So, what will happen to Steam-games?

#1 Posted by charlie_victor_bravo (1048 posts) -

I just booted up Steam and noticed that there are lots of THQ-games in my library that I have not downloaded, and scary thought crawled into my head and laid its eggs on my brain. What will happen to THQ-games in the Steam service? Will they be available for download in the future?

#2 Posted by ll_Exile_ll (1937 posts) -

@charlie_victor_bravo:

I'm pretty sure even if something is no longer for sale, you can still download it as long as it's linked to your account, so there shouldn't be an issue.

#3 Posted by TheFreepie (82 posts) -

Same, got the THQ collection and have only played Homefront and Darksiders

#4 Posted by Bishna (334 posts) -

I am pretty sure @ll_Exile_ll is right. Some of the games that were bought might get an update to take out the THQ logo and replace it with the new owner's, but I presume nothing will happen to games like Darksiders.

And its not like Darksiders will just disappear or become free domain. THQ is still going through chapter 11 bankruptcy, so someone will end up with the rights to Darksiders and other properties that weren't sold in the auction.

#5 Posted by Marz (5672 posts) -

the games can probably still be sold, just the earnings will go to the new owners of said game franchises.  

#6 Posted by TopCat88 (177 posts) -

It's something I hadn't considered before but I think those above me are right. There shouldn't be a problem here.

#7 Posted by eSci (29 posts) -

In the filing, I believe, it stated that THQ still owns the rights to their backlog i.e. games already released. I wouldn't worry about it too much; however, there has been problems in the past with games being pulled from digital distribution like the midway games being pulled from XBLA when they went under. So who knows.

#8 Posted by ChinaDontCare (111 posts) -

you'll actually owe steam money

#9 Edited by WilltheMagicAsian (1542 posts) -

If a game you've purchased gets removed/deactivated from Steam, you can still download and play that game through Steam.

There's actually been quite a few games removed from Steam, like League of Legends, Crysis 2, Vice City for a little while, Dragon Age 2, hell even the War-Z I guess.

#10 Posted by BaconGames (3582 posts) -

@eSci said:

In the filing, I believe, it stated that THQ still owns the rights to their backlog i.e. games already released. I wouldn't worry about it too much; however, there has been problems in the past with games being pulled from digital distribution like the midway games being pulled from XBLA when they went under. So who knows.

I'm assuming that nowadays they have it built into the paperwork to account for just this issue, likely a problem with Midway because it wasn't specified and defaulted to being taken down.

#11 Posted by MikkaQ (10344 posts) -

This reminds me that the THQ bundle is 25 bucks on Amazon, you guys should get while the getting's good. 25 bucks is a good deal for Darksiders 2 as it is.

#12 Posted by LordAndrew (14430 posts) -

Even if they are removed from the storefront, they should still be accessible to those who already bought them.

Do any of them contain additional DRM that could stop functioning? I'm more concerned about that.

#13 Posted by eSci (29 posts) -

@BaconGames said:

@eSci said:

In the filing, I believe, it stated that THQ still owns the rights to their backlog i.e. games already released. I wouldn't worry about it too much; however, there has been problems in the past with games being pulled from digital distribution like the midway games being pulled from XBLA when they went under. So who knows.

I'm assuming that nowadays they have it built into the paperwork to account for just this issue, likely a problem with Midway because it wasn't specified and defaulted to being taken down.

Very true. I don't know the licensing that was made with say, Valve, with the digital distribution and the event the license for the product was sold. However, considering THQ was able to keep their licenses for backlogs (still trying to find the source of this again) I doubt anything is going to matter. In the case with Midway, my guess would be they didn't keep their license for already sold games or your good point on the license never covered the specific event of licensing changing hands.

#14 Posted by Seedofpower (3949 posts) -

@LordAndrew said:

Even if they are removed from the storefront, they should still be accessible to those who already bought them.

Do any of them contain additional DRM that could stop functioning? I'm more concerned about that.

Darksiders 2 contains additional DRM. Nothing along the lines of what Ubisoft used to pull but they require you to make an account with THQ. I have a feeling all of that is gonna go out the window in a few months.

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