It’s happening all the time but the last 48 hours stressed the importance of both hardware and software. The successful marriage of both produces successes and/or improves the experience for everyone whereas an imbalance could spell disaster and defeat. It’s not necessarily just a matter of technical support either — the business side of hardware and software has a significant impact as well.
THQ wasn’t sold to another company when it filed for bankruptcy; that plan fell through and a month later they’re dead. Fortunately many of THQ’s top properties and studios found new homes but not everyone was so fortunate. The most significant casualty of all this is the end of Vigil Studios who developed the DarkSiders franchise.
Here’s what was sold, who bought it and for how much:
Relic Entertainment (Company of Heroes) was purchased by Sega for $26 million
Volition (Saints Row, Red Faction) was purchased by Koch Media (publisher of Dead Island) for $22.3 million
“Evolve” developed by Turtle Rock Studios (Left4Dead 1 & 2) was purchased by Take-Two Interactive for $11 million
“Metro” franchise was purchased by Koch Media for $5.8 million
“South Park” license was purchased by Ubisoft for $3.2 million
THQ Montreal (incl. Patrice Desilets) was purchased by Ubisoft for $2.5 million
“Homefront” franchise was purchased by Crytek for $500,000
Honestly this covers most of what I’ve come to know THQ for and it’s good to know that most of it is going somewhere. Legacy IP like Red Faction and Homeworld will be auctioned off at a later date.
Good bye Toys Headquarters. Thanks for giving a valiant effort towards the end of your life.
Warface? Out of all the names, Crytek chose Warface. I guess it’ll work well with their Gface initiative. It’s going to be a free to play first person shooter and it will be class based. I bet you can guess what the classes will be without even pressing play on the trailer below.
I can’t say I’m intrigued. Nothing shown in the trailer was particularly original — not even the mech. But who knows? It’s free and it may turn out to be something great.
It wouldn’t be a Game Developer’s Conference without some middleware upselling. First we have Crytek’s CryEngine 3. It starts with a demo reel of games powered by their engine before getting into the nitty gritty.
It’s a nice little off screen capture of the trailers, but it doesn’t quite match the trailer Epic put out for their Unreal Engine 3 updates.
Epic’s trailer showcased a wide range of platforms including Adobe Flash, Vita, iOS and the usual candidates. That’s far more impressive than the handful of no-name games (except Mechwarrior Online) that Crytek showed off. But most importantly, Unreal Engine 3 continues to look awesome. I look forward to GDC 2013 where we’ll hopefully be seeing Unreal Engine 4 making its debut.