THQ auction results are in. Gearbox and Nordic strike big

All of THQ’s remaining properties have now been snapped up at auction. The results are surprising…

We know Koch Media struck big with Saints Row and Metro. We also know 2K took the WWE license and Ubisoft got South Park: Stick of Truth. However, there was still a lot of IP left to claim from the THQ camp. All of that has now been snapped up.

The big winners are Nordic Games who have not only secured Red Faction, they also own the extremely desirable Darksiders property and basically everything else from the THQ vault. Meanwhile, Gearbox have snapped up Homeworld and are already making plans to re-release the titles digitally for all major platforms. Finally, 505 Games have secured Drawn to Life.

Looking at that stable of IP, it’s still hard to believe THQ have gone under. So much potential for quality there.

Below are the winning bids. Big thanks to Joystiq for compiling this…

Listed with auction lot designations:

Homeworld (Lot 2) (IP)

  • Winning bid: $1.35M – Gearbox Software

Darksiders (Lot 4), Red Faction (Lot 1), MX vs ATV (Lot 3), Other Owned Software from Lot 5 (includes Destroy all Humans!, Summoner and more), and Other Licensed Software from Lot 6 (includes Marvel Super Hero Squad, Supreme Commander and more) (IP)

  • Winning bid: $4.9 million from Nordic Games Licensing AB

Nordic Games isn’t currently sharing the full details of its Lot 5 and 6 acquisitions until Mid-May

Drawn to Life and Drawn to Life: The Next Chapter (A specific pull from Lot 5)(IP)

  • Winning bid: $300,000 – 505 Games


THQ Official List of Intellectual Property Available for Bidding

Lot 1 – Nordic Games Licensing AB

  • Red Faction
  • Red Faction Armageddon
  • Red Faction 2
  • Red Faction: Guerrilla

Lot 2 – Gearbox Software

  • Homeworld
  • Homeworld 2

Lot 3 – Nordic Games Licensing AB

  • MX Alive
  • MX vs ATV Untamed
  • MX Superfly featuring Ricky Carmichael
  • MX vs. ATV Alive Tournament
  • MX Unleashed
  • MX vs. ATV Unleashed
  • MX vs ATV Reflex
  • MX vs. ATV: On The Edge

Lot 4 – Nordic Games Licensing AB

  • Darksiders
  • Darksiders 2

Lot 5 – Nordic Games Licensing AB (please see quote above)

  • All Star Cheer Squad
  • Elements of Destruction
  • All Star Cheer Squad 2
  • Fantastic Pets
  • All Star Karate
  • Frontlines: Fuel of War
  • Baja: Edge of Control
  • Full Spectrum Warrior 1
  • Battle of the Bands
  • Full Spectrum Warrior 2: Ten Hammers
  • Beat City
  • Juiced
  • Big Beach Sports
  • Juiced 2: Hot Import Nights
  • Big Beach Sports 2
  • Lock’s Quest: Construction Combat
  • Big Family Games
  • Neighborhood Games
  • Crawler
  • Pax Imperia
  • Deadly Creatures
  • Stuntman: Ignition
  • Deep Six
  • Summoner
  • Destroy All Humans!
  • Summoner 2
  • Destroy All Humans! 2
  • Terranium
  • Destroy All Humans! Big Willy Unleashed
  • The Outfit
  • Destroy All Humans! Path of the Furon
  • Titan Quest
  • Dood’s Big Adventure
  • Titan Quest: Immortal Throne
  • Drawn to Life
  • uDraw
  • Drawn to Life: The Next Chapter
  • World of Zoo

Lot 5 exception – 505 Games

  • Drawn to Life
  • Drawn to Life: The Next Chapter

Lot 6 – Nordic Games Licensing AB (please see quote above)

  • Costume Quest
  • Scripps Spelling Bee (Scripps)
  • Daniel X (SueJack)
  • Sherlock Holmes and the Mystery of Osborne House
  • Deepak Chopra’s Leela (Curious Holdings)
  • Stacking
  • Fancy Nancy: Tea Party Time! (Harper Collins)
  • Supreme Commander
  • Jeopardy
  • Supreme Commander Forged Alliance
  • Jeopardy 2
  • The Biggest Loser
  • Journey to the Center of the Earth
  • Truth or Lies
  • Let’s Ride Best of Breed
  • Vampire Legends: Power of Three (dtp)
  • Marvel Super Hero Squad: Comic Combat
  • Wheel of Fortune
  • Marvel Super Hero Squad: The Infinity Gauntlet
  • Wheel of Fortune 2
  • Marvel Super Hero Squad: The Infinity Gauntlet 2
  • World of Zoo
  • Nancy Drew: The Hidden Staircase
  • Worms 2
  • Nexuiz
  • Worms Battle Islands
  • Paws & Claws Marine Rescue
  • Worms Open Warfare
  • Paws & Claws Pampered Pets Resort 3D
  • Worms: A Space Oddity
  • PurrPals 2
  • Worms: Open Warfare 2 (Team 17)
  • Rio
  • You Don’t Know Jack (Jellyvision)
  • Rocket Riot
  • Screwjumper (Frozen Codebase)

Less reported on, but it’s worth noting that Nordic own distribution rights to lovely Double Fine titles, Costume Quest and Stacking. They’ve also got their paws on Nexuiz, Rocket Riot and Truth or Lies. What they’ll do with these titles (if anything) remains to be seen.

One thing we do know for sure, THQ is dead and buried and all of their games are now with someone else. Like it or not, the future of those franchises lies in those hands. What happens next is up to them…

(Via Joystiq)

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