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October2014

June2014

  • News Veteran Publisher THQ To Rise From The Dead, In Name At Least

    Nordic Games looking to revive the brand, more Darksiders coming

    Publisher THQ went bust last year, bringing to an end a story which dates right back to the days of the NES and Game Boy. The company's assets were sold off at auction and Nordic Games came away with plenty — including the rights to franchises such as Red Faction and Darksiders...

April2013

  • News Nordic Games Picks Up The Darksiders Franchise

    Red Faction, MX and Homeworld also find new homes

    Yesterday we reported that THQ had sold off most of its remaining assets to other parties, however it was not clear which ones had been picked up and which had fallen by the wayside. New information has come through today and we're very happy to inform you that the Darksiders franchise was salvaged...

  • News THQ Raises Nearly $7 million Auctioning Off Remaining IPs

    Has Vigil Games found a home?

    Back in January THQ sold off the majority of its assets resulting in most of its IPs being given new homes. Studios such as Volition, the developer behind the Saints Row franchise, were quickly snapped up, however, some failed to secure a deal such as Vigil Games, the team behind the Darksiders series. The remaining...

March2013

  • Rumour Vigil Co-founder Interested In Buying Darksiders IP

    Will the horsemen ride again?

    When THQ bit the dust a while back, Vigil Games was one of the companies which didn't get purchased. This seemed to spell the end of the popular Darksiders franchise. However, hope is not lost. It would appear that Crytek USA CEO David Adams has expressed an interest in purchasing the IP he and many members of his...

February2013

  • News THQ To Sell Majority Of Its Remaining IPs This April

    There's hope for Darksiders yet

    THQ auctioned off most of its assets last month, resulting in several studios and IPs being picked up by the highest bidders. Sadly, it appeared that the Darksiders franchise was dead and buried due to its studio, Vigil Games, not finding a suitable bidder. However, it looks as though there may still be hope for...

  • News Take-Two Snaps Up WWE Licence

    Grappling with a new publisher

    Back in January, the unfortunate demise of THQ became complete as several developers swooped in to purchase its assets at auction. As a result Relic, the developer of Company of Heroes, is now owned by SEGA, THQ Montreal is under Ubisoft's wing and Volition, the studio behind the Saint's Row franchise, has become a...

  • News The Darksiders Series Looks To Be Over

    Sometimes all good things must come to an end

    A few weeks back THQ sold off its assets to the highest bidders. This lead to various THQ studios finding new homes; THQ Montreal for example is now a part of Ubisoft and Relic, the developer of Company of Heroes is now a branch of SEGA. However not all development studios found a new home, and as they...

January2013

  • News THQ President: Lack Of Vigil Buyer Is A "Travesty"

    There's still some hope for Darksiders

    This week saw the sad end of THQ, as the publisher sold off its assets at auction and closed its doors for the last time. SEGA, Koch Media, Crytek, Take-Two and Ubisoft all gathered around for the sale, taking with them most of its IPs and studios. One development team that unfortunately didn't get picked up...

  • News Game Over For THQ As Assets Are Purchased By Rival Publishers

    Sega, Crytek, Take-Two and Ubisoft pick apart troubled company

    2013 hasn't had the best of starts for veteran video game publisher THQ. After buying some time at the end of 2012, the firm slid into bankruptcy just a few days later and as the new year dawned found itself in the position of having its assets - the studios and IPs it owns, essentially...

  • News Troubled THQ To Be Picked Apart By Rivals

    Key franchises to be sold to the highest bidder

    The future of THQ largely hangs in the balance as the company struggles to find the cash to stay afloat. Back in December the publisher filed for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy handing over its assets to investment firm Clearlake Capital, which is now looking for a prospective buyer. It has been confirmed...

December2012

  • Rumour Ubisoft Looking To Buy THQ's Assets

    French company reportedly in talks to acquire tangible assets

    On Wednesday THQ filed for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy in the United States, handing over its tangible assets to Clearlake Investments, an investment firm, with a view to selling the business on. It appears that Ubisoft is the front runner to pick up THQ's tangible assets, with MCV reporting...

  • News THQ Files For Chapter 11 Bankruptcy

    Upcoming games are safe

    THQ has been sailing through some stormy seas recently. The developer currently has $16.4 million outstanding on its facility and recently entered into a forbearance agreement with the finance company Wells Fargo Capital Finance. The waves don’t seem to be easing up for the company as it has today filed for Chapter 11...

November2012

  • News The Wii U CPU Is "Horrible" According To Metro: Last Light Developer

    Honesty may not be the best policy

    Ukrainian developer 4A clearly isn't happy about the Wii U's CPU, and isn't afraid to be blunt about it. Oles Shishkovtsov, the studio's chief technical officer, explained how he wasn't one bit impressed with the brains of Nintendo's new console, explaining that it has "a horrible, slow CPU." 4A's upcoming game...

October2012

  • News Become a Superstar with WWE '13's Box Art Creator

    You're a Superstar

    Ever wondered what you'd look like on a video game box? Ponder no more; THQ has you covered with a custom box art creator to coincide with the release of wrassle-'em-up WWE '13. The "Be on the Cover" application on the WWE Games Facebook page lets you take a photo from your existing Facebook gallery or a webcam and save it as...

September2012

August2012

  • News WWE 13 Won't Wrestle with Wii U

    No, absolutely not

    We're used to developers and publishers dancing around questions of planned release platforms, when a game will hits stores and so on, so it's refreshing to bring you a recent Twitter exchange between a wrestling game fan and Cory Ledesma, Creative Director for WWE Games at THQ. We know that WWE 13 is coming to Wii, but naturally...

July2012

May2012

  • News Metro: Last Light No Longer Confirmed for Wii U

    Flickering flame

    Last year at E3 we heard Metro: Last Light was coming to Wii U. Well, now it seems it might not be, as THQ's global brand manager Mark Madsen told Digital Spy the game might not make it to Wii U. Madsen said the game is not currently in development for Wii U and that, while a port could still happen, it'd be "correct" to say it's...

February2012

  • News THQ Could Lose Stock Market Listing

    That's bad, by the way

    Not long ago we revealed the positive news that THQ has two secret Wii U titles in the works, with Darksiders II and Metro: Last Light already unveiled for the new console way back at E3 2011. While that's the good news, unfortunately the developer is enduring some serious financial issues. As reported by Gamasutra, THQ is in danger of being delisted from the Nasdaq stock..

January2012

  • News THQ Has Two Secret Wii U Titles In the Works

    Maybe more

    THQ's Danny Bilson was one of the first talking heads pictured when the Wii U's third-party games were confirmed, announcing that Darksiders II and Metro: Last Light are both coming to Wii U. They may not be the publisher's only games for the console in the works, though. The LinkedIn profile of THQ senior producer Evan Icenbice lists two...

November2011

  • News THQ: uDraw and Wii U Can Co-Exist

    Quick on the draw

    THQ's art tablet uDraw was a big hit on Wii, but once Nintendo unveiled the Wii U controller it started to lose a little of its sheen. The publisher isn't about to let Nintendo run away with the art market though, revealing to Eurogamer its plans to keep the brand going. THQ's global VP for uDraw Andy Hodgson said: We have some amazing brands and software built for uDraw. Some of..

October2011

  • News Grapple With the First WWE All Stars 3DS Footage

    The ultimate warrior?

    THQ's battle of the ages WWE All Stars is coming to 3DS, and we've got the first video footage below. Admittedly the game isn't the most visually impressive game we've seen on the console yet, but hopefully it can deliver in the gameplay department with 43 playable characters and brand new modes including survival challenge...

August2011

  • News Wrestle With WWE All Stars on 3DS in November

    Bulging muscles in 3D

    THQ's WWE All Stars on Wii was a decent attempt at an arcade take on sports entertainment, but despite the game launching on practically every format — even PS2 got a look-in — there was no portable port for Nintendo formats. That'll change later this year though, as THQ has announced WWE All Stars for 3DS. While you might...

  • News de Blob Developer Blue Tongue Shuts Up Shop

    This is sad

    Australian studio Blue Tongue Entertainment — creators of the ludicrously enjoyable de Blob games — has been closed by owner THQ. The original Wii-exclusive adventure was critically and commercially well-received — it scored an 8/10 in our de Blob review — and the team moved on to produce a sequel for Wii, PS3 and Xbox 360. de...

July2011

  • News After WWE All-Stars, Wrestlers Begin to Brawl

    Take it outside

    WWE All-Stars took the wrestling game template and tore it up, but the newly revealed WWE Brawl looks like it'll take the template and body-slam it through a concrete block. New footage of the Wii game shows a street fight scenario where wrestlers have superhuman abilities, taking the All-Stars idea a touch further. Check out the video below and expect more details soon. WWE Brawl..

June2011

  • News Darksiders II Launching in 2012 for Wii U

    Up and running already, and looking good

    Footage of upcoming third-party Wii U titles shown at E3 may have consisted of content from PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 games, but that doesn't necessarily mean the end products won't be able to look as good. Developed by Vigil, Darksiders II is up and running on Wii U and has been for about five weeks. THQ Core Games EVP Danny Bilson spoke to Eurogamer and..

May2011

  • News THQ Cancels Saints Row: Drive-By for 3DS

    Dry your eyes

    THQ's Saints Row: Drive-By won't be parking on 3DS after all, as the publisher has announced it's no longer developing the title. The game was headed to Xbox Live and PlayStation Network as well as 3DS, but a THQ representative put a figurative bullet in its chances of coming to the console by confirming the game isn't in the works...

April2011

  • News Work Out With Your Own UFC Personal Trainer This June

    In a video game, that is

    Ultimate Fighting Championship-licensed video games have traditionally been combat-based, but THQ's latest UFC title will be a multi-platform health and fitness game, focusing on providing high-intensity workouts. UFC Personal Trainer: The Ultimate Fitness System features some of the world's most renowned mixed martial arts trainers like Mark DellaGrotte, Greg Jackson, and..

February2011

  • News WayForward Drawing Up Spongebob Game for uDraw and 3DS

    No more Mr Squarepants

    THQ's uDraw GameTablet is causing quite a stir in North America where it's proved hard to find for many, and it's sure to sell bucketloads more once THQ's next title for the tablet, SpongeBob Squigglepants hits the shelves. Developed by WayForward – A Boy and His Blob, Shantae: Risky's Revenge and so on – the game will...

October2010

  • News THQ Expects Wii & DS Markets to Have a Strong Christmas Performance

    Publisher to offer "Great Games, Great Value"

    THQ recently showed its support for Nintendo's upcoming 3DS but it's not forgetting about the Wii or the DS in doing so. Jon Rooke, THQ's UK Managing Director has told GamesIndustry.biz that the company is confident that the Wii and DS market will bounce back from slumps in sales with a strong Christmas season this

  • News THQ Shows Its Support by Bringing Multiple Titles to the 3DS

    One of which will be a new brand

    It's not only the gamers that are excited by the 3DS, it's the developers and publishers too. THQ has expressed its eagerness to supply titles for the handheld system by revealing various projects it has in store back at the E3 expo. Some were surprised to see franchises like Saints Row as one of the upcoming titles making it to the 3DS but Danny Bilson, Executive..

September2010

  • News You Can Stop Waiting for Worms: Battle Islands on WiiWare Now

    It's coming out on disc instead

    It's been a long old time since we last heard anything about Worms: Battle Islands but we were expecting it to launch on WiiWare this month. Sadly, the downloadable service just got a little duller, as THQ has announced the game is on its way to Wii as a retail release. The game is now scheduled to release in November. AGOURA HILLS, Calif. - Delivering an arsenal..

August2010

  • Rumour Nintendo Developing Two Titles for uDraw GameTablet

    But what could they be?

    Nintendo and THQ teamed up to create the uDraw GameTablet, the upcoming peripheral for Wii that offers gamers and families the chance to draw on their Wii. Currently only THQ has announced solid software plans, with Pictionary and Dood's Big Adventure confirmed for the peripheral, but there are already rumours surfacing that Nintendo is hard at work at software itself..

  • News Nintendo and THQ Teamed Up on uDraw GameTablet

    Mighty team unites

    THQ's uDraw Studio created quite a buzz at Gamescom, but had Nintendo not stepped in the reaction could have been quite different. Director Luis Gigliotti of THQ spoke to Joystiq about how the original board earned the nickname "Frankenstein" among the team before Nintendo got involved: was a like bunch of lasers and...

  • News This Video Wants You to Know uDraw Studio is for Artists Too

    David Kassan makes a masterpiece

    THQ's uDraw Studio may have been revealed as an art game for all the family, but that's not to say it can't be used to create impressively detailed portraits when used by experienced and talented professional artists. American painter David Kassan got to grips with the uDraw GameTablet and uDraw Studio software at Gamescom in Cologne, and the results are undeniably..

  • News THQ Brings Art Alive on Wii with uDraw Studio

    Graphics tablet on the way to Wii

    Over the years, many companies have tried to make enjoyable, engaging artistic products for home consoles, but for every Mario Paint there's Art Alive. THQ, however, is certain it's onto a winning formula with its newly announced uDraw GameTablet and uDraw Studio. Not just your standard graphics tablet, the press release for the GameTablet mentions tilt and roll..

July2010

  • News THQ Teasing Innovative Wii Title for Gamescom

    Make that "very, very innovative"

    Ian Curran, THQ's Global Publishing Executive Vice President, is a fan of the 3DS: this we know from his previous discussion about its anti-piracy measures. The company is supporting the machine with plenty of content, from de Blob to Saints Row 3D, but it's not leaving the current consoles behind. Far from it, with Mr Curran teasing a big title on the way for Wii..

  • News 3DS Anti-Piracy Measures are Too Sophisticated for Human Brain

    So says THQ man

    Nintendo's suffered badly at the hands of piracy this generation, although it's done its best to stem the flow with a series of court cases and lawsuits. With its next-generation 3DS handheld the company's keen to combat the problem still further, employing more preventative technology than before; technol

June2010

  • News de Blob 2 is Going Underground and Multiplatform

    Franchise increasing its spectrum of coverage

    When de Blob launched on the Wii back in 2008, it proved to be a solid and likeable game with fully deserved favourable reviews. THQ has now confirmed some initial details on the upcoming sequel, entitled de Blob 2: The Underground for the Wii, DS, Xbox 360, and PS3. de Blob 2: The Underground will feature new friends, and new moves as players take on..

May2010

  • News First Details of de Blob: The Underground Revealed

    Nintendo Power gets first look at sparkly sequel

    De Blob was pretty special: smart design, a great atmosphere and a huge amount of fun mark it out as one of the Wii's finest titles. When THQ announced it would be bringing the title back for a release in 2011 we all had a smile on our collective faces, and now the first small details have surfaced we're even happier. In development for Wii as well..

April2010

  • News THQ Announces Big Beach Sports 2

    Includes five new activities

    With summer just around the corner, it's about time that we're greeted with a plethora of sports titles. With Wii Sports Resort taking the limelight last summer, THQ hopes to kick things off with their sequel to 2008's Big Beach Sports. Developed by Jet Black Games, Big Beach Sports 2 sees gamers taking part in the annual Coconut Cup Championship which takes place on..

February2010

  • News THQ Announces de Blob Sequel for 2011

    Latest earnings report drops reference to franchising of critically acclaimed original IP.

    de Blob was one of THQ's most critically acclaimed new IPs when it was released in the second half of 2008, but despite past rumours of a sequel we've not had anything concrete said on that score until now. There's not much specific about the Wii in THQ's latest earnings report, but de Blob gets mentioned..