I hope this development doesn't stall or halt Metro Last Light coming market.
Looks Like THQ's Owned Properties Will Be Auctioned Off Anyway
Ok, NOW it's RIP THQ. I assumed from the story last year that the company was just about done but still had some life left in it. Now I see that I was wrong - the dream is over. Really sad to see a solid publisher like THQ go from good to dead within a year. That being said, I am looking forward to see who will pick up the WWE license.
Not sure why people think Square will be able to buy up anything, they aren't in really great shape themselves. The real question is who has the liquidity to actually but this stuff up.
I'm curious how the licensed IPs shake out. Since both WWE and Games Workshop must have deals in place for this. I'm sure they wouldn't allow someone to scoop up that contract at an auction price.
Does it even matter, if the people behind the game design won't be going along with the IP?
Depends on the game/IP I guess. I hope that anyone who tries to pick up Saints Row is smart enough to realize Volition has to come with it. Warner Bros picked up Mortal Kombat and brought Netherrealm with it, so hopefully whoever gets Saints Row does the same.
That's exactly the way I hope this ends up going. If they bring Volition and 4A over to Warner, I'll be happy.
Please don't be EA. I don't want the future Saints Row games to be Origin only.
I agree, if only because even when Origin has sales, they are rarely as good as Steam's - even when those sales are going on at the same time. EA thinks everyone is an idiot, apparently.
The Saints Row franchise will be the most popular item up for bid but I don't know who should buy it. On the one hand I'd like to see more SR games made but not to the level of annualising it. Crytek might bid for Homefront since they are already making a sequel.
Also, why is it a judge's decision to determine who a company wants to sell to? That doesn't seem right
Essentially because the company owes lots of people lots of money & they think they have a better chance of getting more of that money back if THQ sell off their properties rather than are continued to run as a publisher. Essentially THQ's creditors have no confidence the company would ever be able to pay back its debts so they are just taking what they get because 45% (a number I totally just made & based off nothing purely for the sake of argument) of what you are owed is better than 0%.
I can really see EA going for Saints Row, which would be a damn shame.
Good news for both Darksiders and Red Faction though, since disappointing sales of their last games meant it was unlikely we'd see sequels for either anytime soon. WB really would be perfect for Darksiders.
I'll also be happy to see the WWE licence go else where, the current developers have obviously long since given up actually caring to put effort into the yearly releases.
Out of left field comes Rovio to buy the WWE license. Coming soon to your smartphones: Angry Birds VS WWE Allstars.
Considering my hate for angry birds I think I might just cut my wrists at that announcement.
I can see it now.... The game opens up to an arena with a crowd in the background, cameras flashing, and a ring in the center while the bird slingshot is placed just behind the door that the wrestlers use for their entrance. What's this... that little yellow bird, who is dressed up in a Macho Man Randy Savage outfit, jumps onto the slingshot. You pull it back, aim and release, but instead of a squeal there's an audible "OOOOOOOOOOH YEEEEAAAAH!" as he sails into the air. Once he reaches the peak of his arc and begins to descend you tap the screen again and he DOES A MOTHERFUCKING FLYING ELBOW DROP AND SMASHES THOSE PIGS AND BLOCKS!
I think the only companies able to buy up something would be EA, Activision, Warner Bros., Disney Interactive, Ubisoft, and Take Two/2K. Dark horse bidders might include Zenimax, Square Enix (if they can find the assets), Microsoft, Sony, and any Japanese company that wants to pull a Square and expand in the Western market.
It won't happen because they already own Sleeping Dogs, but I cannot imagine THQ's franchises in any better hands than those of Square Enix. They've proven they have their shit together when it comes to dealing with outside studios. They should definitely get Darksiders, though.
I really hoped (against better judgement) this would not happen. THQ seemed to be one of the few publishers that really dared to let developers make actually fun and unusual games and not just aim for some triple A generic blockbuster. In a sense it doesn't really matter to me who gets the properties as long as the developers behind them can stay in tact and get the same freedom THQ gave them.... then again, that is probably why they went under in the first place. Because lets face it, in the end 'we' all might dislike some of the bigger developers like EA and Activision, they are still in business because that triple A generic blockbuster is what most of us buy instead of the games THQ publishes...
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