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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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10:00 AM on 01.18.2013

Pour one out: Monster Hunter Tri servers nixed in April

"Out with the old, in with the new," as they say. Capcom is getting ready to launch Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate, and in return, they're shutting down the servers for the Wii's Monster Hunter Tri on April 30th. You'll have six w...

Chris Carter



RIP: PlayStation 2 production has stopped worldwide photo
RIP: PlayStation 2 production has stopped worldwide
by Hamza CTZ Aziz

Last week we found out that PlayStation 2s had stopped shipping in Japan. Sony has now officially announced that PlayStation 2 production has stopped worldwide, according to The Guardian. Yes, it's truly an end of an era.

Hard to believe it's been 12 years since the PlayStation 2 was brought to life. In that time Sony sold 150 million units worldwide, and there were over 10,000 games created for Sony's dominating system. There's no denying that the PlayStation 2 won the last-generation, with its killer lineup of exclusives, and the brilliant idea of including a DVD player within the console.

While it hasn't seen the light of day for the longest time now, I'm glad I own my PlayStation 2 plus handful of games still.

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8:30 AM on 12.28.2012

End of an Era: PS2 stops shipping in Japan

Sony has ceased shipping of the PlayStation 2 console in Japan this week, bringing an end a 13-year lifespan. Whatever is out there on shelves is what's left. That's it. According to Famitsu, more than 150 mill...

Dale North



Remembering studios that closed in 2012 photo
Remembering studios that closed in 2012
by Sterling Aiayla Lyons

This year was great in general for videogames. Beyond the predictable success of games like Halo 4 and Call of Duty: Black Ops II, there were a ton of hits that came out of nowhere, including not just big publisher titles, but indie games as well. Narrative in gaming also started taking a greater stage with games such as Spec Ops: The Line and our very own game of the year, The Walking Dead, making waves with player agency in story and presenting well-developed plots and characters to boot. 

The year wasn't entirely sparkles, double rainbows, and purple fairies though. Along with the good came a hoard of bad for the industry. There were a mass number of studio closures, for starters. Here's a recap of some of the many development studios that didn't make it through the year. Out of respect for the subject matter, this list is not presented in any particular order.

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9:00 AM on 12.09.2012

The GamesMaster sadly passed away

For those growing up in Europe and old enough to remember, GamesMaster was an absolutely awesome show with cheesy screen effects and crazy kids being dealt gaming challenges in order to get their hands on the coveted golden j...

Audun Sorlie



Nintendo Power's last hurrah leaves me in tears photo
Nintendo Power's last hurrah leaves me in tears
by Tony Ponce

Last night, I noticed that the final issue of Nintendo Power was in stock at Barnes & Noble. Naturally, I bought two copies: one to peruse and one to leave in the shrink wrap FOR. EV. ER.

If you've ever been an NP reader or subscriber, you need to pick this baby up. The mag is so chock-full of good feelings and pleasant memories, which makes it all the more painful to read. But as Butters once said, it's "like a beautiful sadness."

I want to share a few impressions about issue #285 in the hopes that you'll run out the door to snag a copy as soon as possible.

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10:30 AM on 12.06.2012

Rockman Xover has at least 100,000 users

Remember when Capcom got us all excited for Mega Man's anniversary this year, and then basically took a dump on us with Rockman Xover? Well apparently after reaching the top three listing on iTunes the week of release, The Me...

Chris Carter

2:15 PM on 11.30.2012

The final Nintendo Power cover is perfect

On the left is Nintendo Power #1. On the right is the final issue, #285. Wow. Bravo. We were hoping to wait until the mag hit newsstands on December 11, but since this photo of its cover has been making the rounds all day, we...

Tony Ponce

10:19 AM on 11.16.2012

Aww: Wii U Nintendo TVii service pushed back to December

[Update: At least the Netflix app will be ready in time for launch, it just won't be a part of TVii.] A massive press release this morning from Nintendo detailed this weekend's Wii U launch and ran down all of the system's fe...

Dale North

4:00 PM on 11.10.2012

Goodbye, Destructoid

As some of you may or may not have heard, this is officially my last day with Destructoid. Man ... I can barely type that without getting upset. I am starting a new job next week at GolinHarris as a writer for Nintendo. It is...

Chad Concelmo



PlayStation: The Official Magazine to cease publication photo
PlayStation: The Official Magazine to cease publication
by Tony Ponce

Damn, son. Future US is on the warpath as of late. It wasn't enough for the publishing house to pull the plug on Nintendo Power; now its sights are set on PlayStation: The Official Magazine (not to be confused with PlayStation Official Magazine in the UK, published by Future US parent company Future plc).

PTOM may not have had as long a run as NP, but the turn of events is no less tragic. First launched in September 1997 with Final Fantasy VII on the cover, it was originally known as PlayStation Magazine -- PSM for short -- and rebranded in after its tenth anniversary. Now, the door to this particular tale will close after the Holiday 2012 issue.

I can't say I have any personal investment in PTOM as I did with NP, but I'm no less disappointed in hearing about another venerable print mag going the way of the dodo. Pour a 40, fellas.

PlayStation The Official Magazine Closing [Game Informer via NeoGAF]

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9:30 AM on 10.22.2012

This Zelda fan film is sad but amazing

Kennedy Baruch, the creator of the above Zelda fan film, shared with us their award-winning work after profusely complimenting our site. That always works with me.  But this short is really great. Sad, but great. It fol...

Dale North

5:00 PM on 09.26.2012

Nintendo Power sends out farewell letters to subscribers

It's still hard to believe that, after 24 years, Nintendo Power is about to be laid to rest. Even while current and former fans mourn, there are some who are oblivious to the magazine's fate. To bring those folks up to speed,...

Tony Ponce

1:00 PM on 09.15.2012

Death of EVE player in Libya attack honored by fleet

On Tuesday, an American consulate in Libya was attacked by an extremist mob. During this attack, Sean Smith was killed. In addition to being a foreign service information management officer, he was also one of the pillar...

Joshua Derocher