Today, January 23, 2013, marks a sad day in gaming history. THQ, a giant in the world of console and computer gaming, was divided and auctioned off to other companies. THQ is expected to dissipate within a matter of weeks.
The franchises, series, and titles that THQ has created have been sold off separately with the intentions of keeping them alive. The results of the auction are as follows:
- Sega won the bid for Relic.
- Koch Media won the bid for Volition and the Metro series.
- Crytek won the bid for Homefront.
- Take 2 won the bid for Evolve.
- Ubisoft agreed to purchase Montreal and South Park.
One of THQ’s most famous series, Darksiders, has yet to find a buyer. A letter from THQ’s CEO stated “If you are an employee of an entity not included in this sale, we regret that your position will end.” Children, Adults, Gamers of the World – Today could mark the end of the Darksiders series as we know it.
As many of you are well aware, THQ sponsored the last “humble bundle” which lead many gaming journalists and bloggers to believe that THQ was planning either something new or planning to end something big. The “humble bundle”, for those uninitiated in the ways of the internet, is a collection of games for sale (usually by an indie developer) that you can pay any amount for and you choose what percent of the amount you pay goes to the developer, goes to the humble bundle team, and goes to charity. You can check the latest humble bundle here.
So was the humble bundle a foreshadowing of what was really to come of THQ or just THQ’s attempt to make a heroic impact on the world before releasing their accrued glory? You decide.