THQ Properties Sold To Gearbox, Nordic Games

Homeworld_coverEarlier today, THQ announced the outcomes of an auction it recently held for a number of its intellectual properties not put up for bid in its last major auction. Out of this, developer Gearbox Software purchased the Homeworld games, while the Swedish publisher Nordic Games purchased a number of  THQ’s properties, including Darksiders and Red Faction. THQ is set to receive $6.55 million USD for the sale of these properties.

Gearbox acquired the licence for the sci-fi RTS Homeworld for $1.35 million USD. In a statement on its website, Gearbox said that its Chief Creative Office, Brian Martel, intended “to direct Gearbox’s interest to preserve and assemble the purest form of the original acclaimed and beloved games, Homeworld and Homeworld 2, with the intent of making them accessible on today’s leading digital platforms.” Gearbox beat out other potential bidders including teamPixel, who successfully raised $58,644 through a Kickstarter campaign in an effort to purchase the rights to the franchise. Backers of that campaign will have their pledges refunded.

Nordic Games, meanwhile, successfully bid $4.9 million USD to purchase a suite of former THQ licences. The full list consists of: Darksiders, Red Faction, MX vs ATV, Destroy All Humans, Summoner, Marvel Super Hero Squad, Supreme Commander and other unnamed IP.  Nordic Games’ recently published games include Painkiller: Hell and Damnation, SpellForce 2: Faith In Destiny and The Book of Unwritten Tales.

505 Games also put in a successful bid of $300,000 for Drawn to Life and Drawn to Life: The Next Chapter.

The sales are expected to be finalised after a Bankruptcy Court hearing on May 13.


[Source: Yahoo Finance]