As many have heard, either from other news sources, or even our very own podcast, THQ as selling off pieces of itself one by one. It came to no surprise to most of us, after seeing a humble bundle and the deep discount THQ was offering during the steam sale. The writing was on the wall, and we all worried about the folks that worked there.
There is hope for THQ Montreal, as Ubisoft has acquired them in the recent sell off of THQ assets. Not only did Ubisoft pick up THQ, they also got the rights to South Park: The Stick of Truth, which is being produced by Obsidian as well as the right to an unnamed IP that THQ Montreal was currently working on. It only cost 2.5 million USD for the studio and 3.265 million USD for the South Park IP.
Yannis Mallat, president of Ubisoft Montreal said, “This deal adds experienced developers to our internal creative teams at a key moment in the cycle of the video game industry.”
Hopefully the transition for THQ Montreal to Ubisoft Montreal is an easy one.
Other THQ Sales, for those that are curious:
Under the proposed sales:
- Sega will purchase Relic for $26.6 million, with Zenimax (company that owns Bethesda) acting as a back-up bidder at $26.3 million.
- Koch Media (company that owns Deep Silver) will purchase Volition and the Metro franchise for $22.3 million and $5.8 million respectively.
- Crytek will purchase Homefront for $500,000.
- Take 2 will purchase Evolve for $10.8 million, outbidding the game’s developer Turtle Rock.
Sadly, not bought was Vigil, the studio behind the Darksiders IP, which is a little shocking as Darksiders sold pretty well. THQ will still continue to look for a buying, as it finishes it’s path through chapter 11.