Bankruptcy Court Approves THQ Sale

Bankruptcy Court Approves THQ Sale

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Several of THQ's properties have been officially sold off to other publishers.

THQ's rocky journey ended yesterday when its properties and studios were sold off to separate buyers at a bankruptcy auction. Ubisoft, Koch Media, and Sega were among the buyers, while some titles, Vigil Games, and THQ's publishing division went unsold. The U.S. Bankruptcy Court granted a motion to approve the sale today, essentially making it official.

The troubled publisher dodged rumors of an ominous financial situation for years before filing for bankruptcy in December; President Jason Rubin called it "a new start." He hoped to sell the publisher intact to the Clearlake Capital Group, but during the auction process it was decided that selling assets off separately would net more money.

Ubisoft and German publisher Koch Media (owners of Deep Silver) announced their THQ acquisitions in press releases yesterday; Ubisoft stated that South Park: The Stick of Truth was still due out in calendar 2013, and Koch Media, new owner of the Saints Row and Metro series, said "Deep Silver is perfectly positioned to lead these brands into the next generation of interactive entertainment."

The closing of THQ, which was founded in 1989, marks the end of an era in the gaming industry, though at least some pieces of the publisher will be kept intact. The new owners' long-term plans remain to be seen, but it appears at least several of THQ's games in development will eventually see the light of day.

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Sarah LeBoeuf:
Ubisoft stated that South Park: The Stick of Truth was still due out in calendar 2013

Read: "We need to delay its release so we can stuff it full of our shitty DRM and make Uplay mandatory. Because we know our customers and they're all dirty, thieving pirates; even if they've legally purchased our product."

That game is doomed now, it couldn't have been sold to a worse company. I only hope Matt and Trey's legal team is able to wrench it from Ubisoft's idiotic hands before it's broken beyond repair.

Sega now owns both Creative Assembly and Relic, two of the premier RTS developers. Makes me wonder how much money they make off PC exclusive games.

KeyMaster45:

Sarah LeBoeuf:
Ubisoft stated that South Park: The Stick of Truth was still due out in calendar 2013

Read: "We need to delay its release so we can stuff it full of our shitty DRM and make Uplay mandatory. Because we know our customers and they're all dirty, thieving pirates; even if they've legally purchased our product."

That game is doomed now, it couldn't have been sold to a worse company. I only hope Matt and Trey's legal team is able to wrench it from Ubisoft's idiotic hands before it's broken beyond repair.

Obsidian just can't catch a break with publishers, eh?

This sucks man, I was looking forward to Stick of Truth. Now it'll most likely have Uplay shoved on it. God dammit...

Leftnt Sharpe:
Sega now owns both Creative Assembly and Relic, two of the premier RTS developers. Makes me wonder how much money they make off PC exclusive games.

Well, I'm pretty sure Total War is one of the few things making them a good amount of money these days, so quite a bit, probably.

Irridium:
Obsidian sure can't catch a break with publishers, eh?

Why do you think they went for Kickstarter. =p

KeyMaster45:

Sarah LeBoeuf:
Ubisoft stated that South Park: The Stick of Truth was still due out in calendar 2013

Read: "We need to delay its release so we can stuff it full of our shitty DRM and make Uplay mandatory. Because we know our customers and they're all dirty, thieving pirates; even if they've legally purchased our product."

That game is doomed now, it couldn't have been sold to a worse company. I only hope Matt and Trey's legal team is able to wrench it from Ubisoft's idiotic hands before it's broken beyond repair.

Hit the nail on the head. I'm a huge south park fan and I couldn't wait to give this game my money. Now I could care less about what Ubisoft wants to stuff into the game that is unnecessary bloatware and DRM. Hell I wouldn't be surprised to see microtransactions in there for the hell of it.

I can't believe that someone would buy homefront but no one wanted darksiders..

And cue 90% of comments on how Ubisoft will ruin everything

But nobody's thinking about the fate of Dark Millennium. We were finally getting a Warhammer 40K Action-RPG dammit!

kaizen2468:
I can't believe that someone would buy homefront but no one wanted darksiders..

That's the most upsetting thing about all this for me. I really like the Darksiders games. I wanted to see what they were going to do with the series next. As of now it looks like the franchise is on ice indefinitely.

irishda:
And cue 90% of comments on how Ubisoft will ruin everything

But nobody's thinking about the fate of Dark Millennium. We were finally getting a Warhammer 40K Action-RPG dammit!

I think of that... a lot. Itīs a damned shame! Hopefully SEGA will do more with the franchise than THQ did.
Fingers crossed, eh? :-)

Also, while Ubi has a bit of a douchy approach to itīs pc clientel, they do deliver on the games, (mostly) so probably all will be well with the stuff they bought.

Kielgasten:

irishda:
And cue 90% of comments on how Ubisoft will ruin everything

But nobody's thinking about the fate of Dark Millennium. We were finally getting a Warhammer 40K Action-RPG dammit!

I think of that... a lot. Itīs a damned shame! Hopefully SEGA will do more with the franchise than THQ did.
Fingers crossed, eh? :-)

Also, while Ubi has a bit of a douchy approach to itīs pc clientel, they do deliver on the games, (mostly) so probably all will be well with the stuff they bought.

Yeah, notice no one brings up how much Ubisoft has ruined their lives whenever anything Watch Dogs related or Far Cry 3 comes up.

Sure hope Ubisoft doesn't push back Stick of Truth that much. Since most of it should be done by now, seeing as how the release date was originally just over a month away. March 5th I think it was?

well this explains that crazy deal on the THQ pack during the last big Steam Sale. I picked that up on the last day because shit, why not? $25 for a LOT of games, even though I already had the WH40K stuff.

So, Relic ended up with Sega, good, I like that company. However, did any of Relic's IPs (or THQ's, I guess, not sure how they handled IPs), make it with the sale? I still hold vain hope for Homeworld 3.

EmperorZuma:
So, Relic ended up with Sega, good, I like that company. However, did any of Relic's IPs (or THQ's, I guess, not sure how they handled IPs), make it with the sale? I still hold vain hope for Homeworld 3.

The auction for the Homeworld IP will occour at a later date.

http://www.escapistmagazine.com/news/view/121689-Indie-Developer-Tries-to-Salvage-Homeworld-From-THQ

Not sure what to think

South Park stick of truth i was looking forward to but now UBI has gotten its mitts on it... im not so sure, think ill hold off and wait on reviews.

Relic and all Warhammer related things being owned by SEGA i think im okay with, as long as Relic keeps putting out games im happy.

Metro last light... :( I dont know Koch, i hope they do the licence justice

 

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