THQ has gone up for auction and has mostly been sold, but who won what?
The smallest purchase was from Crytek, picking up the rights to Homefront for US$544,218, with Ubisoft acquiring THQ Montreal for plus the 1666 and Underdog IPs for US$2.5 million. Ubisoft also placed a US$3.3 million bid for South Park: The Stick of Truth, however this is being contested by South Park Studios.
Meanwhile, SEGA has forked out US$26.6 million for all of Relic Entertainment, while Bethesda's owners Zenimax missed out by US$300,000. Take Two Interactive picked up the publishing rights for Evolve, formerly of Turtle Rock Studios, for US$10.89 million.
However, Darksiders developer Vigil Games was left without a bidder. In a letter to former THQ employees, CEO Brian Farrell and president Jason Rubin stated that "Some assets, including our publishing businesses and Vigil, along with some other intellectual properties are not included in the sale agreements." They added that "They will remain part of the Chapter 11 case. We will make every effort to find appropriate buyers, if possible."
Ex-Vigil staff have taken to Twitter to say goodbye to the company.
It's been great almost 2 years with THQ... Best of luck to all my awesome co-workers, we know how close we were to rocking it big time.
— Mathew Everett (@sledgehammer70) January 23, 2013
There was a shimmer on a slither of hope, that at one point, there'd be a Darksiders III: 4 Player Co-Op; It rode off into the sunset today.
— Haydn Dalton (@haydndalton) January 24, 2013