Today has been a little bit of a roller coaster day for videogaming.
First and foremost, the publisher THQ is no more. Some of its assets are currently being sold, with deals hopefully being finalised by the end of the week. Thanks to various blogs and a letter from THQ’s CEO and President we can confirm the following developers/IPs could be working with new publishers very soon:
Relic Entertainment, the devs behind the award winning strategy games Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War 2 and Company of Heroes look like they are being purchased by SEGA. The fate of the Warhammer 40,000 license is currently unknown, although lets not forget Creative Assembly (also owned by SEGA) are busy creating a ‘Total War’ style title with the Warhammer license (that is the Fantasy miniatures variant of Warhammer, 40,000 being more Sci-Fi).
Koch Media, a publisher with big ambitions, could well be the new owners of Volition (Saints Row) and the Metro IP. Saints Row: The Third did very well at retail while the Metro series is gaining popularity thanks to a cult following of the first title, Metro 2033 and the early videos and previews for its upcoming sequel, The Last Light. A surprise this one, as a large number of people of whom I’ve spoken too all imagined EA trying to purchase the Saints Row license (myself included).
Take-Two are hoping to acquire Evolve, a title being developed by Turtle Rock Studios (Left 4 Dead 2 and Counter Strike Source). All we know so far is that it’s a multiplayer shooter.
Ubisoft have one hand on THQ’s Montreal studio and another on the new South Park game, The Stick of Truth, which is looking superb so far. Regarding the Montreal studio, a number of the devs working at that studio previously worked for Ubisoft (on the Assassin Creed series).
So, what of other THQ IPs?
Darksiders is rumoured to have been purchased by Take-Two, but its studio Vigil appeared to have no bids and it now seems like the studio is to close. Vigil were also working on a new project entitled Crawlers and Warhammer 40,000: Dark Millenium (originally an MMO that was switched to a single-player title). Those two projects are MIA currently.
The WWE franchise could be heading to EA. This isn’t confirmed yet.
Other assets are still under negotiation. We are likely to see the full story later in the week.
MCV are updating their news story with facts and figures from the prospective sales.
Its sad to see another name in videogames going under, and I think I speak for everyone connected to games (gamers, writers…everyone) when I say good luck to all those who have sadly lost jobs today.
In other, happier news…
Nintendo held a conference today which announced updates for the Wii U, which will include faster menu times when browsing the eShop, Wii U Home Menu and Miiverse.
They also showed off new footage of The Wonderful 101 (from Platinum Games) and announced a new title, X, from Monolith Soft (of Xenoblade Chronicles fame). New behind the scenes footage of Bayonetta 2 was also featured. VG247 have complied all the videos in one handy post, which can be found here.
Zelda fans rejoice! The video below features some information on the brand new Zelda title which is in production. Eiji Aonuma hints at a more ‘open’ title, as well as more multiplayer content. The video also shows off screen grabs from a HD remake of The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker, originally a title on the Nintendo Gamecube. It looks superb, and shall hopefully be with us in time for Christmas. Enough talking about the video, check it out for yourselves.