On April 15th bidding for the remainder of THQs assets finally finished, putting the full stop on the company’s demise. In the auction such properties as Darksiders and Red Faction were up for sale. According to a report by Polygon today, one or more of the series on sale were bought, but exactly which ones remains largely a mystery.
According to the report a total of 17 bids were placed in the final auction, though it doesn’t mention by how many companies. The sales, should they be approved by the court, who should reach their decisions by the end of May, will bring in a grand total of $6-7 million. According to Polygon, though, the files don’t show who bid on what, leaving us all to wonder what games were saved from the fire.
On a personal note, I’ve got my fingers crossed for Darksiders, a series which I believe has a lot more potential yet and that publishers would be mad to let die. According to ex-Vigil employees who now work in a newly formed Crytek studio, they were planning on bidding on the IP, saying that it belongs in the hands of its creators.
The only thing we are certain of is that the Homeworld IP was one of the ones sold. We know this because TeamPixel updated their Kickstarter page to say that despite their best efforts they had been outbid by another company. TeamPixel had taken to Kickstarter to raise funds to purchase the Homeworld franchise, having been planning on developing Homeworld 3 and Homeworld Touch if successful.
“Homeworld will escape the THQ bankruptcy to a new home, however, that home will not be with teamPixel, LLC,” the Kickstarter update reads. “The auction for the Homeworld license ended April 15, 2013, and while we reached qualified bidder status for the bankruptcy auction, we were unable to raise the necessary funds to remain competitive against the other parties at the auction.”
Their Kickstarter has also been updated to say that they will, of course, be refunding everyone who backed the campaign.
All we can do now is wait for May. Once the courts have approved or denied sales we should see the bidders announce what their acquisitions are and their plans for them. Fingers crossed that Darksiders will be one of those that gets announced.