As THQ's bankruptcy court proceedings wrap up, reports on the successful suitors for the company's individual assets are filing in, indicating that the pieces of the embattled publisher will be going their separate ways.
Polygon is reporting on various tweets from THQ staff, and an alleged internal email sent by THQ's CEO and President Brian Farrell and Jason Rubin, which appear to corroborate the stronger rumours that have been circulating. However, as all deals are subject to final court approval, all should still be considered tentative at this point (via Polygon
Under the proposed sales Sega will purchase Relic, Koch Media will purchase Volition and Metro: Last Light, Crytek will purchase Homefront, Take 2 will purchase Evolve and Ubisoft will purchase Montreal and South Park, according to the letter provided to Polygon from former employees.
Some assets, including THQ's publishing businesses and Vigil, along with some unnamed intellectual properties, are not included in the sale agreement. THQ officials said they're still trying to find buyers for those.
Once approved, the sales are expected to close this week.
While Farrell and Rubin were careful to note that they couldn't make any promises, they wrote that they expect most employees of the entities included in the sale will be offered employment by the new owners.
"However, we cannot say what these owners may intend, and there will likely be some positions that will not be needed under the new ownership," according to the letter. "You should receive notice this week or early next week if the new owners intend to extend employment to you.
"If you are an employee of an entity that is not included in the sale, we regret that your position will end."
All of these developments will no doubt prove very interesting as the various projects continue development.
At a glance, SEGA seems like a good fit for Relic, who will hopefully treat the Company of Heroes 2 developer in the same manner as The Creative Assembly and continue their strong PC support. Assuming he sticks around, THQ Montreal's acquisition by Ubisoft will see former Assassin's Creed head Patrice Desilets brought back into the fold, and bolster the French publisher's already huge Quebecois presence. Given South Park: The Stick of Truth is seemingly close to completion at Obsidian, not much is expected to change there, but for better or worse probably means UPlay integration.
Take 2 picking up the rights to Turtle Rock's Evolve should also prove to be a safe place for the Left 4 Dead developer's intriguing new co-op shooter, and Crytek securing Homefront means they'll have complete creative control over the sequel currently in the works at Timesplitters creators Crytek UK, which can surely only be a good thing.
Volition going to Koch Media is probably the biggest surprise, given the comparative scale of the company best known recently for Dead Island. So that's a bit of a wildcard for the future of Saints Row, but 4A Games' Metro: Last Light should make it through their distribution channel unscathed.
The uncertainty of Vigil Games is disappointing, as there is clearly plenty of talent at the Darksiders developer, but at least the abundance of other studios in Austin Texas should allow many to find a new home.
Our condolences and best wishes go out to all that have lost their employment or been otherwise uprooted by these developments.