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THQ is having a Big Huge sale; God: The Game in Limbo

Posted by Renato Velarde

In times of woe THQ is looking to sell off Big Huge Games to stay afloat.

Ok, it’s not huge news that the economy isn’t doing so well, so it’s no surprise that THQ is looking to get rid of extra weight in the form of subsidiary Big Huge Games. Hard to blame them after they posted a $191.8 million loss last quarter. A number of its employees were laid off and THQ spokesperson Julie MacMedan told Joystiq recently that they were actively pursuing buyers for the company.

Big Huge was in the middle of developing God: The Game (an Animal Crossing/ Legend of Zelda inspired title for Wii) as well as RPG Ascendant for PS3, Xbox360 and PC. Apparently there are several buyers checking out the developer including Curt Schiling’s 38 Studios, so there is still hope that Big Huge may have us commanding lowly mortals sometime in the future after all.


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User Comments (8)



Sean_Aaron said:

THQ are the ones posting the loss as a whole; not clear how much has been spent on BHG's work in progress, but THQ's situation is looking pretty bad if they're willing to cut loose a recent acquisition before they've even produced anything...



KnucklesSonic8 said:

Yeah I know and it hurts because just when THQ is doing great things in the industry, something like this happens. While I hope someone steps in and saves them from crashing and burning, I also hope upcoming games like Scribblenauts will still get recognized.



XD375 said:

Grant Kirkhope works there. Grant freaking Kirkhope. He recently left Rare to pursue a job as BHG's sound director.

Grant is the guy who made music for games such as GoldenEye, the Banjo-Kazooie series, Donkey Kong 64, Viva Piñata, and many other Rare games.

I recently talked to him about it and he told me that there are a few people interested in buying BHG, as stated in this article.



MickEiA said:

i recently got wwe 2009 that was good big beach sports horrible both by THQ



Stuffgamer1 said:

@MickEiA: Like any publisher, you can't really expect EVERY THQ game to be good. Those two games you mentioned came from two different developers. Just try to pay attention to the history of the DEVELOPER, and not the publisher as much, and you'll probably be able to avoid getting quite so many stinkers.

I don't think I'd heard of God: The Game before, but the Animal Crossing/ Legend of Zelda description sounds AWESOME! I hope whoever picks up the developer lets them finish that game.



rayword45 said:

I don't care, really. Most THQ games are shovelware. And I use shovelware in the correct form. They don't put care into their games other than De blob and DAH

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