Sega Buy THQ Subsidiary With Aggressive Bid; No Bids For Darksiders Devs

By Ishaan . January 23, 2013 . 1:04pm

Sega have bought THQ’s Relic Entertainment subsidiary with an aggressive bid of $26 million at an auction that was held this week. Relic were responsible for the Company of Heroes franchise under THQ.


Meanwhile, Ubisoft picked up THQ’s Montreal studio along with the Southpark game they were working on. The auction results are as follows, according to the Distressed Debt Investing blog, which has been following the proceedings:


  • $26 million for Relic Entertainment (Sega)


  • $22.3 million for Volition Inc. (Koch Media)
  • $5.8 million for Metro I.P. (Koch Media)


  • $2.5 million for THQ Montreal (Ubisoft)
  • $3.2M for THQ Montreal’s Southpark game (Ubisoft)


  • $11 million for Evolve I.P. (Take-Two)


  • $500k for Homefront I.P. (Crytek)


Unfortunately, no bids were made for Vigil Entertainment, developers of the Darksiders franchise, according to DDI.


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  • JustThisOne

    :I Oh god, please find a good home, please please please.

  • Altritter

    I… really don’t know how to feel about this. I adore the Dawn of War games but I’m not a fan of most of SEGA’s decisions these days. Here’s hoping for the best, I suppose.

  • DesmaX

    … Poor Vigil Entertainment

    • Yes I feel bad for them I did my support by buying Darksiders 1 on PS3 and PC and also Darksiders 2 on PS3, PC and Wii U. Such a pity that we won’t ever see the other Horsemen in action unless a miracle happens.

  • SirRichard

    Damn, Sega really wanted to get their hands on Relic. I guess they want to make the most of the Games Workshop licence, but $26 million? Here’s hoping that doesn’t come back to bite them their arse later.

    Really, the other sales make it kind of sadder that no-one wanted Darksiders. Someone shelled out nearly $6 million for Metro, someone even shelled out half a mil for Homefront, but no-one wanted Darksiders, it’s depressing.

    • Nintendo or Namco Should get it.

      • I don’t think Nintendo care, since they have Zelda already, and Retro Studios are in Austin, TX, just like Vigil. Hopefully, some of the Vigil guys can find new jobs at Retro, though. Or Bioware. Ooh, or at Bethesda’s new studio.

        • Solomon_Kano

          I would love to see Vigil’s staff find work at Retro that would be great. I’d imagine whatever those guys have been up to is pretty big anyway. I mean, apart from a contribution to MK7, we haven’t heard from them since 2010 with no indication that we will any time soon.

          Talented as they are at making action games, I’d honestly be a bit disappointed if they got sucked up by Bioware. Unless they finally wanna give us Jade Empire 2. I suppose Bethesda would be cool if their new studio isn’t doing Fallout or more Elder Scrolls stuff. It’d be cool to see them put out a new IP.

          • If Monolith’s new game has online multiplayer, you can be 100% sure that Retro’s does, too, heh. Although, I have to wonder if they’re working on Windwaker U as well, since they’re known for their technical expertise…

            Honestly, I have no idea what Vigil are going to do. At this point, I think those guys would just be happy finding jobs around Austin. I expect the studio staff will end up being hired by all three places… Retro, Bioware and Bethesda.

          • Solomon_Kano

            I didn’t consider that Retro could be behind Wind Waker HD. That would make sense. I just assumed Aonuma’s team put it together between finishing Skyward Sword and their work on the next Zelda game since he said it’ll be a while before we see it. A Retro game with online would be pretty cool to see.

            I’d certainly imagine they’d be happy at any of the 3, personally I just hope they end up in an environment where their action chops can be used. Derivative as Darksiders was, it was fun as hell to play. It’d kind of suck to see their talent for it put into something with such an established gameplay style like, say, the next Mass Effect or Fallout 4. Ultimately, I’m happy so long as they find work. I’d just prefer it be Retro. Of course, swallowing a whole studios staff is unrealistic. So, yea, it’s likely they’ll end up at all 3.

            Are there any other devs in the area?

          • Like @Locklear93:disqus just said, id Software are in Austin, too! I expect work on Doom 4 is on in full force over there. :)

          • Solomon_Kano

            Ah. Now that would be nice. id is always looking to push some technical boundaries, so I’d imagine they need everybody they can get. It’d be cool to see them find work there.

        • Locklear93

          There are three in TX, actually–id, Arkane’s US operation, and Battlecry. If you have to be out of work in the game industry, Austin’s not a bad place to do it.

          • Oh right, I forgot id Software are in Austin, too! That’s certainly not a bad place to be. :)

          • Jason Ryer

            ids in dallas man. your thinking of arkiane. as for retro the job pages are only hunting for engineers and production assisntants. Bioware got raped with the nights free to play bull since bioware austin was the dev team.

          • Jason Ryer

            they held a austin dev drink night for vigil last night so more then likely they are getting carded for interviews soonish.

  • Metro could be a pretty fantastic pick-up for Koch Media. All that Dead Island money being put to good use.

    • DesmaX

      Yeah, but I’m worried with Saint’s Row.

      Making a game even more over the top than the 3rd one would be really expensive for them

      • It says they only picked up the Metro I.P., though, not Saints Row. We don’t know yet if anyone bid on SR or not…

        • DesmaX

          Well, they did pick up Volition Inc. didn’t they?

          It would be weird if they picked up the company, but not their games.

          But, oh well, what do I know?

          • Koch did take saints and volition as one package, so volition is still working on it.

    • someelfgirl

      I’m more curious who they even are, google just brings up some euro media publisher.

      • DesmaX

        They publish games under the “Deep Silver” name

  • Nemesis_Dawn

    Wait…wait…aren’t Sega gushing money? How can they afford this?

    • kylehyde

      This is the same question that I have asked myself since I saw this

    • BadenBadenPrinny

      Yeah, I thought they were hemmorraging money

      • Nemesis_Dawn

        Exactly. I’ve read all these reports all last year on how badly Sega were doing and now they have enough money to do this? I’m actually confused.

    • Not really, Sega has like 600 million in net income, and sega sammy holdings (the parent) makes like 4 billion in revenue a year.

  • Meriadoc

    good south park for ubi, maybe the release it in wiiu, please ubi don screw it up and if it had something wrong (dont think so so far) fix it

  • I’m just glad homefront will live.

  • Farid Belkacemi

    So, what will happen to Vigil G now ?

  • Guest

    Hmm, does this mean we could be seeing Warhammer 40k games published by Sega? FEELS GREAT, MAN.

    • Solomon_Kano

      Does Relic own the Warhammer IP? Oh man, I hope we see some Warhammer love from Sega. Let’s see.

      • z_merquise

        Nope. Warhammer IP is owned by Games Workshop. Relic is the developer of Warhammer games like Warhammer 40k: Dawn of War and Space Marine.

        And no, “Space Marine” of the Warhammer 40k universe already existed way before it became a popular term for games nowadays.

        • Solomon_Kano

          I’m aware that Warhammer’s Space Marines have been around lol.

          So now I’m wondering if Sega also acquired the license from Games Workshop so Relic can continue on or if Relic themselves had it rather than THQ?

          • Wasn’t Creative Assembly working on Warhammer Fantasy: Total War or so? I believe that was what I was told from my friend’s friend’s aunt’s younger cousin’s barber’s parakeet keeper’s son’s classmate.

          • Solomon_Kano


    • ShawnOtakuSomething

      hatsune Miku is going to show up in more games now XD

  • Vitonofrio del Rosso

    no one darksidering? ohhh well

  • XYZ_JolteonZ980

    $500K is pretty cheap, which is actually equivalent to the cost of many new homes in America, so thus, many actual common people could have bought it, if they opened it up to American citizens. Surely homefront was better than that?

    • Solomon_Kano

      Common rich people, that would be.

      I don’t know how many common people just have $500k just laying around to blow on a video game company. A video game company whose games they would then have to both fund and publish lol.

  • TNMR90

    $26 million? They could have kept Bayonetta if they really wanted then…

    • Solomon_Kano

      I don’t think that was ever in doubt. They didn’t want it. It didn’t make them the kind of money that a company in such poor standing would be after.

    • Mrgrgr and Unacceptable World

      It is still own by them though? Don’t you see Sega logo on all Bayonetta 2?

  • Solomon_Kano

    The guys who publish Dead Island got Metro and Volition? That’s good for them. I dunno what the hell Evolve is, so I’ve got nothing on that. I’m glad that Homefront landed at Crytek. There’s another IP for them, since that Kinect game they were working on has vanished off the face of the Earth.

    Am I the only one who finds it funny that Ubisoft went after THQ Montreal though? It’s hilarious to me that Patrice Desilets has ended up right back where he started. I’m also glad that they acquired the Stick of Truth from THQ, though.

    That’s a real shame about Vigil though. I was hoping they’d end up with Ubisoft. Ubi doesn’t really have any IP like that, but I guess they aren’t after any either.

  • DarkWaterClone

    I am happy with the Sega buy. They do great on the PC side. I believe they make more money on PC then the consoles too. Plus for people wondering how Sega would be able to spend that much they have around 2 billion able to spend. I am not a fan of Ubisoft getting those games. Because crappy Uplay will be added.

    Also if I am not mistaken the creater of Assains Creed left Ubisoft to work on a new IP at THQ Montreal. Because he did not like working with Ubisoft. So that has got to suck having to work with them again.

    I wonder what Deep Silver plans to do with Metro & Volition. I hope multiplayer will not be added to Metro now. I am saddened no news on if Double Fine was able to buy Stacking & costume Quest.

    Also no one wanted De Blob, Red Faction or Homeworld. I so want to see a new Homeworld space sim again. But I guess I am not that lucky.

    • DesmaX

      “Also if I am not mistaken the creater of Assains Creed left Ubisoft to work on a new IP at THQ Montreal. Because he did not like working with Ubisoft. So that has got to suck having to work with them again.”

      Now that’s some bad luck, lol

  • revenent hell

    Wow so I never botherd much with Dalksiders beyond knowing it was a game,after looking in to it ,man I have to say im very impressed.
    I cant believe no one would not bid on it.

  • z_merquise

    Glad that Relic is saved by Sega. Their RTS games, Warhammer 40k: Dawn of War and Company of Heroes (which were two of my most favorite games in the genre) are really great and it’s nice that the studio isn’t dissolved.

  • neo_firenze

    Oh, Sega… Looks excessive to say the least, but that’s all I’ll venture to comment here.

    As for Darksiders… Interesting that their Japanese publishing partners had no interest. Konami distributed Darksiders in Japan (and seems like that game would fit pretty well in their worldwide portfolio – maybe they thought Castlevania was enough?), Spike-Chunsoft did Darksiders II.

    Smart Metro pickup by Koch/Deep Silver.

    • Solomon_Kano

      I hadn’t considered Konami for Vigil. I’d actually have really liked to see that happen. Man.

    • TrevHead

      I personally think $26 mil for Relic is very cheap considering they’re half way through making CoH2, they’ll probably get Relic’s IP’s as part of the deal. Homeworld, Company of Heroes, 40K all 3 are critically acclaimed have have a strong cult following.

  • Minos

    So, there is a worst thing than dead…Ubisoft buying your body.

    • Somehow, I think all the people who would have lost their jobs otherwise would disagree with you.

  • They should’ve used those 26 million for Shenmue III.

  • Locklear93

    What I want to know is what happens with the IPs that didn’t get bought. Studios? Those close, jobs are lost. But what about IPs like Titan Quest and so forth? Do principals of the company retain rights to unsold IP?

  • Juan Andrés Valencia

    Atlus: Pick Vigil up!

    • Nemesis_Dawn

      What’s interesting is that the main thing that always turned me off to Darksiders was the character designs. If the exact same game had been made with, say, the angel/demon designs from the Megaten series I’d have been all over it.

      • Juan Andrés Valencia

        Vigil presents: The Adventures Of Mara.

        • Nemesis_Dawn

          Mara always fights hard, no matter how stiff the competition.

          • Juan Andrés Valencia

            Unless Arioch opens wide and bites him.

        • DDDDDDDD: Can’t I have cool looking demons?

  • KingGunblader

    Wow, no one wanted Vigil? That’s pretty disappointing. I played Darksiders on PS Plus and it’s awesome!

  • Brandonmkii

    Darksiders 3 developed by Platinum games. Calling it now.

  • Hollowkoopa

    There’s rumor going on that Platinum wants to buy Darksiders. Take this with a grain of salt since it was Kotaku that posted it.

    • Solomon_Kano

      I don’t trust Kotaku for anything in the world and, much as I love Platinum, I wouldn’t want that to happen at all. Platinum has a style all their own, it’s a style a love, but their style isn’t Darksiders. If that’s the alternative to the IP dying, I’ll take it, but I’d hope Vigil can be salvaged and do Darksiders 3 themselves.

      Then again, there was no indication that that was their next project anyway. At best, I would hope it would be a joint project, with Platinum at least hiring/enlisting for the time being Darksiders’ writer(s). I’d say their artists too, but Joe Mad moved on from Vigil already.

      • Hollowkoopa

        I hear you, man. As much as i love Platinum games, their style doesn’t fit Darksiders.

        • Solomon_Kano

          Oh, snap. Kotaku wasn’t lying about Platinum wanting it though. They just weren’t actually trying to buy it, but they did want it.

          And two of Vigil’s senior members MAY just end up at Platinum. If that happens, THEN I’d be happy with them buying Darksiders.

    • I follow Inaba on Twitter and figured that was just him making a wishful tweet in passing. People are reporting that as a rumour?

  • shion16


    No love for Vigil ?? Really!!??
    I cant believe ,its just too strange.
    Darksiders 1 and 2 were some of my favorites games of this generation.
    Its a shame,it makes no sense at all

  • Mrgrgr and Unacceptable World

    Really sad here.T_T That Vigil is not getting any love and here i thought Sega will get Vigil too.

    Well, it is nice to see that Relic fall to the good hands of Sega considering, Total Wars and Football Manager is also a very big PC IP from them. Warhammer would be another good plus for them.

  • SE should have picked up Vigil I think. Stick them with Eidos, that could have some potential. Also wishful thinking for a Soul Reaver Reboot/Remake.

  • MrJechgo

    Wow, no one picked up Vigil games???
    That doesn’t add up!

  • Good thing Sega was aggressive too, they only narrowly outbid Zenimax for Relic. I’d be fine with them going with either company, but it’s nice to see the makers of Total War and Company of Heroes under the same publisher.

  • Mister_Nep

    Oh come on! No one bought Vigil? That’s just depressing.

  • Göran Isacson

    Kay, so Homeworld and WH-franchise to SEGA, which I guess could work- they seem to do good work on the PC these days… although if they start employing their draconic youtube crackdowns to fanvids of Warhammer, I suspect there will be hell to pay.
    I’ve no idea who Koch Media are or what they do, so no speculation on what that might mean for the Saints Row franchise or Metro.
    UBIsoft buying up the South Park is cool in my eyes, haven’t got anything agains those cats and ahven’t seen anything that would imply they’re a bad fit for the project.
    Now, CryTek buying up Homefront though… I have no hope for that franchise ever becoming something smart, but at least if CryTek is behind it may turn out FUN. Also, what is “Evolve”?

    As for Darksiders possibly being bought up by Platinum, as some have speculated, well… I won’t lie, Platinum sure loves it’s beefy dudes if anarchy reigns is any indication, so I guess they could fit well together?

  • artemisthemp

    Hope someone buy Darksiders + Vigil, since I really don’t want that series die, unless the buyer is Activision Capcom EA

  • This is still kinda depressing seeing THQ going under like this and all its assets being sold off. At least the companies listed here will do what they can with them.

  • Adam Bell

    “Relic were responsible for the Company of Heroes franchise under THQ.”

    …and the 40k Dawn of War series…

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