The THQ firesale netted a windfall for the German media group.
Auctioning off the pieces of THQ has made for some strange bedfellows. One of the weirdest combinations is Koch Media's acquisition of the Chicago game development studio Volition, as well as the IP to Saints Row and Metro 2033/Last Light. The German Koch Media formed a gaming publisher called Deep Silver in 2002 and has published hundreds of games since then, most notably Dead Island last year. Koch Media bid $22.3 million to snap up Volition, and it plans to fully support the franchises going forward into the next generation of consoles.
"Deep Silver is perfectly positioned to lead these brands into the next generation of interactive entertainment for fans around the world," said Dr. Klemens Kundratitz, CEO of Koch Media GmbH.
Deep Silver head Geoff Mulligan had more to say about his gaming tastes. "These franchises hold a special place in the hearts and minds of anyone who loves exceptional video games," he said.
I'm not sure exactly how I feel about THQ falling apart so spectacularly, but I'm glad at least both these franchises have a home. Hopefully this sale won't impact the developers at Volition too much and they can continue making great games.