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1:00 PM on 10.01.2013

Wii production is coming to a halt

The Wii may have secured a solid lead ahead of the Xbox 360 and PS3 with a tidy 100 million units under its belt, but let's face facts: its time in the sun is over. With the 3DS dominating in Japan and the US and the Wii U ne...

Tony Ponce


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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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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

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

5:30 PM on 01.26.2012

Live show: Mash Tactics is losing its king, will live on

[Video created by Chill Bro community member Audie] Today on Mash Tactics, Carnage and Wesley are playing Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker from the MGS: HD Collection, but there is more important news to share. On Tuesday's ep...

Bill Zoeker



Hudson is officially dead on March 1, 2012 photo
Hudson is officially dead on March 1, 2012
by Tony Ponce

[Illustration by Ashley Davis]

This is the end, my friends.

After the heart-breaking closure of Hudson Soft's North American division last year, tears were shed, but there was still hope that the properties that put the company on the map would live on in some form. This Japanese filing, however, states that whatever remains of Hudson will be absorbed into its parent company Konami on March 1. The Hudson name will subsequently be retired.

This past year, Hudson had been focused on mobile content, and the remaining teams will most likely continue this path under Konami. Does this mean that icons like Bomberman and Master Higgins are truly dead? After the recent cancellation of Hudson titles, the future was looking grim. Now it seems pretty clear. I just don't see Konami putting its resources into new ex-Hudson games when it can instead make fifty bazillion new Metal Gear collections, remakes, and spin-offs.

Long live the bee.

Hudson Ceases to Exist on March 1 [Andriasang]

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1:00 PM on 03.20.2011

EA Sports helping the Earth, ditches printed manuals

The days of the printed instruction manual may be numbered. EA Sports has joined the likes of Ubisoft in ditching printed manuals altogether, the publisher has confirmed.

Nick Chester

6:45 AM on 03.12.2011

Meetup at 4PM for the PAX East group photo!

Today's the day we meetup for the regular group photo! We'll be meeting up at 425 Summer St, on the steps just outside of O'Conners Bar (where we had the Thursday night party with Machinima) at 4:00PM! We'll then be heading t...

Hamza CTZ Aziz

8:00 AM on 11.29.2009

Square Enix is ready for the death of consoles

The death knoll of consoles and physical media has been ringing since before this current generation of consoles hit the market. It's a long, slow knoll, but it seems that almost everyone is in agreement that its end is comin...

Matthew Razak

6:40 PM on 09.16.2009

Blockbuster closing 960 stores before end of next year

I remember when I was a teenager I used to go to Blockbuster so many times a week to rent games and anime all the people that worked there knew me by my first name. At one time, it was a truly awesome service, but now that yo...

Colette Bennett

9:00 PM on 06.17.2009

Midway Newcastle reveals Necessary Force with a new trailer

Yesterday, I reported a story from British newspaper The Guardian about Midway Newcastle's two week deadline: if they don't find a buyer by the end of the month, they'll have to close up shop. In that article, the fact that t...

Joseph Leray





5:40 PM on 05.29.2009

Sony Online Entertainment jacks out of The Matrix

Everything about The Matrix Online seemed like a great idea, but since most MMO fans seem content to just play World of Warcraft endlessly, it's hard for other MMOs to make waves. Gamespy reported today that SOE's Daniel &quo...

Colette Bennett

10:20 AM on 02.20.2009

Ex-Ensemble staff form another company, Bonfire Studios

By now, you have probably heard that a new development team, Robot Entertainment, was formed out of the remains of real-time strategy king Ensemble Studios.But wait, there's more: a second company has been created from former...

Jordan Devore

12:09 PM on 05.14.2008

Ryu goes into retirement: No more Ninja Gaiden, says Itagaki

Savor each sword slash while you can, because you'll be throwing your last shuriken with Ninja Gaiden II.Series maker Tomonobu Itagaki says that Ninja Gaiden II for the Xbox 360 will be the last game in the Ninja Gaiden serie...

Dale North

11:52 AM on 01.30.2008

Michael Pachter: give us a price cut, and unbundle Wii Sports (wrong!)

Nintendo is very much on top of their game, but that hasn't stopped some analysts from giving their opinions on how they could do it better. The current tidbit of advice comes from none other than Michael Pachter, whose lates...

SRVSLPS



According to at least one guy at EA,  you can have too much variety photo
According to at least one guy at EA, you can have too much variety
by SRVSLPS

According to EA's head of international publishing, Gerhard Florin, we would all be better off with one unified gaming platform -- as opposed to the multitude of consoles and handhelds that currently vie for our attention. Speaking with the BBC, he envisions just that in as little as 15 years. How so? Well taking into consideration that set-top boxes are continually improving and that steaming HDTV streams and Internet is already happening -- it's just a matter of time before the one barrier that's caused division among gamers is removed: multiple platforms. What about competition and all that jazz that we've been programmed to believe is necessary to foster innovation? He's got it covered:

"Competition was required to ensure the pace of technology was maintained. Going forward that is irrelevant. Gaming will just require potentially a £49.99 box from Tesco made in China with a hard drive, a wi-fi connection and a games engine inside. It's basically a boiled-down PC."

Personally, I'm still not completely sold on the idea of a single platform being the answer to all of our prayers, but I can certainly appreciate some of the positive aspects of such a move. It would prove to be the proverbial undoing of the fanboy wars (right now, pretty much the entire "big three" have pissed me off in one way or another), if nothing else. It probably will never happen, but just for the hell of it -- how do you feel about this? Would a single console make you happier, or would the consequences prove to be much worse than we anticipated?

Since I'm one of the few people on the Internet who will publicly admit to liking EA and what they bring to the table (minus the sports titles that I couldn't possibly care less about), I'll leave out the worn out jabs concerning monopolies.

[Via BBC News -- Thanks Justin/Joe]

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