THQ no more: games and studios bought by several companies

The writing was on the wall a few weeks ago when THQ announced it was going into Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. Today, the word is that the once massive publisher is to be broken up and its games and development studios will be bought by a number of different companies.

IGN reports that Sega will acquire Vancouver-based Relic, which is currently developing Company of Heroes 2. German-based Koch Media, which published Dead Island, has reportedly acquired the Volition studio, the developers of the Saints Row series, along with the rights to the Metro series of shooters.

Take Two Interactive have reportedly bought the rights to publish the upcoming game from developer Turtle Rock Studios. Ubisoft is said to have bought THQ's Montreal-based development studio, which has yet to release a game. It has also reportedly acquired the rights to publish the upcoming South Park RPG title.

Finally, Crytek, which was developing Homefront 2 for THQ, has reportedly acquired the rights to the entire Homefront franchise. So far, there does not appear to be a buyer yet for THQ's other in-house development studio, Vigil Games, the makers of the Darksiders series.

Specific terms of each of these deals have not been disclosed. It remains to be seen just how many now former THQ employees will be rehired by the owners of the publisher's various properties.

Source: IGN | Image via THQ

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Yes, but the Homeworld IP was bought by THQ from Vivendi Universal, as they (parent company of Sierra) owned it, not Relic. It is entirely possible that the HW asset will be sold separately from Relic, as it was not part of Relic when THQ bought them

Homefront was a terrible game. We don't need yet another CoD/MoH/BF clone/ripoff.

Unless Homefront 2 goes in a completely different direction, it's a waste of time and money to create.

I am personally waiting to see what happens to Vigil.

No one bought Vigil, it's being dissolved. When Joe Madureira left Vigil that pretty much marked the end of Darksiders. Without him there isn't much point in paying big $$$ for Vigil. He's gone back to comics doing the art for Avenging Spider-Man.

I'm waiting to hear on who's picking up the WWE franchise. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that Yuke's won't be developing it anymore; the series really needs a new developer to help revive it.

MightyJordan said,
I'm waiting to hear on who's picking up the WWE franchise. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that Yuke's won't be developing it anymore; the series really needs a new developer to help revive it.


I think 2K Sports is taking the WWE franchise, according to Wiki:

Publishing rights to the WWE series will be acquired by 2K Sports.

Well it is good to see some of the games we were looking forward to, e.g., Last Light, stick of truth, will survive.

I hope the people laid off land on their feet.

Really hope someone does something with Red Faction... I love that series, even if the last game was pretty "meh".

Lexcyn said,
Really hope someone does something with Red Faction... I love that series, even if the last game was pretty "meh".

I liked the last few. I could do with a few more.

The big question is Metro Last Light, especially as its release date is imminent. I hope this gets released as I loved the original game.

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