- Relic Entertainment (Company of Heroes, Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War) went to Sega for $26.6 million , with Zenimax Media (owners of id Studios and Bethesda) kept as reserve after bidding .3 million less.
- Koch Media, which publishes games under the Deep Silver label, will acquire Volition (Saint’s Row) and the Metro franchise.
- Evolve, the new property from Turtle Rock Studios (co-creators of Left 4 Dead) was purchased by Take-Two Interactive, for a long time THQ’s closest competitor in the second tier of US publishers, for $10.894 million. Turtle Rock had perhaps hoped to escape notice, as their game was in its early stages, and had put in a $250,000 bid for the property themselves.
- The Homefront IP – based on John Milius’ concept of a United States under occupation – was purchased by Crytek, whose UK division had ben contracted to produce Homefront 2. The $544,218 fee seems low for a banner IP, but Homefront‘s underperformance in the market would have affected the cost: one is buying an IP, but also a considerable marketing challenge.
- Publishing rights for South Park: The Stick of Truth,which is preparing for launch on March 5, was purchased by Ubisoft for $3,265,306
- THQ Montreal – the first organically-grown (rather than acquired) THQ studio in North America, and its largest, was also purchased by Ubisoft, which already has a significant presence in Montreal. With no titles in the works, this can be seen as an opportunity to acquire a lot of talent relatively cheaply at $2.5 million.
Darksiders series, the Red Faction series and the WWE series have still to find homes.
THQ, established in 1989 to produce toys and videogames, had a well-deserved reputation in the early days. Recently THQ have been winning acclaim for its Saints Row, Darksiders and Metro series. It opened a Montreal development studio and hired Patrice Desilets, creative director of Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed, to run it. It published several of Double Fine’s games and signed Tomonobu Itagaki (Ninja Gaiden) and Guillermo Del Toro for high-profile game projects.