News has broken out about the sale of THQ’s assets and it looks like many of the defunct publisher’s signature franchises have been acquired. But, surprisingly, some seemingly bankable properties haven’t been snatched up.
Many of the titles mentioned in a previously published assets list were sold off today. Most conspicuously, WWE isn’t mentioned in the list of sold-off franchises mentioned in an official goodbye letter from earlier today. The pro wrestling licence was the source of annually released games, which ranked among THQ’s top earners for years. Another instalment of the WWE franchise was said to be in development, presumably due to hit shelves later this year. But so far, no suitors for the video game slice of Vince McMahon’s empire have emerged.
Vigil Studios, the wholly owned dev group of the two Darksiders games, also hasn’t found a home yet. The future for any further Darksiders games was nebulous and updates to the dev team’s work on the Warhammer franchise were unclear as of a month ago.
In the letter that circulated to THQ employees today, exec leaders Brian Farrell and Jason Rubin said:
Some assets, including our publishing businesses and Vigil, along with some other intellectual properties are not included in the sale agreements. They will remain part of the Chapter 11 case. We will make every effort to find appropriate buyers, if possible.
That seems to hint that THQ may yet find companies willing to take on the WWE franchise and Vigil. Kotaku has reached out to WWE representatives for comment and will update this story if we hear back.
Update: IGN, citing unidentified sources, says 2K Sports parent Take-Two Interactive will acquire the WWE licence from THQ. Earlier rumours had said EA Sports acquired the licence directly from WWE before the auction of THQ’s assets. EA Sports denies this. An EA Sports spokesman told Kotaku the label has no plans to get into WWE-licensed games.