Following January’s sale of multiple THQ studios and franchises, the company’s final remaining assets have now been auctioned off to new homes.
The results are as follows:
- Nordic Games, the publisher of Arcania: Gothic 4 and the European release of Torchlight, acquired the majority of assets available for sale. This includes the Red Faction, Darksiders, MX, Frontlines: Fuel of War, de Blob, Summoner, Destroy All Humans!, and Deadly Creatures series. Nordic intends to collaborate with the franchises’ original developers for any future sequels to these games.
- Gearbox Software, the developers behind Aliens: Colonial Marines and the Borderlands franchise, acquired the Homeworld series. In addition, the company announced plans to re-release Homeworld and Homeworld 2 via digital distribution methods for PC.
- 505 Games, publishers of Sniper Elite V2 and the PlayStation 3 edition of Terraria, acquired the Drawn to Life series, which was last seen with 2009’s release of Drawn to Life: The Next Chapter for Wii and Nintendo DS.
On December 19 of last year, game publisher THQ announced that it was filing for bankruptcy, and on January 23, an initial sale of THQ’s assets was held. The results of the auction included Sega acquiring Homeworld creators Relic Entertainment, Koch Media purchasing Volition, Saints Row, and Metro, and Crytek purchasing Homefront, which it has been developing a sequel for since 2011. Since that auction, Crytek has also hired numerous former employees of Vigil Games, the creators of the Darksiders franchise, and created a new studio with them known as Crytek USA.
Sources: THQ press release (via Yahoo! Finance)