I harbour a deep love for Darksiders. The first title, as repetitive as it was, featured a tale and setting that felt extremely original at the time (Ed's note: Only because you'd not yet played a Zelda game at that point). Take the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse and let players wreak havoc with the most imposing of them – War. Darksiders II, for the most part, built nicely on the existing formula, but sadly ended up being one of THQ’s very last releases. But it’s getting new life on new consoles sometime soon.
Borderlands developer Gearbox is now master of the Homeworld franchise, having picked up the IP up in the great THQ auction following the publisher’s unfortunate demise. We’ve known for a while that they’ve planned to remaster the original 3D space RTS games – but we’ve not had a look at how it was doing. Until now.
THQ was one of the more prolific developers and publishers to kick the bucket in the last generation.In a sad, sad situation, the company was forced to declare bankruptcy after a spiralling series of poor judgement calls and mismanagement, most notably the decision to invest fortunes in the UDraw Tablet. It’s a sad situation, made sadder by these sad pictures of THQ’s offices.
Before THQ bit the dust and went ultra-bankrupt, it was a publishing giant. It had numerous titles underneath its belt, and the future looked good. It also had a bin full of cancelled games, including one detective game with a supernatural edge to it that was being developed by People Can Fly back in 2006.
Evolve is one of those games picked up from the smouldering embers of THQ’s demise early last year and I’m increasingly starting to think 2K games made a wise purchasing decision. You may not recognize its developer, Turtle Rock Studios by name, but you’re almost certainly aware of its biggest game; the co-operative zombie-shooter Left 4 Dead. Evolve takes the basic premise of that, as a co-operative shooter and - I hate myself for saying this – evolves it. And it’s fun.
If you haven’t played it yet, go pick up Warhammer 40 000: Space Marine. It’s a dedicated action game that deserved better and was supposed to spearhead a trilogy of games, but those plans eventually fell apart when THQ collapsed. And according to its developer, it would have been one hell of a story.
Despite not actually really existing anymore, THQ has decided to sue EA and the UFC – for what amounts to collusion. If you’ll recall, EA purchased the licence to make UFC games from THQ while that company was collapsing.
Saints Row is a GTA parody, clearly seen as the clown of the gaming industry. It's fun, silly and over the top. So why were they less than impressed with the emphasis on porn stars in previous iterations?
You might remember that Gearbox picked up the rights to the dormant Homeworld franchise from the smouldering embers of THQ. That could be a good or bad thing, depending on whether they treat it like Borderlands, or one of their other franchises. they’re off to a good, if expected start; they’ll be releasing HD versions of the first two games.
Fans of military real-time strategy games have been starved for a good, triple A, not free-to-play game for ages – pretty much since Command and Conquer went down the tubes. That changes soon though, when Company of Heroes 2 from Relic Entertainment and new publisher SEGA releases. Here’s a new trailer showcasing the RTS' three core bits of warfare, giving you a bird’s eye view of infantry, armoured vehicle and aerial assaults.
I giggled at the implicit irony when Patrice Désilets, the chap who designed the first two Assassin’s Creed games, left Ubisoft for THQ, only to have he and his team acquired by Ubisoft after THQ’s meltdown. I’m not sure if I should be giggling a second time – because he’s now left Ubisoft. Again.
The latest title in the Metro series has had a tough time trying to make it to market with their distributor going out of business and there being a few delays in the process, however it’s nearly here and I’m still hopeful it can prove to be a solid title.
THQ might have crumbled, but there’s consolation in that our very favourite series from the publisher – as well as the developer behind it – has been saved from the ruin. Volition Inc’s next chapter in the irreverent, over-the-top Saint’s Row is coming along nicely – and will be the biggest, craziest game in the series, promising a “fuck ton” more open-world content.
When THQ crumbled, were were worried that 4A Games’ sequel to Metro 2033 would be in a spot of bother. It was meant to be released this month – but THQ’s demise made that rather uncertain. thankfully, the game was picked up in the great THQ auction by Koch Media – and they’ve now given the game a release date. Hooray!
Much like explosive diarrhoea, there happens to be bits of THQ everywhere now. The company is dead, and it’s various games and license have been scattered to the winds of other gaming studios and publishers. Well, most of them anyway. THQ still has a few properties left that no one wanted the first time that they had an auction, so they’re going to be trying once again to kick them out the door one more time.