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THQ auction sells to Sega, Ubisoft, Take 2 and others

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THQ and all company assets will officially be divided up and have been sold in a Chapter 11 bankruptcy auction.

Many of the publisher's assets were already purchased through the auction, including Sega buying Company of Heroes studio Relic Games for $26 million, according to DDInvesting.

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Ubisoft placed the leading bid on South Park: The Stick of Truth for $3.2 million, despite South Park Digital Studios attempting to have the game exempt from the auction.

Ubisoft also purchased THQ's Montreal studio for $2.5 million, which is headed by former Assassin's Creed designer Patrice D├ęsilets working on a game tentatively titled 1666.

Koch Media, which is the owner of Dead Island publisher Deep Silver, purchased Volition studios and their Saints Row franchise for $22.3 million, along with the Metro series for $5.8 million - but seemingly not the Red Faction IP.

Crytek, which had already begun developing Homefront 2, bought the rights in full to that series for $500,000.

Latest screenshots of Metro: Last Light

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Above: Metro Last Light

Finally, Take Two has bought the rights to Left 4 Dead developer Turtle Rock's upcoming game called Evolve for $11 million. Unconfirmed reports have also suggested that the WWE franchise will also go to Take Two.

In a letter to all THQ employees, CEO Brian Farrell and president Jason Rubin said that any unclaimed assets will still be part of the publisher's Chapter 11 case and it will "make every effort to find appropriate buyers, if possible".

Unfortunately, this seems to spell bad news for Darksiders developer Vigil Games, as former employees can already be found on Twitter asking about job openings.

The Darksiders series could still be picked up by a publisher, along with other unclaimed franchises like Red Faction, Destroy All Humans and de Blob.

THQ studio and IP acquisitions:
  • Sega acquired Relic and Company of Heroes
  • Ubisoft acquired THQ Montreal and South Park: The Stick of Truth
  • Koch Media acquired Volition, Saints Row and Metro
  • Crytek acquired Homefront
  • Take Two acquires Evolve, which is in development at Turtle Rock

    Prominent unclaimed THQ studios/licenses:
  • Vigil Games
  • Darksiders
  • Red Faction
  • Warhammer 40,000
  • de Blob
  • Destroy All Humans

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