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9:30 PM on 03.26.2013

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

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 ...

Jordan Devore

2:00 AM on 03.23.2013

Saints Row's success was invalidated by uDraw's failure

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...

Tony Ponce

6:30 PM on 03.14.2013

Patrice Desilets has officially returned to Ubisoft

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...

Alasdair Duncan

2:00 AM on 02.27.2013

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

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...

Hamza CTZ Aziz

3:45 PM on 02.20.2013

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

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...

Jordan Devore

5:00 PM on 02.13.2013

THQ's road to failure recapped in video

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 ...

Allistair Pinsof

6:15 PM on 01.31.2013

Former THQ president on where the company went wrong

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...

Jordan Devore



Top ten best THQ games: Remembering a giant photo
Top ten best THQ games: Remembering a giant
by Allistair Pinsof

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 the absolute worst games of all time with Mohawk & Headphone Jack. And yet, THQ occupies a warm place in our hearts. Those three letters represent some of the best times we had with games of the past decade, bringing unknown studios like Volition and Relic into the limelight.

Once we scraped off all the Bratz games and pet sims, we had a hard time determining THQ's top ten best.

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10:30 PM on 01.29.2013

Disney shuts Junction Point & Crytek USA hires Vigil devs

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!

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1:45 PM on 01.28.2013

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

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...

Jordan Devore

11:00 PM on 01.25.2013

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

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 ...

Max Scoville

5:30 PM on 01.25.2013

Pouring one out for the fallen THQ homies

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 ...

Hamza CTZ Aziz

5:15 PM on 01.25.2013

TeamPixel wants to purchase the rights to Homeworld

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...

Joshua Derocher

10:30 PM on 01.23.2013

Report: WWE license picked up by Take-Two Interactive

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...

Jordan Devore



Vigil Games' lead combat designer says his goodbyes photo
Vigil Games' lead combat designer says his goodbyes
by Tony Ponce

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 Cureton decided to pen his own farewell letter (posted below) and share it on gaming forum NeoGAF. But whereas the THQ company letter ends on a hopeful note, Ben's is far more heart-wrenching, coming as it is from one of the talents getting tossed on the street.

He knows his stuff, so there's no doubt Ben and crew will go on to bigger and better things. For now, let him express himself.

(Thank you for the notice, Squishy3)

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THQ is done, all assets sold off photo
THQ is done, all assets sold off
by Tony Ponce

[Update 2: Certain licenses that weren't sold off may find new digs elsewhere. The WWE series, for instance, could find its way into Take-Two's pockets.]

[Update: Vigil Games' lead combat designer, Ben Cureton, decided to write his own letter following Vigil's closure. Read that here.]

When THQ filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy last month, it was only a matter of time before the other shoe dropped. As of today, the 23-year old company has sold off all its assets, and in a few more weeks, the doors will completely close.

CEO Brian Farrell and President Jason Rubin have sent a final letter (re-printed in full after the break) to all employees, listing which companies have purchased which studios and properties. The distribution is as follows:

  • Sega gets Relic Entertainment (as Jim discussed earlier today)
  • Koch Media gets Volition, Inc. (Saints Row) and Metro
  • Crytek gets Homefront
  • Take 2 gets Turtle Rock Studios' "Evolve"
  • Ubisoft gets THQ Montreal and South Park

If you are wondering where Darksiders developer Vigil Games is in all of this, there were unfortunately no bids for the studio, forcing a complete closure.

I wish those who lost their jobs all the best, and I wish success for those who have already found new homes elsewhere.

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