Published on January 26th, 2013 | by Francois Chang1
Hot in Gaming: THQ sells off its assets, Atari next to go, Wii U games on the way
THQ is officially gone
THQ’s demise has finally ended with its popular assets being sold off. Sega has picked up Relic (Company of Heroes), Koch Media has taken Volition (Saints Row) and the Metro: Last Light IP and Crytek has bought the Homefront IP. Ubisoft has also bought the entirety of THQ Montreal along with the rights to the South Park: The Stick of Truth IP. Lastly, Take-Two has taken new IP Evolve as well as the drama-centered WWE license. After 19 years and weeks after filing for bankruptcy, we can officially say good-bye. Thanks for the memories, THQ.
Atari files for bankruptcy
It’s sad but true. This week was the end for THQ and the beginning of the end for Atari. Sort of. Atari has been slipping for years now and a lot of the blame is being pointed to parent company Atari SA, which has supposedly been the cause of holding back certain title releases. Atari has best been known for the 2600 and the ‘pong’ generation of games and, although they haven’t made major moves in recent years, it’s disheartening to see them go. Like THQ, Atari plans to sell off its logo and assets. Stay tuned.
Major Wii U games on the way
On the brighter side of video game news, Nintendo has announced major titles for the Wii U and most of them will be playable at E3. Two new Zeldas, Mario and Mario Kart and a new Yarn Yoshi game is good enough for most gamers. Add on top of that the fact that we will see screens and possibly a video for the new Smash Bros. by the time E3 rolls around and what you have is big time stimulus for gamers to pick up a Wii U this year.