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Post by Killswitchmad on Wed 23 Jan 2013 - 21:26

Following THQ’s auction of its assets, the new homes of THQ franchises are slowly being revealed. Koch Media, Take-Two, Ubisoft and SEGA are among the potential new owners of THQ’s intellectual property and studios.

It's worth noting that all of these sales are pending approval from U.S. bankruptcy court and nothing is finalized yet. A hearing is currently underway in Delaware.

•SEGA has agreed to purchase Relic, developer of Company of Heroes and Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War.
•Koch Media (owner of Dead Island publisher Deep Silver) has agreed to purchase Saints Row developer Volition as well as the publishing rights to the Metro franchise.
•Crytek, who is currently developing Homefront 2, has purchased the rights to the Homefront franchise.
•Take-Two (parent company of 2K and Rockstar) has agreed to purchase Turtle Rock Studios’ project codenamed Evolve. (Update: While Take Two was initially rumored to have acquired Darksiders publisher Vigil, it has since been revealed that this isn't the case)
•Ubisoft has purchased the rights to publish South Park: The Stick of Truth (pending any further objections from South Park Studios) as well as THQ Montreal, the current developer of Assassin’s Creed creator Patrice Desilets’ project codenamed 1666.

According to Distressed Debt Investing, Ubisoft paid $3.2 million for South Park and $2.5 million for THQ Montreal, Koch Media paid $5.8 million for Metro and $22.3 million for Volition and Crytek paid $500,000 for Homefront. No bids were placed for Vigil.

Polygon reports that SEGA bid $26.6 million for Relic, and a second-place bid came from Bethesda parent company ZeniMax Media, who offered $26.3 million. The site also reports that Take-Two paid $10.8 million for Evolve, with a second place bid for $250,000 coming from Turtle Rock itself.

Many THQ employees, meanwhile, have reportedly lost their jobs based on early reports on Twitter.

Assets including Darksiders studio Vigil and have not been acquired. The future home of the WWE franchise has yet to be disclosed.

We’ve reached out to all parties and will continue to update this story with comments and confirmation we receive.

IGN wishes the best of luck to anyone affected by today's news.




To All THQ Employees:

We now have the answers we've been seeking through our financial restructuring and Chapter 11 case. While much will be written, here are the facts of the bids and auction that occurred t:

•Yesterday morning, we received a competing bid for the operating business, along with Clearlake's offer, and numerous offers for separate assets.

• During an auction process that lasted over 22 hours, the final conclusion was that the separate-asset bids would net more than a single buyer for the majority of the company.

•Shortly, we will, present the results to the U.S. Bankruptcy Court, which must concur with our assessment.

•The proposed sales of multiple assets is as follows :


• Sega agreed to purchase Relic
• Koch Media agreed to purchase Volition and Metro
• Crytek agreed to purchase Homefront
• Take 2 agreed purchase Evolve and
• Ubisoft agreed to purchase Montreal and South Park

We expect these sales to close this week.

Some assets, including our publishing businesses and Vigil, along with some other intellectual properties are not included in the sale agreements. They will remain part of the Chapter 11 case. We will make every effort to find appropriate buyers, if possible.

What this means for employees

We expect that most employees of the entities included in the sale will be offered employment by the new owners. However, we cannot say what these owners may intend, and there will likely be some positions that will not be needed under the new ownership. You should receive notice this week or early next week if the new owners intend to extend employment to you. Please note that the terms of your new employment, including pay and benefits, may be different from the current terms of your employment with THQ.

If you are an employee of an entity that is not included in the sale, we regret that your position will end. A small number of our headquarters staff will continue to be employed by THQ beyond January 25 to assist with the transition. THQ has sufficient resources to pay these employees for work going forward, and we will be contacting these employees immediately to ensure their continued employment during this transition period. We are requesting the ability to offer certain severance pay to minimize disruption for employees of non-included entities as they determine the next steps in their careers.

We know you will have many questions about this news. We'll be meeting tomorrow when we return to talk through this announcement and to answer any questions you have. You will receive a benefits fact sheet and FAQs with answers to some questions that may be on your mind. Please review these materials closely.

A personal note

The work that you all have done as part of the THQ family is imaginative, creative, artistic and highly valued by our loyal gamers. We are proud of what we have accomplished despite today's outcome.

It has been our privilege to work alongside the entire THQ team. While the company will cease to exist, we are heartened that the majority of our studios and games will continue under new ownership. We were hoping that the entire company would remain intact, but we expect to hear good news from each of the separate entities that will be operating as part of new organizations.

For those THQ employees who are part of entities that are not included in the sale, we are confident that the talent you have displayed as part of THQ will be recognized as you take the next steps in your career.

Thank you all for your dedication and for sharing your talent with the THQ team. We wish you the best of luck and hope you will keep in touch.

Sincerely,

Brian Farrell Chief Executive Officer

Jason Rubin President


Very very sad to see Vigil left by the wayside here, both Darksiders games were some of the best this generation....
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Post by Waylander FWG on Wed 23 Jan 2013 - 21:31

Totally agree with you there Tom, Darksiders was excellent and I finished it not long ago. I havent played number 2 yet but would have assumed there would be at least 4 games in total? A game for each of the 4 horseman

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Post by Killswitchmad on Wed 23 Jan 2013 - 21:35

It is mate and yeah it was originally planned as a 4 part series, hopefully someone will step up to the plate during the chapter 11 proceedings and nab them.....
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Post by N1NJA FWG on Thu 24 Jan 2013 - 8:54

Crytek have pulled a very canny move here getting Homefront for such a low price. The first one was average at best but it had an interesting enough premise and ended that early that a sequel in the right hands should result in a decent game.

I only briefly tried it (well after the launch of the game) when I had it on rental but the multiplayer was half decent on it so it does have some potential.

Koch Media may have paid a lot but they have 2 decent franchises on their hands now and most likely have 2 games that are close to launch so could see quite a quick return on their investment

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Post by N1NJA FWG on Thu 24 Jan 2013 - 13:13

Killswitchmad wrote:It is mate and yeah it was originally planned as a 4 part series, hopefully someone will step up to the plate during the chapter 11 proceedings and nab them.....

Apparently Platinum Games (Vanquish, Bayonetta & Metal Gear Rising) are interested in picking up the Darksiders license....

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Post by Waylander FWG on Thu 24 Jan 2013 - 17:18

Ahh Vanquish and Bayonetta were both quality, so hope this one comes off.


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Post by N1NJA FWG on Thu 24 Jan 2013 - 20:04

They certainly know how to turn out a sharp action game so they could be a perfect fit

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