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THQ Auction Scatters The Publisher's Holdings To New Homes

Posted January 24, 2013 - By Adam Rosenberg

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Yesterday was a sad day for gamers everywhere, with an auction seeing the most well-known assets of folding publisher THQ sold off to a variety of bidders. The good news is that if there's a THQ game you were looking forward to, it's almost certainly still coming out. Eventually. The bad news, of course, is that THQ will be no more.

The first confirmed purchase of the day was Koch Media/Deep Silver's acquisition of the intellectual property rights to the Saint's Row and Metro series', as well as the Chicago-based Saint's Row developer Volition. There's no word yet on when the nearly finished Metro: Last Light will be released, but expect that we'll be hearing more info soon.

Ubisoft announced in a subsequent press release that THQ's Montreal studio and its unannounced IP had been acquired -- take note that Ubi's own Montreal teams put in most of the work on Assassin's Creed 3 and Far Cry 3 -- along with the rights to the upcoming RPG, South Park: The Stick of Truth. The game had previously been expected to release in March 2013, but the Ubi press release merely lists a 2013 release, suggesting that delays may be incoming.

The rest of the purchase confirmations came from within THQ, via a letter sent out by CEO Brian Farrell and president Jason Rubin. The same letter also unfortunately served to inform anyone not employed by a sold entity that their job was no more. Very sad times indeed. G4's sympathies and best wishes go out to all of those affected.

The other sales confirmed by Farrell and Rubin include (via Kotaku): Take 2's purchase of of the in-development Turtle Rock Studios game, Evolve, Sega's purchase of Relic and Company of Heroes, and Crytek's purchase of Homefront. Sadly, a good number of known THQ franchises and (in applicable cases) the studios that work on them continue to be unclaimed, including Darksiders/Vigil Games, Red Faction, Warhammer 40,000, de Blob, and Destroy All Humans.

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