THQ Auctions Off Remaining IPs

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Nghtgnt:
It's odd, so often game publishers are viewed as villains (EA, Activision), when did Sega, which definitely has been around long enough and has been big enough to earn animosity, become someone we root for?

Well, I don't really "root" for Sega. It's just that they own Creative Assembly but don't seem to get in the way of things too much. You know, kinda like publishers used to be in the good old days. At leats that how it looks from the outside, I don't really know how much creative control do CA have.

Also, Relic could've been bought by EA, the guys who made Bioware develop an MMO.

Hopefully these IPs will be bought by someone that will open a kickstarter.

Norrdicus:

Yellowfish:
The company that made Titan Quest isn't around anymore IIRC, so I guess I don't care much about who exactly buys it.

Well actually, they are around in a sense as Crate Entertainment.

They're the ones making Grim Dawn, which is "Titan Quest With Lovecraft". They posted the first bit of artwork on the TQ forums right around when Iron Lore went under

that actually sounds pretty cool ty for the info.

OT: I wonder if Bliz is gonna buy Titan quest so they can rape it.. I mean make another one? or just to bury the franchise so they have less competition.

tmande2nd:
UP next:
EA BUYS OUT HOMEWORLD AND TURNS IT INTO A FPS WITH TACKED ON MULTIPLAYER!

Search your feelings you know it o be true.

Great comment looooooooooool I could see them breaking it alright, maybe a decent development team might get their hands on it (you never know the boss could be a big fan of homeworld) and make another belter of a game I really enjoyed the other ones. Great space sims are rather few and far between, frontier conquest wars was pretty good if a bit silly at times, I'm playing sword of the stars at the moment and I'm really enjoying it a large enough game could last for weeks if you wanted it too.

Re-playability is also very high as it has a dynamic tech tree so each time you never get the same stuff you had in your last game, for example heavy lasers are great for destroying big ships but if you don't get them you may have to resort to large torpedoes attached to your capital ships or cover your dreadnaughts with masses of large caliber guns... mmm I might go and play it now

Someone pick up Vigil games so we may have the slightest chance at getting Dark Millennium. But you know what they say; "Expect the worst, hope for the best."

Although I am fairly sure Vigil has already been disbanded.

I would love to know what the heck is happening with South Park. I just want that game to exist, so that I can buy the collector's whatever edition. I'll break on that one, season pass, pre-order, limited special edition, whatever you got.

Ethan Bewley:
Someone pick up Vigil games so we may have the slightest chance at getting Dark Millennium. But you know what they say; "Expect the worst, hope for the best."

Although I am fairly sure Vigil has already been disbanded.

I might be remembering this wrong but didn't Crytek buy Vigil?

tmande2nd:
UP next:
EA BUYS OUT HOMEWORLD AND TURNS IT INTO A FPS WITH TACKED ON MULTIPLAYER!

Search your feelings you know it o be true.

If that happens you will die a horrible horrible death...... and it looks like I'd need to join the end of a line :-P

Relic/Sega grab homeworld for the good of humanity!

Yellowfish:

Nghtgnt:
It's odd, so often game publishers are viewed as villains (EA, Activision), when did Sega, which definitely has been around long enough and has been big enough to earn animosity, become someone we root for?

Well, I don't really "root" for Sega. It's just that they own Creative Assembly but don't seem to get in the way of things too much. You know, kinda like publishers used to be in the good old days. At leats that how it looks from the outside, I don't really know how much creative control do CA have.

Also, Relic could've been bought by EA, the guys who made Bioware develop an MMO.

Ahem.

In particular, a few key quotes from the article.

"Whispers of a KOTOR MMO began back in March 2006, when Bioware opened a satellite studio dedicated solely to an unnamed massively multiplayer online role-playing project. Leading the new operation were James Ohlen, lead designer of the original KOTOR, and Richard Vogel, former vice president of product development at Sony Online Entertainment, developer of the only current LucasArts MMORPG, Star Wars Galaxies."

"'Doing an MMO is something we've wanted to do for probably over a decade', he [Ray Muzyka] said. 'We wanted to wait until we had the right partners, the right team, and the right IP.'"

Yep, sure sounds like EA forced them to do it. Those bastards actually went back in time a year before they got a hold of Bioware as well, just to divert suspicion.

OT: As long as Darksiders gets purchased, and someone with talent for sandbox games gets Destroy All Humans, I'm good.

I lost all hope for homeworld a while ago, as sad as it is THQs downfall my lead to its revival. One can hope.

Here's hoping Relic can get its baby back.

Homeworld was a hell of a good game.

1337mokro:
Actually.

If they don't get bought. Does this mean they enter public property? Wouldn't that be a good thing? If everyone could make awesome games using these IP's as a basis?

Oh who am I kidding of course not. The evil empire of the Mouse made sure that could never happen again. Gotta make the moneys.

Well, at some point, any IP becomes buyable. I mean, we have people in this thread offering joke amounts for them. I would pay $100 to buy up the Homeworld license just to say I own it, for example. Of course I would then set it free but yeah.

Timothy Chang:
THQ Auctions Off Remaining IPs

THQ claims to have received "more than 100 expressions of interest in purchasing various titles", and is expecting a "vigorous" sale for its remaining intellectual assets.

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They must be desperate to try and up the bidding. "Expression of interest" /= commitment to buy. By saying this publicly they are lowering expectations for prospective companies to get something on the cheap. And trying to make others offer more to secure the IP.

Has everything been settled between South Park Studios, THQ and Ubisoft over The Stick of Truth? I haven't heard anything yet.

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