THQ Officially Dissolving as Bankruptcy Auction Yields Multiple Buyers [UPDATEDx2]

#51 Posted by tourgen (4432 posts) -

Well at least deep silver takes some chances. The news could have been much worse. Actually this could turn out kind of cool for everyone.

#52 Posted by MetalGearSunny (6987 posts) -

@a5ehren said:

@400lb_Gorilla said:

Not sure how I feel about Deep Silver getting Saints Row.

Even beyond the recent controversy, they have a pretty bad history of publishing bad games. I can't imagine Volition will get a bigger budget or anything.

Koch Media bought them, the parent company. Deep Silver doesn't have Saints Row, unless Koch Media is all "Here, Deep Silver people, make Saints Row," I don't believe that's the case. I could be wrong, but reading it makes it seem like they're gonna let Volition operate on their own.

#53 Posted by abdo (1037 posts) -

I should've known Sega's situation wasn't as bad as it seemed to be, since they have enough money to acquire Relic. I guess there's still hope for Yakuza 5 to reach these shores.

#54 Posted by wumbo3000 (943 posts) -

How do you pronounce KOCH? Because if you pronounce it "cock," then I'm glad they bought Volition.

#55 Posted by a5ehren (62 posts) -

@tourgen said:

Well at least deep silver takes some chances. The news could have been much worse. Actually this could turn out kind of cool for everyone.

Only if Deep Silver commits to making Volition their flagship developer (and funds them accordingly) and keeps them intact. Most of their history is making cheap shovelware from European dev houses.

#56 Posted by LarcenousLaugh (69 posts) -

Wonder how many lay offs? Hopefully those folks will get picked up quick.

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#57 Posted by UltimAXE (373 posts) -

Kind of shocked that Vigil hasn't been picked up yet. They're a talented team.

As for Saints Row, well, I hope that it works out okay. A no-name publisher buying a fairly recognizable franchise like that has me worried that the next entry won't get the backing that it needs/deserves.

#58 Posted by isomeri (1226 posts) -

I hope that Vigil will stay alive in some form.

#59 Posted by Atary77 (502 posts) -

Part of me just can't help but feel sad that THQ is really gone. Goodbye old friend.

#60 Posted by Zippedbinders (983 posts) -

At least Koch/Deep Silver aren't Ubisoft, EA, or Activision. There's a lot less to worry about then. Sega getting Relic makes sense, they already have Creative Assembly.

I'm really worried about Vigil though, I hope those guys are fine.

#61 Posted by Barrock (3525 posts) -

@WinterSnowblind said:

@Seedofpower said:

Thank god. No EA, I was getting worried.

Apparently EA got the WWE licence.

I read the opposite.

#62 Posted by Mister_V (1229 posts) -

@wumbo3000: Like the Drink.

#63 Posted by Lukeweizer (2616 posts) -

No word on Double Fine getting Costume Quest and Stacking?

#64 Posted by SuperSmashSnake (38 posts) -

I really hope they take good care of Saints Row.

#65 Posted by Milkman (16541 posts) -
#66 Posted by Vinny_Says (5691 posts) -

Isn't it Crytek's thing to put the word "cry" in their games (far cry, crysis) what the hell are they going to do with homefront?

Also come on somebody buy Vigil pleaase

#67 Posted by Stimpack (816 posts) -

Also it's fucking hilarious that Koch Media, the guys that everyone is always absolutely disgusted with is picking up Saints Row, the most disgusting game that everyone loves to death. Including myself.

#68 Posted by abdo (1037 posts) -

@wumbo3000: hate to disappoint you, but it's "coke"

#69 Posted by TepidShark (1058 posts) -

@wumbo3000 said:

How do you pronounce KOCH? Because if you pronounce it "cock," then I'm glad they bought Volition.

I believe it is "Coke." If Koch means the Koch Brothers then it is definitely pronounced "Coke."

#70 Posted by MattGrant (122 posts) -

For those concerned with Volition's fate I think it should be noted that Deep Silver did not acquire Volition, its parent company did. A minor distinction some might say, but were Zenimax to have bought Volition it would not mean Arkane would have any interaction with the Saints Row IP. Which is to say that this doesn't mean Deep Silver specifically has acquired Volition. At least that is my understanding, I might have it wrong. Feel free to correct/berate me.

#71 Edited by Shortbreadtom (688 posts) -

22.3 MILLION IS NOT ENOUGH FOR SAINTS ROW.

NOTHING IS GOOD ENOUGH FOR SAINTS ROW.

I don't know how I feel about Koch buying Volition. They certainly haven't been making a good name of themselves in the press lately... if they're smart they'll leave Volition to go bat-shit crazy on the Next Great Sequel in the Saints Row Franchise, and won't interfere with... dismembered, bikini clad... dildos?

Also, so long THQ. You published some great games, but what were you thinking with U-Dra... you know what I won't rub it in. Goodnight sweet prince.

#72 Posted by a5ehren (62 posts) -

@MetalGearSunny said:

@a5ehren said:

@400lb_Gorilla said:

Not sure how I feel about Deep Silver getting Saints Row.

Even beyond the recent controversy, they have a pretty bad history of publishing bad games. I can't imagine Volition will get a bigger budget or anything.

Koch Media bought them, the parent company. Deep Silver doesn't have Saints Row, unless Koch Media is all "Here, Deep Silver people, make Saints Row," I don't believe that's the case. I could be wrong, but reading it makes it seem like they're gonna let Volition operate on their own.

Deep Silver is Koch Media's video game publishing arm. There's nowhere else to put them under - Volition will be a dev house like Techland is for Dead Island.

#73 Posted by kerse (2103 posts) -

Koch Media huh, didn't expect that.

#74 Posted by jimmyfenix (3837 posts) -

end of an era

#75 Posted by TadThuggish (906 posts) -

Reminder: Deep Silver published Singles: Flirt Up Your Life.

#76 Posted by a5ehren (62 posts) -

@MattGrant said:

For those concerned with Volition's fate I think it should be noted that Deep Silver did not acquire Volition, its parent company did. A minor distinction some might say, but were Zenimax to have bought Volition it would not mean Arkane would have any interaction with the Saints Row IP. Which is to say that this doesn't mean Deep Silver specifically has acquired Volition. At least that is my understanding, I might have it wrong. Feel free to correct/berate me.

It means that Deep Silver will be publishing all of Volition's games, and therefore controlling the budget. Deep Silver is just a publisher, they just happen to only be one wing of a larger company.

#77 Posted by heatDrive88 (2274 posts) -

How the hell has nobody put a bid on Vigil Games at all? Are investors actually THAT scared of championing the Darksiders franchise?

Darksiders 1 was a pretty good home-run hit, and while Darksiders 2 didn't garner the same kind of acclaim, what is it about Vigil Games that is essentially turning it into kryptonite?

#78 Edited by MeatSim (10781 posts) -

Besides Ubisoft getting THQ Montreal, I don't think anyone could have predicted these other buyers.

#79 Edited by isomeri (1226 posts) -

@TepidShark said:

@wumbo3000 said:

How do you pronounce KOCH? Because if you pronounce it "cock," then I'm glad they bought Volition.

I believe it is "Coke." If Koch means the Koch Brothers then it is definitely pronounced "Coke."

I do believe that this Koch Media has nothing to do with the Koch brothers. Luckily.

#80 Posted by iAmJohn (6110 posts) -

@a5ehren said:

@400lb_Gorilla said:

Not sure how I feel about Deep Silver getting Saints Row.

Even beyond the recent controversy, they have a pretty bad history of publishing bad games. I can't imagine Volition will get a bigger budget or anything.

Honestly, I think Deep Silver is probably the perfect fit for Saints Row and Volition all things considered. They're a publisher who's shown with Dead Island that they know how to handle a B-tier game with A-tier aspirations. That's pretty much exactly how I see Saints Row - it's cheaper to make because Volition's in the middle of nowhere but built on good technology because they're talented and can get more out of spending a little, and Deep Silver can focus on spending more money on selling the game and the weird periphery licensing things like The Third's stuff with Adult Swim. A bigger publisher wouldn't know what to do with Saints Row; it's big enough to be successful and a name people know and like, but niche enough that fucking with the formula too much to try and mainstream it some is liable to ruin everything people liked about SR2 and SRTT.

#81 Posted by RandomInternetUser (6789 posts) -

Vigil seemed like a great studio; I hope everything turns out alright for them.

#82 Posted by fargofallout (277 posts) -

I guess I don't know enough about these companies to say how I feel about any of this. I hope Saints Row 4 will still exist and is still awesome. I also hope Ubisoft can't fuck up South Park with their anti-PC bullshit. Other than that...meh. Too bad about Vigil.

#83 Posted by JacDG (2114 posts) -

@Vinny_Says said:

Isn't it Crytek's thing to put the word "cry" in their games (far cry, crysis) what the hell are they going to do with homefront?

Also come on somebody buy Vigil pleaase

rename it: Cryfront, Homecry, A Cry from the Homefront, Cry Home, Frontcry. Homefront 2: More Crying.

#84 Posted by avantegardener (1111 posts) -

Toodle pips Toy Head Quarters, maybe next time don't pour all you money into digital etch-a-sketch.

#85 Posted by hermes (1387 posts) -

@wumbo3000 said:

How do you pronounce KOCH? Because if you pronounce it "cock," then I'm glad they bought Volition.

I pronounce it Kosh, which makes me think of

But I could be wrong...

#86 Posted by Seedofpower (3925 posts) -

@a5ehren said:

@Seedofpower said:

Thank god. No EA, I was getting worried.

You should check out Deep Silver's publishing history before you say that.

That was a reference to the franchise I care about.

#87 Posted by TheGorilla (228 posts) -

I hope Volition is supported and that Vigil is able to find a home before there is nothing left of that company. I was kind of hoping EA might pick something up from this but that's just because I think EA has a terrible game lineup right now and I wanted some developer to step in and teach them how to make interesting games again.

#88 Posted by MetalGearSunny (6987 posts) -

@a5ehren said:

@MetalGearSunny said:

@a5ehren said:

@400lb_Gorilla said:

Not sure how I feel about Deep Silver getting Saints Row.

Even beyond the recent controversy, they have a pretty bad history of publishing bad games. I can't imagine Volition will get a bigger budget or anything.

Koch Media bought them, the parent company. Deep Silver doesn't have Saints Row, unless Koch Media is all "Here, Deep Silver people, make Saints Row," I don't believe that's the case. I could be wrong, but reading it makes it seem like they're gonna let Volition operate on their own.

Deep Silver is Koch Media's video game publishing arm. There's nowhere else to put them under - Volition will be a dev house like Techland is for Dead Island.

Oh, okay. Still though - I think they might be okay with them. But we'll see.

#89 Posted by wh1terav3n (656 posts) -
Crytek has purchased the rights to the Homefront franchise for some reason.

Probably because they're developing Homefront 2.

#90 Posted by Shortbreadtom (688 posts) -

@wumbo3000: Strap it on.

#91 Posted by JMitch (12 posts) -

I only hope this leads to saints branded tit statues....fingers crossed

#92 Posted by FierceDeity (358 posts) -

@TepidShark said:

@wumbo3000 said:

How do you pronounce KOCH? Because if you pronounce it "cock," then I'm glad they bought Volition.

I believe it is "Coke." If Koch means the Koch Brothers then it is definitely pronounced "Coke."

Just to clarify (during the Bombcast they also had this misunderstanding) Koch Media has nothing to do with the Koch brothers.

#93 Posted by Chicken008 (330 posts) -

That's a lot of dollars.

#94 Posted by sofakingcool (354 posts) -

my favorite part of this story is "Crytek has purchased the rights to the Homefront franchise for some reason." laughed my ass off!

#95 Posted by PimblyCharles (1319 posts) -

Thanks for the update Alex! This is pretty sad, as THQ was one of the few publishers I didn't hate with passion. We all knew it was coming though,

#96 Posted by flufflogic (289 posts) -

@MeatSim: @MeatSim said:

Besides Ubisoft getting THQ Montreal, I don't think anyone could have predicated these other buyers.

Sega were PERFECT for Relic. Now they have Creative Assembly, Relic and Sports Interactive, pretty much owning PC strategy.

#97 Posted by Ares42 (2591 posts) -

Although I hate to say it, I can't imagine anyone has much interest in Vigil and Darksiders. At least Homefront has modern military shooter going for it, which will sell even if it's garbage.

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#98 Posted by dinkys (51 posts) -

Deep Silver is Koch Media's video game label.

As long as they give Volition a nice budget to work with and leave them to their own devices, along with a steady marketing campaign, Saints Row 4 should be fine. Here's hoping.

#99 Posted by a5ehren (62 posts) -

@heatDrive88 said:

How the hell has nobody put a bid on Vigil Games at all? Are investors actually THAT scared of championing the Darksiders franchise?

Darksiders 1 was a pretty good home-run hit, and while Darksiders 2 didn't garner the same kind of acclaim, what is it about Vigil Games that is essentially turning it into kryptonite?

Neither of those games sold nearly well enough for a publisher looking to make money to greenlight the 3rd one.

#100 Posted by Suits (239 posts) -
@Rincewind: I wouldn't call the Total War franchise, published by SEGA, ruined either.

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