THQ to auction off remaining franchises, including Darksiders, Red Faction, and Homeworld

THQ has announced plans to sell off its remaining IP in an auction to end by May.

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There are still many assets left unclaimed after THQ's fire sale. Today, the company has announced that it will sell off its remaining IP through a court-supervised auction. THQ expects bidding and sale to finish by May.

Six bundled "lots" of IPs will be up for bidding, including Darksiders, Red Faction, Homeworld, MX, and two other batches of software that covers "owned software" and "licensed software."

According to THQ, the company has received "more than 100 expressions of interest in purchasing various titles." For example, Platinum Games has admitted interest in the Darksiders franchise, which was left on the table in the first round of sales. If the studio were able to buy the IP, it would have to develop further games in the series by itself, as many former Vigil members have moved onto Crytek USA.

Of particular interest to the Shack community is the sale of the Homeworld IP. Relic Entertainment's strategy game hasn't had a proper follow-up since 2003. Sega currently owns that studio; would they be interested in buying the franchise rights as well?

Bundled together in THQ's "owned software" offerings include games like Frontlines: Fuel of War, Full Spectrum Warrior, de Blob, Destroy All Humans!, Drawn to Life, and uDraw--which is largely responsible for the collapse of the company.

"Licensed software" up for grabs includes Double Fine's Costume Quest and Stacking. Could Tim Schafer and company re-acquire the rights for the games they originally developed? For a full list of all the IPs available for sale, and to find out how you can participate in the bidding process, we recommend reading the full press release.

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    February 26, 2013 5:15 PM

    Andrew Yoon posted a new article, THQ to auction off remaining franchises, including Darksiders, Red Faction, and Homeworld.

    THQ has announced plans to sell off its remaining IP in an auction to end by May.

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      February 26, 2013 5:54 PM

      Someone has to pickup Darksiders it must live on :( I wonder if the team already has new jobs a long time ago by now.

      Makes me so sad.

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        February 26, 2013 5:57 PM

        Someone has to pick up Homeworld!

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          February 26, 2013 6:03 PM

          It better go back into the hands of relic.

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            February 26, 2013 6:43 PM

            I'm not even sure anyone who worked on Homeworld 2 is left at the company. The culture has also shifted considerably.

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              February 26, 2013 6:48 PM

              I think they still have more than enough talent to do another game. It's better off with them than either in the hands of some unknown or one of the big publishers like EA.

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                February 26, 2013 7:36 PM

                I seriously doubt SEGA gives a shit about it, so even if they picked it up, they would probably still just squat on it like THQ before them. That's still preferable to it being abused, but at this point I just want a company that would put the games on digital distribution to pick them up (and/or actually open source the engine(s)), more so than a company that wants to make a sequel.

                Something side storyish like Cataclysm wouldn't be bad, but I don't feel that it needs anything more.

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                  February 26, 2013 8:01 PM

                  Sega happily cranks out TW games don't see why not.

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                    February 26, 2013 8:14 PM

                    Resurrecting a dead franchise is riskier than churning out yearly sequels and expansions to a living one. I'm not saying they won't, I just don't see it likely given the risk averse nature of large publishers.

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          February 26, 2013 6:05 PM

          There was an indiegogo to acquire it
          http://www.indiegogo.com/save-homeworld

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          February 26, 2013 6:37 PM

          I wouldn't complain if someone grabbed it just to prevent damage to the IP, though I would prefer if they pushed for digital distribution and actually did a proper source release for Homeworld, rather than that contractually fake open source crap they did.

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            February 26, 2013 6:44 PM

            Also, Homeworld: Cataclysm isn't included in the auction... I wonder what happened to that?

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              February 26, 2013 8:57 PM

              Maybe it's just rolled in with Homeworld, like the DLC presumably is for Red Faction: Guerrilla and Armageddon?

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            February 26, 2013 9:22 PM

            fake open source thing?

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              February 26, 2013 10:54 PM

              They offered the source to teams with a plan and evidence they could do something with it, and then were under contract to not release the code further, just compiled assets. So it had the guise of being "open source" without any of the real advantages. All the projects except one died, and the one remaining leader went Howard Hughes.

              Since it wasn't actually open source, no one could fork any of the dead projects, and so it died.

              Where as there are a myriad of Doom, Quake, Quake 3 source ports, and even a few Build engine ports, also one major opensource update for Freespace, which is of note as the release of it's source code was what was in the news when Relic decided to start their failed program.

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          February 26, 2013 8:10 PM

          Wouldn't a modern combat FPS set in the Homeworld universe be awesome!? With a streamlined cinematic story telling single player campaign that lets you press X to continue to the next set piece, and plenty of downloadable multiplayer maps & weapons so you can frag noobs and earn epic prestige?! And add flair with DLC hat packs for only 400 credits at the in-game store?!?! YES?!?!??!,!?!?!

          I don't think I want to see what modern gaming would do to Homeworld :(

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        February 26, 2013 5:58 PM

        I hope Platinum goes after it like previously hinted.

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          February 26, 2013 6:35 PM

          Yeah they be rad new owner, the only beef I had was 2 was so perfect minus maybe the engine I am not sure I want it changed that much. Still Platinum has skillz they would not jack it up.

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        February 26, 2013 9:09 PM

        I think Platinum games picked up a lot of Vigil staff.

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      February 26, 2013 6:18 PM

      Somebody buy Red Faction and turn it back into a first person shooter! The first two games were great!

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        February 26, 2013 6:27 PM

        Blasting fuckers through the wall with the railgun/x-ray thing was fucking great. Same with blasting through a wall to get around some locked doors.

        I really would love to see something that took the first games ideas and really refined them.

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          February 26, 2013 6:28 PM

          It really sucked when the enemies had it though. Instadead through a wall or closed door sucks.

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          February 26, 2013 6:36 PM

          me and my friends had a blast with the first game at LANs, rail drivers were hilarious/awesome

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        February 26, 2013 6:30 PM

        *record scratch* First was good, but second? No nop nopooe

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        February 26, 2013 6:32 PM

        I want a true sequel to RF:G. Then again if they included destruction in SR4 I'd be even more excited.

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          February 26, 2013 6:58 PM

          This so hard. With physx and shit.

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          February 26, 2013 7:02 PM

          SR4... with... destroyable buildings....

          Excuse me, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VLnWf1sQkjY

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            March 5, 2013 4:01 PM

            And if you destroy a building important to a mission it changes to a different location or you change the story in certain ways. Or something.

            Oh and make the character like a Don of a crime organization, and you got huge resources. You can put resources into developing crazy weapons and vehicles.

            Just..more cool shit.

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          February 26, 2013 7:57 PM

          This. THIS! I am playing Space Asshole right now and want MORE SPACE ASSHOLE NEXTGEN LEVEL!

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        February 27, 2013 6:19 AM

        They should of never left the mines..

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      February 26, 2013 6:22 PM

      What a mess. Relic originally published Homeworld 1 & 2 through Sierra. Relic was acquired by THQ, Sierra by Vivendi. Vivendi had the Homeworld rights, but lost the Homeworld trademark back to Relic. So now Relic was clear to continue the Homeworld franchise under THQ, but THQ disolved...and thus Relic loses Homeworld again. This industry sucks sometimes...

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      February 26, 2013 6:33 PM

      I hope crytek buys the IP for darksiders. They hired most of vigil's former staff, it would be perfect.

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        February 26, 2013 6:39 PM

        Except for the whole free-to-play route they have multiple times said they are going. I know I don't want F2P anywhere near Darksiders.

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          February 26, 2013 6:41 PM

          Cevat Yerli or whatever his name is likes to shoot his mouth off. I wouldn't take that too seriously until they announce a specific product.

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            February 27, 2013 12:48 AM

            They've already announced Warface: http://www.crytek.com/games/warface/overview

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              February 27, 2013 6:01 AM

              True, I had forgotten about that. On the other hand, Cevat Yerli does tend to make extreme statements when the reality ends up not being extreme. Didn't he say a couple times Crytek isn't going to do PC games anymore (or something to that effect)? Yet they're still making PC games.

              I get the feeling he makes these statements in public, then gets talked down in private later.

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          February 26, 2013 6:43 PM

          Pay to play is still a perfectly viable business model, did crytek state they're going F2P exclusive or something?

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          February 26, 2013 8:29 PM

          Don't think they'd put free to play for a single player game though

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        February 26, 2013 8:34 PM

        Was thinking that also, really hope it goes back to them. Double fine will likely pick up their games' license and now I am wondering since warhammer 40k isn't there if that went with Relic (seemed never to be confirmed) or if Games Workshop just ripped the contract and if Relic/Sega or someone who wants it has to renegotiate and actually if the Dark Millenium went with 40k license or just completely scrapped since was cancelled

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        February 26, 2013 9:09 PM

        I was pretty sure that Crytek said they had no interest in Darksiders :(

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          February 26, 2013 11:33 PM

          Maybe it's like in Quantum of Solace when the CIA douche is like "lol no interest in that badguy" and it actually means extreme interest!

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          February 27, 2013 2:51 AM

          They did, they said they want them doing something new and awesome. I'm okay with that.

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            February 27, 2013 3:16 AM

            I am both okay and disappointed with that.

            I loved Darksiders 1 and 2.

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              February 27, 2013 4:27 AM

              Got the first one in a Steam sale, still haven't played it. Damn backlogs :[

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      February 26, 2013 6:40 PM

      Wtf, no one has said they wanted Homeworld to get bought? I hope Sega buys it.

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        February 26, 2013 6:55 PM

        The first round of sales was for larger serial IP and games that were close to completing development so that the buyers (and the investment firm that bought THQ's properties) could get a quick return.

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        February 26, 2013 8:27 PM

        ...and they give it to Gearbox to develop Homeworld 3.

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          February 26, 2013 8:47 PM

          Fuuuuuuuuuuuuu

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          February 26, 2013 10:45 PM

          "...who then out-souced all development to a third party while shilling funding from Sega intended for Homeworld 3 into Borderlands 3."

          Sounds 'bout right. I hope Randy doesn't read this and get another great idea.

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          February 27, 2013 7:09 AM

          After Colonial Marines, I'd be surprised to see GearBox develop anything for Sega ever again.

          Creative Assembly on the otherhand could probably do something decent with Homeworld even though their forte has been more on terrestrial strategy. They seem to at least have a good grasp on the strategy genre in general.

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        February 26, 2013 8:59 PM

        Dunno, the first two sold poorly despite being great games

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      February 26, 2013 6:41 PM

      I'd buy most of them for a dollar.

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      February 26, 2013 6:45 PM

      The most important question here is Saints Row. Did anyone purchase that iP? I absolutely loved SR3, must have another SR game.

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        February 26, 2013 6:52 PM

        Koch Media picked up Volition, and it is assumed that also included the rights to Saints Row. No idea why Homeworld didn't go with Relic, but as I posted above, that TM has had its share of problems, so THQ might have ended up owning it outright.

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      February 26, 2013 9:07 PM

      wasn't there a kickstarter to acquire Homeworld IP ?!!

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        February 26, 2013 9:25 PM

        They only got pledges for ~25% of what they wanted.

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        March 1, 2013 2:41 PM

        A kickstarter to try to buy something at auction would be retarded.

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      February 27, 2013 12:46 AM

      WHATS HAPPENING TO THE 40k MMO LICENSE/ASSETS ?!?!?!

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        February 27, 2013 12:48 AM

        Went to Sega, I thought?

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          February 27, 2013 4:47 AM

          relic went to sega, and with them I'm assuming went the rights to the Dawn of War franchise.

          Vigil had the rights to develop that 40k MMO (which ended up not being an MMO) regardless there was work done on it and I'm curious if someone can pick up where they left off or what ?

          also.. space marine??

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      February 27, 2013 4:44 AM

      GEARBOX, STAY THE FUCK AWAY!

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      February 27, 2013 6:30 AM

      IIRC, someone single handedly figured out the license problems with System Shock 2. Can someone please do this for Homeworld?

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        February 27, 2013 7:57 AM

        Honestly, I'd be happy if someone just got the rights to put it on GOG. Still haven't played HW2 yet :/