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THQ Is Officially Gone, Here’s Who Purchased Its Assets, Including ‘Metro’, ‘South Park’, And ‘Saints Row’

The excruciatingly slow death of THQ has finally ended with *almost* all of the publisher’s assets sold off to new buyers. The results of the auction, which included games like South Park: The Stick of Truth, Darksiders, Metro, and Warhammer, among others, as well as THQ’s subsidiaries (Relic, THQ Montreal, Volition, and Vigil) have finally been made public. For the most part, the results aren’t that that surprising, but there were definitely a few intriguing pairings. More after the jump.

These results are from Distressed Debt Investing, who is overseeing the auction:

Homefront: $500,000 (Crytek)
Metro: $5.8 million (Koch Media)
South Park: $3.2 million (Ubisoft)
Relic: $26.6 million (Sega)
THQ Montreal: $2.5 million (Ubisoft)
Evolve: $11 million (Take Two)
Volition: $22.3 million (Koch Media)

You may have noticed Darksiders developer Vigil Games isn’t on the list. That’s because, surprisingly, no bids were made for the studio. This means Vigil and the Darksiders franchise will probably be no more. That’s hugely disappointing.

Homefront is worth significantly less than I would’ve thought it would be, but I’m looking forward to seeing what Crytek does with it. Interestingly, Evolve, the mystery project from Left 4 Dead developer Turtle Rock, ended up being the most expensive IP on the list. That value has me a little more excited for it.

But seriously? No bids for Vigil? You heartless bastards.

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  • chris99x

    Wow, that is really sad about Vigil Games. Is it possible someone can still buy the Darksiders rights without purchasing the studio? Not sure how that would work, but very sad if it’s just done completely.

    Not surprising about Relic and Volition going for so much.

    • Adam Dodd

      Right now, it isn’t looking good for Vigil. Because no bids were made for the studio, they’re still a part of the remaining THQ assets, which are headed for closure (THQ will cease to exist by Friday). However, the head of Platinum Games recently expressed interest in purchasing both “on the cheap,” as he said on Twitter. So there’s still hope!

  • GreigShelob

    That’s shit. Darksiders is the only THQ series that I like. I was hoping that Vigil and Darksiders would get picked up by someone. It did well enough to warrant a second game, did the sequel not do as good and that’s why it wasn’t sold?

    • Adam Dodd

      Darksiders II did not sell terribly well. It wasn’t a huge flop by any means and it received solid reviews (including an 8 from our very own Adam Dodd – forgive my shameless self promotion). I’m hugely disappointed it wasn’t bid for, especially since the third game was supposed to have four-player co-op where you control each of the four horsemen of the apocalypse.

      • GreigShelob

        Sounds interesting for the third game. I’m still a bit of a solo gamer (have been since ’85) so the co-op doesn’t really interest me that much, but finally having all 4 of the horsemen would be brilliant.

        I’ll have to read up a bit on the budget and sales etc for both games.

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