ubisoft have Assassin’s Creed. Namco’s got Dark Souls II and a bunch of other stuff. Sony have Uncharted and GoW. Microsoft are more interested in publishing partnerships than acquisitions. And Blizzard only release games that have money pouring out of the nose.

          So yeah… RIP, Vigil/Darksiders. =/

    • Nemesis_Dawn

      Not a Darksiders fan, but even I can’t believe someone would pick up the Homefront series over that!

      • lol ikr?

      • Luna Kazemaru

        crytek UK has been working on homefornt 2 so ofc they where going to buy it

  • Zeonsilt

    Sega purchased Relic?Mean,now they own W40K and CoH franchises?This is the end of the world and worst scenario,for me.I played thousands of hours in the Dawn of War(since 2004) and Company of Heroes .I hope they don’t kill W40K and CoH series.p.s.On a personal level,i do love SEGA,for Shining series(forever japanesse) and Valkyria Chronicles(sayonara #3).

    However,if they do not own W40K and CoH,that’s a different story.

    • Luna Kazemaru

      Them buying Relic is actually a good thing since Sega has done well with the total war games on the PC

      • SirRichard

        Plus, Sega recently acquired the Games Workshop licence, which is probably why they picked up Relic.

      • Zeonsilt

        Well,i’m just worried about my favorite franchises.A new “Total War” game from Relic will be pretty interesting(if that’s the reason,why Sega choose Relic).

  • LynxAmali

    -Crytek agreed to purchase Homefront

    Well, that blew me away.

    I’m eagerly anticipating it.

    • DesmaX

      They were already making Homefront II, so it’s no surprise

      • Derek E Nay

        They were? Interesting

        • Juan Andrés Valencia

          It was announced a while ago. The UK division of Crytek (Free Radical) is developing it

      • Juan Andrés Valencia

        Yep, and even though we haven’t seen actual screenshots or concept art just the fact that it’s being made by Crytek is already a huge improvement over the original since it looked awful, it was one of the most linear and boring shooters I’ve played this gen and the plot and characters were horrendous. At least Crytek has delivered in terms of visuals (All of their games), story (Crysis 2) and gameplay (IMHO All of their games).

  • SirRichard

    A shame it had to end this way, I can only hope anyone who’s lost their jobs isn’t unemployed for long. At least some studios managed to find new owners.

    Also have to feel really sorry for Vigil Games, they came out with a promising new IP and now it might just have been buried.

  • DesmaX

    It’s over then…

    But, I’m surprised, Deep Silver got both Saint’s Row and Metro IP’s.Hope they do a good job with it

  • Jack Frazee

    Good to hear Ubisoft is getting South Park. They’re one of the few that will likely complete it properly.

    • Solomon_Kano

      Well, the team making it was outside of Ubi to begin with, so they don’t need to complete it. Obsidian is still very much alive and very much not owned by THQ. So the original team is intact and we’ve got an even better publisher behind it now.

    • Nemesis_Dawn

      I actually believe the owners of the IP are suing about this, since they don’t believe THQ had the right to sell their IP in the first place.

  • Luna Kazemaru

    Sad for Vigil Games :/

    But I am happy relic was saved by sega and crytek can make homefront better hopefully.Volitio….idk yet

    • as Diana responded I am blown away that a stay at home mom can make $4417 in 1 month on the network.

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  • Lexaus_the_Alchemist

    No one went for the WWE IP? Color me surprised.

    • SetzerGabbiani

      EA got it.

      • Lexaus_the_Alchemist

        I keep reading rumors at different sites, but was it confirmed?

  • Suicunesol

    Nintendo can buy Darksiders.

    Then next year’s crossover will be Zelda x Darksiders for Wii U. :P

    • Solomon_Kano

      Y’know, when I thought about Ninty publishing Bayo 2 that possibility actually became kinda realistic to me lol. They’re clearly willing to do the unexpected.

    • Oh the irony…I’d believe anything now. Should Nintendo save this series as well, I would not say no. At all.

      And a Zelda x Darksiders crossover might as well happen.

  • I wish Take-2 would’ve gotten Saints Row, then we can have a Grand Theft Auto/Saints Row crossover and Volition could’ve work on GTA game alongside Rockstar Game, that would’ve been cool!!!

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