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THQ Games To Be Auctioned Off Separately

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While THQ’s financial woes were no secret, last month’s news of their filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy did catch the gaming world by surprise.  The publisher entered into a bidding agreement to sell all game licenses, studios, and assets to Clearlake Capital Group for approximately $60 million.  That sum included a $10 million note to pay off THQ’s long list of creditors and investors.  However, complaints were raised that the proposed deal was created more for purpose of keeping THQ’s operations in one piece rather than paying off their debts.  The sale was blocked by a Delaware judge last week, stating that the agreements between THQ and Clearlake did not offer other potential buyers enough time to enter bids.

The drawn out process of THQ’s demise took another step towards some form of closure today.  As reported by Distressed Debt Investing, Clearlake and THQ’s creditors have agreed upon the piecemeal auctioning of THQ’s titles on January 22nd.  That means that each of the publisher’s remaining franchises, including Saints Row, Darksiders, and Homefront, will be sold off individually to the highest bidder.  Reportedly, Ubisoft, Activision, Electronic Arts, and Warner Brothers have all shown an interest in one or more THQ’s game licenses and spent the past weekend researching and preparing bids.

So what are your thoughts, single-players?  It’s unfortunate to see THQ picked apart in this fashion, but where do you think the pieces will end up?  Which publisher do you want to see take over your favorite franchises?  Let us know your thoughts.  In the meantime, we’ll be sure to stay on top of this story and let you know where the pieces falls.

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18 Comments

  1. As long as Ubisoft gets their hands on Homefront, I don&#039t give a rat&#039s ass about the other titles.

  2. I want metro last light to go somewhere, where it wont get fucked up.

  3. I just hope that someone picks up Red Faction and actually does something with it again.

  4. As long as Ubisoft gets their hands on Homefront, I don't give a rat's ass about the other titles.

  5. I want metro last light to go somewhere, where it wont get fucked up.

  6. I just hope that someone picks up Red Faction and actually does something with it again.

  7. Its my hope that Activision/Blizzard picks up the Dawn of War series and Warhammer license. I think with their outstanding work with WoW as an MMO and Starcraft as an RTS, they could do justice to the amazing world of WH40K unlike Relic who frankly in my opinion has only made one good WH40K game: Space Marine.

    1. I&#039m not sure if they&#039re in the bidding war, but I also think 2K would be a good home for the Warhammer franchise. Considering their work with Civ and, more recently, XCOM: Enemy Unknown, the turn-based aspect of WH40K would get the attention it deserves.

  8. Its my hope that Activision/Blizzard picks up the Dawn of War series and Warhammer license. I think with their outstanding work with WoW as an MMO and Starcraft as an RTS, they could do justice to the amazing world of WH40K unlike Relic who frankly in my opinion has only made one good WH40K game: Space Marine.

    1. I'm not sure if they're in the bidding war, but I also think 2K would be a good home for the Warhammer franchise. Considering their work with Civ and, more recently, XCOM: Enemy Unknown, the turn-based aspect of WH40K would get the attention it deserves.

  9. As an update, I also think that Red Faction should get picked up and then returned to Guerrilla&#039s style. And I totaly spaced Metro, which I think will also need to go to Ubisoft. Quite frankly, I like Ubisoft more than all the other publishers here.

  10. One of thq’s many mistakes was trying to turn Red Faction into a Dead Space rip off. Developers continuing to ignore there fan bases in order to try and capitalize on other peoples success needs to change. I play Red Faction Guerrilla almost everyday, and was hart broken when i found out the follow up game, wasn’t Red Faction Guerrilla 2. Which btw was the most successful Red Faction game ever. Its like Zipper Interactive all over again.

  11. Yeah, I&#039d be cautious of anything picked up by Activision or EA. Ubisoft…. there might be potential. Lesser of the evils I guess.

  12. Please don&#039t let EA near Metro 2033: Last Light that is my main concern. I think out of those listed Ubisoft would be best to take over for them.

  13. As an update, I also think that Red Faction should get picked up and then returned to Guerrilla's style. And I totaly spaced Metro, which I think will also need to go to Ubisoft. Quite frankly, I like Ubisoft more than all the other publishers here.

  14. One of thq’s many mistakes was trying to turn Red Faction into a Dead Space rip off. Developers continuing to ignore there fan bases in order to try and capitalize on other peoples success needs to change. I play Red Faction Guerrilla almost everyday, and was hart broken when i found out the follow up game, wasn’t Red Faction Guerrilla 2. Which btw was the most successful Red Faction game ever. Its like Zipper Interactive all over again.

  15. Yeah, I'd be cautious of anything picked up by Activision or EA. Ubisoft…. there might be potential. Lesser of the evils I guess.

  16. Please don't let EA near Metro 2033: Last Light that is my main concern. I think out of those listed Ubisoft would be best to take over for them.

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