Today is a sad day in gaming history. THQ has sold off it’s assets and is closing its doors. These sales are all pending approval from the US bankruptcy court and nothing is set in stone yet, but as it stands this is how the assets have been sold off-
SEGA have bought Relic, who are the developers of the upcoming PC game Company of Heroes 2 and Warhammer 40’000: Dawn of War.
Koch Media, who own Deep Silver, the publisher of Dead Island, have purchased Voilition Inc, the developers of the Saints Row franchise, as well as the publishing rights for the Metro franchise.
Crytek, who where developing Homefront 2, have bought the publishing rights for the game, and the franchise in general.
Take Two, the parent company of 2k Games and Rockstar, have bought the Turtle Rock project codenamed Evolve.
Ubisoft have purchased the rights to South Park: The Stick of Truth and as well as THQ Montreal, the current developer of the project codenamed 1666.
There are two major franchises missing here. Where are the Darksiders and WWE franchises? Surely there big enough names for someone to come out and buy them? Although WWE games haven’t been perfect as late (Our review gave the latest game, WWE 13 2 out of 5) Darksiders 1 and 2 were brilliant games and we would have loved to have seen another one. Surely someone will come out of the woodwork to buy these as well?
On a personal note, it is with a heavy heart that I write this. I grew up with THQ games, the WWE franchise in particular, and grew to love the other games in it’s catalogue as well. So it is with a heavy heart and and fond memories I wish everyone at THQ, whether they be moving with the sale, or finding new jobs, the best of luck in the future and wave goodbye to a dear old friend.