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(IGN)   Sad: THQ shut its doors and auctioned off almost all of its assets. Sadder: The only asset not auctioned was Vigil Games/Darksiders IP. Cool: Platinum Games reaches out to Vigil and wants to keep the franchise alive   (ign.com) divider line 113
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2013-01-24 02:20:32 PM
As a huge fan of the Darksiders franchise I'm very glad to hear this. The first one was fantastic, like God of War and Legend of Zelda somehow magically farked and the offspring was Darksiders. Their take on the 4 horsemen is very interesting. I also liked how the gameplay changed between 1 & 2, with War being more of a heavy bruiser, while Death was all about speed and finesse.

Was worried when I read yesterday that Vigil was the only asset not auctioned off. Cool that Platinum is stepping in to help.
 
2013-01-24 02:37:41 PM
I really hope the Company of Heroes and W40k games find a good home. I loved both of those a lot.
 
2013-01-24 02:40:12 PM

cannotsuggestaname: I really hope the Company of Heroes and W40k games find a good home. I loved both of those a lot.


Sega bought relic. and as long as relic is left intact, I imagine gamesworkshop will keep the 40k license with them.

I can see platinum owning vigil and darksiders as being an awesome thing. and a backdoor way for nintendo to own vigil, it's like a pre-made western zelda studio.
 
2013-01-24 02:43:23 PM

cannotsuggestaname: I really hope the Company of Heroes and W40k games find a good home. I loved both of those a lot.


They found Sega. Whether that's good or not remains to be seen
 
2013-01-24 02:49:53 PM

scottydoesntknow: cannotsuggestaname: I really hope the Company of Heroes and W40k games find a good home. I loved both of those a lot.

They found Sega. Whether that's good or not remains to be seen


I think it will be, for dawn of war anyway. I mean, it's basically going to mean a Total War:Imperium of Man game.

...

...

which is going to be awesome.

I would like to see them keep doing something with the "Space Marine" game. I kinda want an awesome pre-heresy story driven RPG/3rd person shooter using that engine.
 
2013-01-24 03:41:48 PM
I hope they pick this up. I bought Darksiders on a whim and enjoyed the hell out of it and Darksiders 2. Mainly enjoyed the Zelda like gameplay. Did seem as I was playing that I would recognize gameplay elements from other games.
 
2013-01-24 03:43:43 PM
That reminds me, I really need to finish playing Darksiders 2.

I really hope that Platinum buys not just the Darksiders IP, but Vigil as well. While I'm sure it would be insanely cool to see what Platinum does with that license, they are already making character-action games out the wazoo like Bayonetta 2 and MGS Rising.

Platinum needs to buy Vigil and then allow them the freedom and resources to make Darksiders 3 a crazy game.
 
2013-01-24 03:45:27 PM
That was far from the only property to go unauctioned by the way. I have yet.to hear anything about the Titan Quest license for example. I wish Crate could get that one back...
 
2013-01-24 03:45:46 PM
I remember past E3s where THQ was in a side hall off the main entrance, and always thought the games they were putting out were a joke (EX, I remember some Bugs Bunny game).

Then at some point, they changed things up and started to put out some quality stuff (Like Saints Row, buggy and derivative as it was, the first one was fun as hell, and the second one actually innovated (EX, online co-op through the entire game)).

Then the screwed things up again, too much DLC and other stuff.

They just never seemed to have consistency in their releases. Sad because there was/is a lot of potential wrapped up there. I chalk this entire thing up to management screwups :(
 
2013-01-24 03:46:12 PM
I wonder who will pick up the WWE license.
 
2013-01-24 03:46:43 PM
All I know is Sega better let Relic finish Company of Heroes 2.
 
2013-01-24 03:47:51 PM
Why does Sega + Relic make me think of a 40k game done with the tactical (but not graphical style) engine of Valkyria Chronicles?

That could actually be damned impressive for Kill Team style game...
 
2013-01-24 03:51:43 PM

lordargent: They just never seemed to have consistency in their releases. Sad because there was/is a lot of potential wrapped up there. I chalk this entire thing up to management screwups :(


Yes, it had a lot to do with poor management. They put a hell of a lot of stock into Homefront, hoping to chip away at the CoD/Battlefield base, but were very unsuccessful. Putting so much stock into advertising Homefront meant other games got very little attention, like Darksiders II which was critically acclaimed, but sales were low. They also lost the UFC license to EA and the delays with other games (like the South Park one) put them in a lot of trouble.
 
2013-01-24 03:53:01 PM

Hunter4242: Why does Sega + Relic make me think of a 40k game done with the tactical (but not graphical style) engine of Valkyria Chronicles?

That could actually be damned impressive for Kill Team style game...


your newsletter, I want to subscribe and contribute to it.
 
2013-01-24 03:54:57 PM

ManateeGag: I wonder who will pick up the WWE license.


Rumor is 2K.
 
2013-01-24 03:56:56 PM

scottydoesntknow: They also lost the UFC license to EA and the delays with other games (like the South Park one) put them in a lot of trouble.



Cause and effect They sold the UFC license to EA because they were hard up for cash at that time.
 
2013-01-24 04:02:19 PM
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I spent many a night with my friends playing this THQ gem.
 
2013-01-24 04:04:50 PM

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I spent many a night with my friends playing this THQ gem.


The greatest wrasslin video game of all time.
 
2013-01-24 04:08:08 PM

Hunter4242: Why does Sega + Relic make me think of a 40k game done with the tactical (but not graphical style) engine of Valkyria Chronicles?

That could actually be damned impressive for Kill Team style game...


If you put a Imperial guard skin on it, and gave everyone a lasgun, and switched the tank for a Leman Russ, VC would play pretty much like my ideal gaurdsmen game.

Always wanted one that focuses on small squads and strategic combat, but most 40k games seem to revolve around the Astares instead. It's really a shame.
 
2013-01-24 04:10:53 PM

Antimatter: Hunter4242: Why does Sega + Relic make me think of a 40k game done with the tactical (but not graphical style) engine of Valkyria Chronicles?

That could actually be damned impressive for Kill Team style game...

If you put a Imperial guard skin on it, and gave everyone a lasgun, and switched the tank for a Leman Russ, VC would play pretty much like my ideal gaurdsmen game.

Always wanted one that focuses on small squads and strategic combat, but most 40k games seem to revolve around the Astares instead. It's really a shame.


fark YES. We have to make this happen.
 
2013-01-24 04:11:37 PM
Problem with THQ was they have so many games but a vast majority of them were geared towards kids. That might sell well, but 15 different SpongeBob games aren't going to sell to many people over the age of 10.
 
2013-01-24 04:13:27 PM

Celerian: Problem with THQ was they have so many games but a vast majority of them were geared towards kids. That might sell well, but 15 different SpongeBob games aren't going to sell to many people over the age of 10.


Kiddie shovelware games are actually easy money. What killed them were the (expensive) AAA titles that didn't sell and sinking so much into things like uDraw.
 
2013-01-24 04:14:45 PM
I loved a lot of the IPs and studios, so I hope those guys find other work. I also hope that the management involved, especially Brian Farrell, never work in the industry again.
 
2013-01-24 04:15:29 PM
Read that Zenimax (which owns Bethesda, makers of the Elder Scrolls/Fallout) came in second to Sega for the Relic bid (40K franchise, Company of Heroes).

For those ever wishing for an Imperium of Man-set RPG, a Fallout Tactics sequel or an Elder Scrolls RTS ... it's what could have been. Sigh.

Oh well, at least it wasn't EA/Activision.

Also, I would've loved to have seen Crytek or Valve pick up Saints Row. Take Two would've sabotaged Saints Row 4, suffocating it in a blanket for GTA's glory.
 
2013-01-24 04:17:43 PM

Celerian: Problem with THQ was they have so many games but a vast majority of them were geared towards kids. That might sell well, but 15 different SpongeBob games aren't going to sell to many people over the age of 10.


Bad license management, bad investments (Homefront and UDraw), poor budgeting, terrible studio management, etc. They had a lot of problems, cheaply made kids games wasn't one of them.
 
2013-01-24 04:18:04 PM
uDraw killed THQ.

I do hope the Virgil team gets to keep on going.
Darksiders 1 and 2 have been a fun ride. They fill that over the top dramatics genre that Legacy of Kain used to fill.
 
2013-01-24 04:18:06 PM

Antimatter: Hunter4242: Why does Sega + Relic make me think of a 40k game done with the tactical (but not graphical style) engine of Valkyria Chronicles?

That could actually be damned impressive for Kill Team style game...

If you put a Imperial guard skin on it, and gave everyone a lasgun, and switched the tank for a Leman Russ, VC would play pretty much like my ideal gaurdsmen game.

Always wanted one that focuses on small squads and strategic combat, but most 40k games seem to revolve around the Astares instead. It's really a shame.


Something that was similar to the new XCOM would have a chance at being really good.
 
2013-01-24 04:18:51 PM

Practical_Draconian: Valve pick up Saints Row


yeah, that's not going to happen.

...tapping foot patiently for ep 3 or hl3
 
2013-01-24 04:23:19 PM
My 'Yay' moment? The Metro: 2033 series will continue to be developed by 4A Games.

My "Oh shiat!" moment? Learning that Volition picked up the franchising rights..... effffing efff efff eff!
 
2013-01-24 04:24:10 PM

thecpt: Practical_Draconian: Valve pick up Saints Row

yeah, that's not going to happen.

...tapping foot patiently for ep 3 or hl3


That's not gunna happen either. :)
 
2013-01-24 04:26:53 PM

SuperChuck: Antimatter: Hunter4242: Why does Sega + Relic make me think of a 40k game done with the tactical (but not graphical style) engine of Valkyria Chronicles?

That could actually be damned impressive for Kill Team style game...

If you put a Imperial guard skin on it, and gave everyone a lasgun, and switched the tank for a Leman Russ, VC would play pretty much like my ideal gaurdsmen game.

Always wanted one that focuses on small squads and strategic combat, but most 40k games seem to revolve around the Astares instead. It's really a shame.

Something that was similar to the new XCOM would have a chance at being really good.


Xcom and the Ghost recon advance warfighter engines are like, the only two other engines that would fit perfectly. Ether way, I just really, really want to see it.
 
2013-01-24 04:31:01 PM

Celerian: thecpt: Practical_Draconian: Valve pick up Saints Row

yeah, that's not going to happen.

...tapping foot patiently for ep 3 or hl3

That's not gunna happen either. :)


you realistic bastard! (sobs)
 
2013-01-24 04:35:01 PM

Practical_Draconian: Also, I would've loved to have seen Crytek or Valve pick up Saints Row.


Deep Silver picked it up and their bid was way higher than anyone else, so they must have some faith in the series and Volition. It will be their highest profile title so I bet they'll take good care of it.
 
2013-01-24 04:36:34 PM

Antimatter: SuperChuck: Antimatter: Hunter4242: Why does Sega + Relic make me think of a 40k game done with the tactical (but not graphical style) engine of Valkyria Chronicles?

That could actually be damned impressive for Kill Team style game...

If you put a Imperial guard skin on it, and gave everyone a lasgun, and switched the tank for a Leman Russ, VC would play pretty much like my ideal gaurdsmen game.

Always wanted one that focuses on small squads and strategic combat, but most 40k games seem to revolve around the Astares instead. It's really a shame.

Something that was similar to the new XCOM would have a chance at being really good.

Xcom and the Ghost recon advance warfighter engines are like, the only two other engines that would fit perfectly. Ether way, I just really, really want to see it.


There was Chaos Gate back in the mid to late 90s but it was pretty bad. Buggy as hell and not very pretty.
 
2013-01-24 04:40:49 PM
This reminds me, I need to pick up an better controller for Darksiders.

Playing it with a keyboard is kinda sucky
 
2013-01-24 04:50:39 PM

SuperChuck: Antimatter: SuperChuck: Antimatter: Hunter4242: Why does Sega + Relic make me think of a 40k game done with the tactical (but not graphical style) engine of Valkyria Chronicles?

That could actually be damned impressive for Kill Team style game...

If you put a Imperial guard skin on it, and gave everyone a lasgun, and switched the tank for a Leman Russ, VC would play pretty much like my ideal gaurdsmen game.

Always wanted one that focuses on small squads and strategic combat, but most 40k games seem to revolve around the Astares instead. It's really a shame.

Something that was similar to the new XCOM would have a chance at being really good.

Xcom and the Ghost recon advance warfighter engines are like, the only two other engines that would fit perfectly. Ether way, I just really, really want to see it.

There was Chaos Gate back in the mid to late 90s but it was pretty bad. Buggy as hell and not very pretty.


All the more reason for a modern IG based game. Winter assault expac for DoW 1 was fantastic, if nothing like tabletop. But the characterization of the gaurd and their actions was pretty spot on.
 
2013-01-24 04:51:14 PM

meat0918: This reminds me, I need to pick up an better controller for Darksiders.

Playing it with a keyboard is kinda sucky


Yeah, one of the games I find much better using a controller for. Lots of things on Steam are actually coming out controller enabled now.
 
2013-01-24 04:59:19 PM
THQ shutting down isn't sad.
EA, Activision-Blizzard, Valve, and other companies need to join them.
 
2013-01-24 05:04:43 PM

God-is-a-Taco: THQ shutting down isn't sad.
EA, Activision-Blizzard, Valve, and other companies need to join them.


ok...EA maybe...Activision..eh...


But what the holy hell has Valve done wrong? Steam is the reason i've joined the glorious PC gaming master race.
 
2013-01-24 05:06:05 PM

God-is-a-Taco: THQ shutting down isn't sad.
EA, Activision-Blizzard, Valve, and other companies need to join them.


Owwww that's so cute. Can I keep him?
 
2013-01-24 05:08:14 PM

meatofmystery: But what the holy hell has Valve done wrong? Steam is the reason i've joined the glorious PC gaming master race.


He's either so retarded that when he first logged on to Steam he raged that they were demanding money for the games on sale, he's the retard who tried to use 6 different hot cards to buy stuff and gaben himself made a forum post telling him to fark off OR he's try to troll.

My money is on being retarded though.
 
2013-01-24 05:09:44 PM
I ordered the uDraw tablet and a uDraw tablet compatible game from Best Buy last week and got it yesterday. Damn thing doesn't do jack squat. I used fresh batteries, pressed the sync buttons, re-positioned the system and controller...nothing. I'm taking this piece of shiat back to BB tomorrow for a refund. With crap tech like that, it's no wonder THQ bought the farm. Hopefully the Darksiders and Saints Row IPs will end up in more competent hands.
 
2013-01-24 05:10:45 PM
On the plus side, Darksiders is free to download on PSN if you're a PS Plus member.
 
2013-01-24 05:12:50 PM
You know, between Relic and The Creative Assembly, Sega is now a powerhouse in the RTS genre.
 
2013-01-24 05:13:14 PM

meatofmystery: God-is-a-Taco: THQ shutting down isn't sad.
EA, Activision-Blizzard, Valve, and other companies need to join them.

ok...EA maybe...Activision..eh...


But what the holy hell has Valve done wrong? Steam is the reason i've joined the glorious PC gaming master race.


second
 
2013-01-24 05:14:51 PM

meatofmystery: God-is-a-Taco: THQ shutting down isn't sad.
EA, Activision-Blizzard, Valve, and other companies need to join them.

ok...EA maybe...Activision..eh...


But what the holy hell has Valve done wrong? Steam is the reason i've joined the glorious PC gaming master race.


yea, fark those guys... wait... valve?

well, fark you.
 
2013-01-24 05:23:23 PM
As a Saints Row fan I hope Volition survives is new owners. When I saw the name "Koch Media" I got worried, but it turns out there's no relation to those Kochs.

I also hope the people responsible for the completely incompetent Saints Row 2 PC port somehow end up working for EA as punishment.
 
2013-01-24 05:27:13 PM

SuperT: scottydoesntknow: cannotsuggestaname: I really hope the Company of Heroes and W40k games find a good home. I loved both of those a lot.

They found Sega. Whether that's good or not remains to be seen

I think it will be, for dawn of war anyway. I mean, it's basically going to mean a Total War:Imperium of Man game.

...

...

which is going to be awesome.


Yeah, "awesome". And an exterminatus is "a mild inconvenience".
 
2013-01-24 05:28:32 PM
Ya know, this thread is making me feel guilty for not playing the free copy of Darksiders on my Steam account.

/carpal problems and so many games to try and so little time
 
2013-01-24 05:32:43 PM
THQ pack is still on sale on amazon and I'm cursing myself for not picking up darksiders franchise for $8. I already have several of the games from the mega pack. Of course games backlog is around 60 at this point so this will just go in my pile.
 
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