Company of Heroes, Saint's Row, Metro, Homefront. If these are a few of your favorite things, you should know that their publisher, THQ, has been carved up as its bankruptcy case continues. We have the full list of what THQ was able to sell, and sadly, what might be going down with the ship.
First, the good news: A lot of folks get to keep their jobs even though THQ is going to be a non-entity in the very near future.
Sega is taking Relic Entertainment, the Canadian developer of Homeworld, Company of Heroes and the Warhammer 40K games like Dawn of War and Space Marine. It is currently unknown if the Warhammer license will transfer to Sega, but our guess is that it won't.
Crytek, which made the epic PC shooter Crysis, will take the Homefront license. The German developer was developing the sequel to 2011's commercial hit. Koch Media, which owns a game label known as Deep Silver and is also based in Germany, has purchased Champagne, Illinois-based Volition. That team is known for Saint's Row and Red Faction. Koch also snatched up the Metro publishing license from THQ's carcass.
THQ Montreal, which had yet to publish a game, was snapped up by the French giant Ubisoft. The firm also snagged the publishing rights to South Park: The Stick of Truth, an ambitious RPG under development at Obsidian Entertainment. Beyond this, Take 2 snatched the publishing rights to Evolve, an FPS under development by the creators of Left 4 Dead, Turtle Rock Studios.
On the sad side of things, THQ's publishing business went unsold, though that comes as no surprise. Also, Vigil, the studio behind the Darksiders series, has yet to find a suitor. It's also worth pointing out that except where noted, the fate of some individual licenses is still up in the air. This leaves older franchises like Homeworld (where our picture above comes from) and Red Faction lost in the ether. We imagine that the various studios' new owners will also get the publishing rights to games currently under development. For example, we expect Koch to have the Saint's Row license as the fourth entry in the series is currently in development at Volition.
A sad day, but it may not be such a sad future.