THQ is dead.

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thq-logoTHQ wasn’t sold to another company when it filed for bankruptcy; that plan fell through and a month later they’re dead. Fortunately many of THQ’s top properties and studios  found new homes but not everyone was so fortunate. The most significant casualty of all this is the end of Vigil Studios who developed the DarkSiders franchise.

Here’s what was sold, who bought it and for how much:

  • Relic Entertainment (Company of Heroes) was purchased by Sega for $26 million
  • Volition (Saints Row, Red Faction) was purchased by Koch Media (publisher of Dead Island) for $22.3 million
  • Evolve” developed by Turtle Rock Studios (Left4Dead 1 & 2) was purchased by Take-Two Interactive for $11 million
  • “Metro” franchise was purchased by Koch Media for $5.8 million
  • South Park” license was purchased by Ubisoft for $3.2 million
  • THQ Montreal (incl. Patrice Desilets) was purchased by Ubisoft for $2.5 million
  • Homefront” franchise was purchased by Crytek for $500,000

Honestly this covers most of what I’ve come to know THQ for and it’s good to know that most of it is going somewhere. Legacy IP like Red Faction and Homeworld will be auctioned off at a later date.

Good bye Toys Headquarters. Thanks for giving a valiant effort towards the end of your life.

LTTP: Binary Domain (PC)

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LTTP or ‘late to the party’ pieces are opportunities for me to catch up and write about games I missed out on the first time around. They may contain spoilers.

I, Robot was a neat movie. I enjoyed it for its sleek portrayal of the future and its lessons about humans and their relationship with robots. Sega’s Toshihiro Nagoshi must have been a fan of the movie as well because so much of that movie came through to me whilst I was playing through it.

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FYI: Jet Set Radio, Massive BF3 Patch Coming

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  • Massive Battlefield 3 patch detailed — release date unknown (via Battlefield Blog)
  • Jet Set Radio PSN/XBLA release teased (via Sega Blog)
  • NBA Elite is dead; NBA Live is set to return (via GamaSutra)

The list of changes for that upcoming Battlefield 3 patch is impressive and cannot come soon enough. Balance changes are nice, but I hope they address the numerous bugs and glitches as well.

I played Jet Set Radio quite a bit on my Dreamcast. It was stylish and simple to pick up, but I didn’t like the controls. It didn’t always register my spray paint commands. I blamed the Dreamcast controller and the game back then, but with the PSN/XBLA release, one of those culprits/excuses will be axed –that is if I decide to pick it up.

It’s good to see EA get back into making NBA basketball games after NBA Elite died a horrible death a couple of years ago. I hope the time off yields some amazing results for them because competition is a good thing. We can’t have the NBA 2K series run around uncontested. Having the Madden games rule all of football is enough.

LTTP: Vanquish (PS3)

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LTTP or ‘late to the party’ pieces are opportunities for me to catch up and write about games I missed out on the first time around. They may contain spoilers.

I can see why Vanquish can seem like a very short and boring third person shooter which was why I tried spicing it up from the get go. I also knew this was a Platinum Games joint with the direction of Shinji Mikami and thus I approached it like Bayonetta mixed with third person cover based shootin’. The end result was a whole lot of slow mo shots and explosions while looking bad ass.

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