THQ has had a really bad year. Their stock is plummeting, their high-profile releases haven’t sold impressive numbers, and several of their upcoming titles such as Metro: Last Light and South Park: The Stick of Truth have been delayed. In spite of all this, they seem to be doing well on the quality and creativity front, since Ubisoft has expressed interest in acquiring some of their IPs.
Yves Guillemont, CEO of Ubisoft, recently stated in an interview with GamesIndustry that if things do go sour for THQ, his company would be willing to pick up the pieces.
What happened to [THQ] is something that happens regularly when we have transition,” he said to Game Industry. “Some can make it, some decide to go in different direction. It happened with Atari and Midway and also Acclaim last generation. … It’s something that happens in this industry and that’s the way the industry consolidates.
We are always interested in good brands. For sure, it’s something we can consider, but I can’t tell you more.
THQ’s most recent title, Darksiders II, sold over a million units but still failed to acquire enough sales to make up for its gargantuan budget. currently, THQ is also in charge of Homefront, Saints Row, Warhammer 40,000, and the now dormant Red Faction series.
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