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Sega sues THQ for Company of Heroes 2 pre-orders


Wring 'em out
Jul 10
THQ is totally bankrupt, but Sega is still suing them for $941,710.93, to be exact. That is money from Steam pre-orders of Company of Heroes 2.  If you're curious, these Delaware court documents lay it all out. Almo... read
THQ

Nordic hopes to bring back Titan Quest, Deadly Creatures


Yeah, go ahead and do that!
Jun 19
Lately, there's been little talk about Nordic Games' plans for all of those THQ properties it picked up. Last we heard, the company wanted to find other studios that could develop new titles in series like Darksiders, MX vs. ... read
Interplay gets Freespace

Interplay now owns the Freespace IP


The classic space combat sim is back with its original publisher
Jun 07
In this week's episode of The Question, I talked about how much I'd like to see a new Freespace game; now we've gotten an update as to who owns the Freespace IP. Coincidence? Almost certainly. Polygon has discovered that the ... read

Ex-Vigil staffer on what Darksiders III could have been


Four player co-op was always the hope says former creative director
May 31
In an interview with IGN, Ex-Vigil creative director Joe Madureira released a few nuggets of information on what Darksiders III could have been, provided Vigil staff, and not Nordic Games, had won the bidding war. “It w... read
Top 20 of Gen 7

These are the 20 best-selling brands from this gen


They're the best... around...
May 15
[Update: Telltale is mistakenly credited for the LEGO games in the source report, but it should be Traveller's Tales.] French game studio Ubisoft released its fiscal year 2013 earnings earlier today, trumpeting its tidy profi... read
1666 halted

Ubi's production of 1666 halted after firing of Désilets


Ubisoft's actions may be a clever filibuster
May 15
Patrice Désilets says he was fired. Ubisoft says that good faith discussions led to a mutual departure. It's unclear how Désilets and Ubisoft split paths, but it is clear that new chapters are being ad... read
Boivin leaves Ubisoft

Another former THQ employee was fired from Ubisoft


Former Assassin's Creed project manager was 'fired'
May 08
Yesterday Patrice Desiléts, the original creative director for Assassin's Creed, left Ubisoft and today he Tweeted about another Ubisoft employee losing his job. Desiléts shared on his Twitter, "Thinki... read
Patrice Désilets: "I intend to fight Ubisoft"
[Update: Assassin's Creed creative director Patrice Désilets has responded to his departure from Ubisoft, calling it a "baseless" termination. Here's what he told Polygon: "Contrary to any statements made earlier today... read feature

THQ

THQ still owes hundreds of millions to its creditors


And there's a lot of them
Apr 26
If the filed claims are to be believed, THQ owes more than $200 million to various creditors in wake of its recent bankruptcy. Hundreds of parties have been added to the bankruptcy proceedings, many of them claiming several m... read
Office Chat

Discretion is the better part of profiteering


Another casual discussion from the Dtoid news room
Apr 25
We have a lovely new installment of Office Chat for you to enjoy today. Jordan and I are joined by Chris Carter. We talk a little bit about all of those properties Nordic Games scooped up in the final auction of THQ ass... read
THQ properties

Future of Darksiders is uncertain in Nordic Games' hands


No developers, no plans, and maybe not enough money
Apr 24
Nordic who? After announcing publisher Nordic Games gained rights to THQ's Darksiders and Red Faction, I saw many ask who Nordic Games is and what its plans are for these series. I'd reference you to Wikipedia for the first p... read

Grand Theft KIFFLOM, Endless Summer & THQ's Final Auction


The Destructoid Show features very mild nudity
Apr 23
Today on The Destructoid Show, we discuss Grand Theft Auto V's KIFFLOM and Epsilonism, The Endless Summer, a mysterious new Bethesda title that's popped up on the Australian Ratings Classification Board, and Ratchet &am... read
Remaining THQ assets have been auctioned off
Rounding out the sale of THQ's assets, we heard earlier today that Gearbox was able to pick up the rights to Homeworld. Subject to court approval, the remaining groups of intellectual properties have gone to three different c... read feature

Gearbox

Gearbox has rights to classic RTS Homeworld


Plans to bring Homeworld 1 & 2 to digital platforms
Apr 22
Update: Along with Darksiders, Red Faction, and other THQ properties getting picked up by Nordic Games for a cool $4.9 million, it's come to light that Gearbox spent $1.35 million in acquiring Homeworld. Borderlands developer... read
Homeworld

Crowdfunded attempt to buy Homeworld rights unsuccessful


teamPixel offering refunds to those who participated
Apr 19
THQ's auction of certain remaining properties took an interesting turn when a group called teamPixel leveraged crowdfunding in an attempt to bid on the rights to Homeworld. In a Kickstarter update this week, the company ... read
Company of Heroes 2

Company of Heroes 2 CE includes the original game


Plus the two expansions for the first game
Apr 18
Company of Heroes 2 is getting a Collector's Edition, and it's set to include several bonuses such as the original Company of Heroes, including the two original expansions: Opposing Fronts and Tales of Valor. Other bonuses in... read

Crytek USA plans to buy the Darksiders license


'The IP belongs in the hands of its creators'
Mar 28
Word on the street is, while Crytek has no current interest in Darksiders 3, Crytek USA wants the brand anyway. Considering the new company boasts ex-Vigil staff, and is indeed headed by the studio's former boss, it's hardly ... read
Humble Bundle

Humble Mobile Bundle has Metal Slug 3, Plants vs. Zombies


Separate weekly sale once again discounts THQ titles
Mar 26
Humble Bundle has been busy this week with two different promotions. Up first is the Humble Mobile Bundle, which offers Contre Jour, Anomaly Korea, Plants vs. Zombies, and Bladeslinger for Android under the pay-what-you-want ... read
How one f*ck-up can ruin things for everyone
Poor, poor THQ. A series of catastrophic mistakes led to the 23-year-old company's closure earlier this year. Among the more notable mistakes was the uDraw tablet, originally released in 2010 exclusively on Wii where it becam... read feature

Ubisoft

Patrice Desilets has officially returned to Ubisoft


Desilets' return is now confirmed
Mar 14
When THQ's ashes were cast to the wind, the fate of a lot of staff and franchises wasn't clear. One such person was Patrice Desilets, the former lead designer of the first Assassin's Creed games, but today, Ubisoft has c... read
THQ

THQ to auction off Homeworld, Red Faction, and other IPs


Darksiders, Costume Quest, MX series, Destroy All Humans, way more
Feb 27
THQ sold off a majority of their biggest gaming franchises last month, and now they're ready to continue the process with some of their other big titles. THQ intends to sell off their remaining IP in six specific lots: Darks... read
WWE rages on

WWE 2K14 in development at Visual Concepts and Yuke's


Take-Two signs five-year licensing agreement
Feb 20
Following the collapse of THQ, it was rumored that Take-Two Interactive had picked up the rights to the WWE game license, and that is indeed what happened. The five-year agreement will see its first title, WWE 2K14, later thi... read
THQ's downfall

THQ's road to failure recapped in video


'Cheap licensed games aren't going to make it anymore.'
Feb 13
In case you haven't kept up with THQ's bankrupty and process of selling off assets, here's a well researched and edited video that sums things up succinctly. The video comes from George Weidman (bunnyhopshow), who goes over ... read
THQ's downfall

Former THQ president on where the company went wrong


THQ 'had every chance to survive,' says Rubin
Jan 31
While THQ was split up following its Chapter 11 bankruptcy, not all of its properties have been auctioned off yet, and there's still plenty left to say about the now-defunct publisher. MCV ran an insightful piece today coveri... read
From wrestlers to panda-suit-wearing sociopaths
When assessing a publisher's impact on the industry, we tend to focus on the highs rather than consistency. THQ was anything but consistent, putting out Nintendo DS shovelware, rushed licensed games, and taking part in one of... read feature

Disney shuts Junction Point & Crytek USA hires Vigil devs


The Destructoid Show gets super surrious 'bout bizness
Jan 29
Hey gang! Lots of crazy industry news today, which is less fun than actual news about games. Today we've got new BioShock Infinite and SimCity trailers to show off, good news on the THQ/Vigil Homefront, and sad news for Epic Mickey studio Junction Point. Also, Dead Space 3 is getting a bare-bones PC port, and Frostbite 2.0 is coming to Mac! read
Homefront 2

We'll hear more about Homefront 2 'soon,' says Crytek


'We always have and will believe in the potential of the IP'
Jan 28
Following THQ's sale of the Homefront property to Crytek, the exact release window for Homefront 2 might be up in the air. Speaking to VG247, general manager Nick Button-Brown offered a response that reads like satire of this... read

Boob Wars: Colonial Marines, HD Wind Waker & RIP THQ


The Destructoid Show gets weird on Fridays
Jan 25
Hey gang, here's the recording of today's live Destructoid Show! Nintendo Direct happened, so we talked about all of that, and SimCity has new curved roads in it, I hope you're ready for that. That new Aliens: Colonial ... read

Pouring one out for the fallen THQ homies


The final day
Jan 25
The aftermath of THQ's asset sale saw many studios find new homes at various publishers, but not everyone was fortunate enough to be saved. Today is the last day for all employees at THQ proper, and Vigil studios. Employees ... read
Return of Homeworld?

TeamPixel wants to purchase the rights to Homeworld


Intends to release Homeworld on Steam and iOS, and make Homeworld 3
Jan 25
With the recent bankruptcy of THQ, the studios and franchises they owned are being auctioned off. While Sega just bought Relic Entertainment, it's possible that the rights to Homeworld might still belong to THQ... read
WWE series

Report: WWE license picked up by Take-Two Interactive


That wouldn't be such a bad thing
Jan 23
While notable intellectual properties like Saints Row, Metro, and even Homefront have been auctioned off by THQ prior to its full closure, that doesn't account for everything. What about, for instance, the WWE license? And ev... read
Posted farewell letter on NeoGAF
THQ has cleared its plate and sold off all its assets... well... not all of them. For some reason, not one company placed a bid for Darksiders developer Vigil Games, dooming the young studio. Vigil's lead combat designer Ben ... read feature







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