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Once upon a time, there was an entire genre of space combat titles. Origin took an early lead with 1990's Wing Commander, but Lucas Arts followed a few years later with the hugely popular X-Wing and Tie Fighter series. In 1998, Volition gave us Descent: Freespace, followed by Freespace 2 in 1999. Both games sold reasonably well, but development on a hypothetical Freespace 3 was nixed when Volition was picked up by THQ. The problem, as often happens, was one of rights. Interplay still owned the rights to the Descent and Freespace franchises, but Volition and THQ had rights to other IP (the game's... Read more...
When THQ went bankrupt a couple of months ago, the first series that popped into my head was Saints Row. Anyone who's played it likely agrees that it's a classic - it takes the traditional FPS formula, puts it in a blender, adds a dash of humor, and becomes a ridiculously fun series. Fortunately, Deep Silver acquired Volition, the series' developer, and it sure didn't take too long before we discovered its fate: Saints Row IV is en route. With a target launch date of August, it's apparent that IV has been in development for some time - and by the looks of things, if you were a fan of the third... Read more...
So long, THQ, and thanks for the pie. The North American game developer and publisher responsible for Saints Row, the Red Faction Series, Company of Heroes, and other titles auctioned off its assets to competitors for around $72 million. "We were hoping that the entire company would remain intact, but we expect to hear good news from each of the separate entities that will be operating as part of new organizations," THQ boss Brian Farrell and President Jason Rubin penned in a letter to employees. "For those THQ employees who are part of entities that are not included in the sale, we are confident... Read more...
Hard times have fallen on video game maker THQ, which reportedly filed for Chapter 1 bankruptcy this week. Affiliates of private equity firm Clearlake Capital Group L.P. will acquire THQ's assets for around $60 million, taking control of the company's four studios and any games currently in development. The sale will allow THQ to shed certain legacy obligations and emerge with a strong financial backing of a new owner, the games developer said. "The sale and filing are necessary next steps to complete THQ’s transformation and position the company for the future, as we remain confident in... Read more...
There are plenty of great game trailers out there, but the one that just hit YouTube for Metro: Last Light will really make your trigger finger itch. Great graphics are to be expected, but they’re nothing without compelling imagery, and this game has that in spades. Subway tunnels that make you feel claustrophobic? Check. Haunting wreckage that points to an end-of-the-world struggle? Got it. Monsters that make you wonder about the people who thought them up? You bet.   Metro: Last Light, which has the tagline “Last Bullet. Last Breath. Last Chance.” is a first-person shooter... Read more...
Nintendo is the first of the 'big three' console makers to launch next generation hardware, but the Wii U has already found some criticism among game developers as an underpowered machine. Specifically, 4A Games' chief technical officer (CTO) Oles Shiskovtsov told NowGamer that the "Wii U has a horrible, slow CPU," citing that as the reason the platform will not see Metro: Last Light. Shiskovtov's comments may have caught THQ off guard. The game publisher almost immediately went into full damage control. "I think there was one comment made by Oles the programmer -- the guy who build the engine,"... Read more...
A Wacom tablet...for the Wii?! That's pretty much right, actually. Ever since Nintendo's Wii was launched, not too many wild and zany peripherals have come out that didn't incorporate the Wii remote in some way. For the most part, the Wii remote was as wild as it gets, so there's not a lot of extra room to innovate beyond that without using it in some way (i.e. a golf club attachment). But now, THQ has figured out a new way of incorporating the Wiimote that actually builds on the Wii's functionality. The uDraw GameTablet for Wii is now available in retailers across America, and it's definitely... Read more...
Steam, Valve Corp's online game distribution system, just added THQ to its roster of big-name developers further expanding the impressive list of games being distributed through its Steam client. THQ is a major game developer and publisher responsible for several recent blockbuster hits such as Company of Heroes, Supreme Commander and S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of Chernobyl. Some of the studios under the THQ's umbrella that will be contributing games to Steam are Relic Entertainment, Gas Powered Games, Lore Entertainment and Pandemic. The addition of THQ's games brings the total number of games... Read more...