Looks Like THQ's Owned Properties Will Be Auctioned Off Anyway

#101 Edited by MeatSim (10927 posts) -

I Hope things don't go badly for several of these game franchises, and it somehow works out for them.

#102 Posted by Midjet (135 posts) -

Do you guys think Valve would grab any of THQ's properties?

#103 Posted by Butano (1774 posts) -

Hmm... I'd say either Square Enix or 2K would seem like decent fits, though I doubt they can afford any of the franchises if EA and Activision are scouting them. I could see 2K picking up the WWE license though.

#104 Posted by Foggen (884 posts) -

It's a shame that this is per title and not per studio.

#105 Posted by Vigorousjammer (2530 posts) -

@Midjet said:

Do you guys think Valve would grab any of THQ's properties?

Possibly Metro

#106 Posted by Foggen (884 posts) -

I'd love to see WB take all of it.

#107 Posted by Rotnac (811 posts) -

I'd like to see what Take-Two could do with the WWE property.

#108 Posted by buddysmokes (8 posts) -

alot of these games are nearly finished any e.g south park, company of heroes and metro, hopefully these studios can find another publisher similar to what happened with sleeping dogs. Would not be too surprised if homefront 2 got cancelled seeing as this was thq's go at the fps market and the other big publishers dont need another shooter. Hard to say whats going to happen with saints row even though it was a good game i dont think it sold that well.

#109 Posted by itspizza (443 posts) -

Just hope none of them go to Activision or EA, especially saints row

#110 Posted by iceman228433 (616 posts) -

This is bad news, please for the love of god someone make Saints Row 4 please.

#111 Posted by GalacticPunt (1092 posts) -

It would be cool if Warner Brothers picked up Volition/Saints Row. The next city that the Saints go to could have Johnny Cage as the mayor, and you can go on rampages dressed as Batman!

#112 Edited by aquamarin (555 posts) -

I've been on a bit of a THQ binge lately due to the crazy cheap bundles that were offered up recently on humble bundle and amazon. I gotta say, THQ put out some entertaining games the last couple years, but they are games that looking back had no audience in the world where the B-tier game is getting squeezed out. I really like Volition's stuff the best. I really liked Red Faction: Armageddon, which was largely written off at the time because it was linear and not the zany open world fun of Guerrilla, but I really had a lot of fun with the weapons and destructibles in the game. I hope in some way the Red Faction destructibility aspect can live on, maybe in some other franchise by Volition on next gen systems where the amount of destructiblity has the potential, I suppose, to be that much greater. Also really like the irreverent characters in Volition games, who, when faced with overwhelming forces against them, always seem to have a one liner and one last machine gun in their hands. Of course I just bought all these games for pennies and none of them for full price when they needed the support, save for SR3, so I guess beggers can't be choosers about the fates of a lot of this stuff.

#113 Posted by evanbower (1216 posts) -

I'd like Double Fine to pick up with WWE license. C'mon guys!

#114 Posted by Korwin (2985 posts) -

@Vigorousjammer said:

@Midjet said:

Do you guys think Valve would grab any of THQ's properties?

Possibly Metro

All of the Relic stuff

#115 Edited by Hunter5024 (5909 posts) -

I hope a lot of these properties stay far far away from Activision. I'll gladly take EA over them.

#116 Posted by Heath (61 posts) -

Would a Licenced Franchise like the Warhammer 40k licence be up for action as well or would Games Workshop have the right to send that licence off to some one els.. i noticed just a week ago Games Workshop announced a IPhone game of Space Hulk that was not being made by a THQ company but rather a indy dev from the looks of it.

I hope Games Workshop keep Vigil Games working on the Dark Millennium multiplayer *pre release reboot* .. that would have been soooo dope Warhammer Battlefield/ wowBattlegrounds was what it sounded like and that seriously would have been a huge hit and could have no joke killed Call of duty and BF3 and crysis and halo combined... its bloody sad.. sigh... plz plz plz i hope that doesn't stop like.. sigh that game has to come out!!... plz plz plz

#117 Posted by MikkaQ (10336 posts) -

Well at least THQ went out with a bang by making WWE 13, which is probably the most fun wrestling game I've played since No Mercy.

I'm curious if Yukes still makes those games after someone buys the license. Given their ties to wrestling I would hope so. They're not the most talented team, but they have heart.

#118 Edited by ArtisanBreads (3972 posts) -

Sure, pick the bad EA wrestling example.

They also made Def Jam Vendetta and Def Jam Fight for NY via AKI. The two best wrestling games I've ever played.

I would love if SEGA bought Relic. Relic and Creative Assembly would be some top notch RTS talent to own.

#119 Posted by Phatmac (5726 posts) -

EA will take Saints Row for sure. They need an open world franchise like that in their library.

#120 Posted by zyn (2591 posts) -

Fuck. Let's hope whoever buys Saints Row, doesn't fuck it up.

#121 Posted by Zippedbinders (1030 posts) -

@buddysmokes said:

As long as we get the south park game it does'nt really matter who publishes it, And how many people are really going to care about saints row 4 when gta v comes out next year?

You haven't been on this site very long, have you?

I really hope that the IPs and Studios are a package deal, I need The Next Great Game in the Saints Row Franchise. I at least want Steve Jaros to keep writing for games like that.

#122 Posted by MooseyMcMan (11456 posts) -

I'm quite saddened by this.

#123 Posted by Giantstalker (1715 posts) -

Man, Relic deserves better than this. As does Homeworld, if you get my drift.

#124 Posted by Kowalo (91 posts) -

I just don't want Saints Row to end up with EA or Activision, so here's hoping for Warner I guess.

#125 Posted by granderojo (1792 posts) -

I'm fine with EA picking up Saints Row, if only it means keeping Activision from getting a hold of it.

#126 Posted by GunslingerPanda (4848 posts) -

Someone good better pick up Darksiders.

Of course realistically it's going to Activision.

#127 Posted by swamplord666 (1763 posts) -

I somehow have an image of publishers as people going through the stalls as a garage sale.

And I really don't want the saints row franchise to go to EA or Activision.

#128 Posted by Heath (61 posts) -

Valves Steam BOX killer app will not be HL3 we have already got HL3 and HL3ep1 but are too greedy and stupid to admit that it was just Portal and Portal2

i could it be that STEAM BOXs big exclusive is a franchise picked up in this very sale. Valve would have made a killing selling various THQ games on steam over the year and they clearly had a very very fond place in their hearts for the STALKER series via the special support they gave it.. THQ games where constantly in high sales amounts on steam and in prime places over its dash.

With Valves work emulating the Blizzards Warcraft style on Dota2 which in turn emulates Warhammer... mabye Valves killer app will be a Warhammer 40k title? the art assets of that canned 40k MMO seem of great quality and prime for use (on Source rather than the Darksiders engine they are currently rigged up for?). and Warhammer is really popular in areas where steam is the strongest such as the UK and Europe as well as Russia.

Lets face it for mass marketing apeal Valves Franchises are kinda weak Counter Strike probably stands out the most but with the recent shootings i doubt any Marketing team would want to push that as a advertised title. They need some thing that jumps out at a bored gaming audience stuck in realism but still obsessed with world of warcraft. a Warhammer 40k reskin of mabye a game Valve are already working on but have not nailed down a visual style for would be some thing very atractive to get hold of at a good price i would imagine.

Fake dreams over.

#129 Posted by DazzHardy (786 posts) -

People saying Activision will get Saints Row, I present to you Sleeping Dogs, and Activision letting it go to Square Enix because they couldn't annualise it. I see Warner Bros getting Saints Row, and alternating it with Batman games. Or Maybe Ubisoft, doing the same thing with Assassin's Creed.

#130 Posted by Aaron_G (1617 posts) -

Just as long as whoever would bid for the Saints Row franchise promise not to fuck it up.

#131 Posted by gschmidl (25 posts) -

Let's all pitch in and buy Saints Row before EA/Activision do.

#132 Posted by neoepoch (1295 posts) -

The main things I'm concerned about with this auction is Relic, Volition, and Vigil and their associated properties. I'm concerned that they would go to a bad home, be separated from their properties, the quality of the IPs would suffer, and/or the teams being "restructured" during the moves. Let's face it, these franchises are so entrenched with the devs that it would probably be a bad idea to separate them, but knowing big publishers it doesn't matter to them.

#133 Posted by Ekpyroticuniverse (144 posts) -

Company of heros 2 is on steam for preorder sooooo my guess is that must be pretty locked in right? right?

#134 Posted by benpicko (2012 posts) -

@Doctorchimp said:

You already know Activision is gonna pick up Saint's Row.

Fucking, no thank you

#136 Posted by masterpaperlink (1869 posts) -

wait is relic being separated from homeworld again????

#137 Posted by BeachThunder (12305 posts) -

I'll take Darksiders if no one else wants it...

#138 Posted by Zaxex (593 posts) -

Wow, I've never thought of publishers selling the rights to their games like this. Can't say I'm too excited at the prospect, but there haven't been many exciting THQ games lately - there's been a few games I've really liked over the last few years, but for each of those there's about 10 mediocre license titles, and missed opportunities.

#139 Posted by neoepoch (1295 posts) -

@Zaxex said:

Wow, I've never thought of publishers selling the rights to their games like this. Can't say I'm too excited at the prospect, but there haven't been many exciting THQ games lately - there's been a few games I've really liked over the last few years, but for each of those there's about 10 mediocre license titles, and missed opportunities.

THQ hasn't been publishing licensed titles (unless you count WWE or Warhammer 40K) for a few years now.

#140 Posted by scottygrayskull (461 posts) -

On one hand I'm bummed, as I don't think a lot of THQ's properties will find a good home with other publishers.

On the other hand though I'm happy, as THQ tried to screw over its investors and creditors and I'm happy to hear it might not be that bad for those people.

#141 Posted by Incapability (215 posts) -

@Midjet: Don't think so, none of the products seem consistent with Valve's back catalog or brand values. They don't exactly need it, either, they've got a money machine in churning out hats.

Count on one of the big publishers to pick up on it, shutter it and lock it away.

#142 Posted by icytower38 (464 posts) -

I wonder if the WWE is going to try andbget there own license back with some kind of in house games studio, it's something I could see Vince doing.

#143 Posted by Nettacki (1319 posts) -

@ArtisanBreads: And where's AKI now, eh? A shell of their former self, making Japan-only portable spinoffs of random series.

#144 Posted by ajamafalous (12129 posts) -

Well this is just about the shittiest video game news I've heard in the last year.

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#145 Posted by DarthOrange (3878 posts) -

So whats going to happen to that Naughty Dog guy who left to run THQ? 

#146 Posted by deathfromace (166 posts) -

Valve buys them all O.O

#147 Posted by buemba (103 posts) -

At this point I'd take EA (And Origin) over Ubisoft (And UPlay), though neither is great. Ideally I'd like to see a company like 2K, Sega, Bethesda or Square-Enix pick THQ's whole portfolio, but there's no way Activision, EA and Ubisoft won't get their pound of flesh.

#148 Posted by Zephyr (29 posts) -

@notdavid: And then promptly murdering the license by trying to "make it Call of Duty." I really hope they don't get it, the Saints deserve better.

#149 Posted by twigger89 (283 posts) -

@Heath said:

Would a Licenced Franchise like the Warhammer 40k licence be up for action as well or would Games Workshop have the right to send that licence off to some one els.. i noticed just a week ago Games Workshop announced a IPhone game of Space Hulk that was not being made by a THQ company but rather a indy dev from the looks of it.

I hope Games Workshop keep Vigil Games working on the Dark Millennium multiplayer *pre release reboot* .. that would have been soooo dope Warhammer Battlefield/ wowBattlegrounds was what it sounded like and that seriously would have been a huge hit and could have no joke killed Call of duty and BF3 and crysis and halo combined... its bloody sad.. sigh... plz plz plz i hope that doesn't stop like.. sigh that game has to come out!!... plz plz plz

That game was already turned into a single player game a while ago. THQ tried to find someone to co-publish and finance it, but no one was interested so they decided to drop all multiplayer and just make it a single player game.

#150 Posted by h0lgr (911 posts) -
@Baal_Sagoth said:

@h0lgr said:

Man, Company of Heroes 2 needs to be taken care of. Can't bear to see that game drop off into nothingness.

Hell yes! So there are still plenty of reasons to be concerned. Fuck, Relic really needs to find a proper new home.

Yeah. I really don't want to watch these properties burn in the eternal flames of unfinished hell.

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