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Old 01-23-2013, 04:36 AM   #1
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Another delay?

Well it seems that the auction may not be the only problem that could lead to another delay.

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South Park Digital Studios has filed a complaint that the game South Park: The Stick of Truth cannot be auctioned along with THQ's assets without the studio's approval.

According to a complaint recently filed with Delaware bankruptcy court, the original contract had South Park Digital Studios providing a license to use the series and characters in a game to be developed by Obsidian and published by THQ. As the intellectual property holder, South Park Digital Studios claims that it is not THQ's decision to auction the licensed game.

South Park Digital Studios claims that it has the contract gives it the right to reclaim the license, provided it pays THQ back for the full amount it has invested into the game.

The studio also claims that THQ still owes $2.275 million (1.436 million) in defaulted payments.

THQ responded with its own court filing, claiming that because THQ was given an exclusive license, it is still within its rights to auction that license with its assets.

The bankrupt publisher also claims that its debts to South Park Digital Studios have already been satisfied, providing additional documents to the court to that effect.

THQ filed for bankruptcy last month, and is selling all company assets, including game intellectual properties and studios, in an auction.

THQ has previously said that there will be no reduction in staff at any of its studios during the sale, and that there will be no change in any of its current in-development titles.

South Park: The Stick of Truth, along with Company of Heroes 2 and Metro: Last Light, are all still scheduled for release in early 2013 as previously planned, though it now appears that the auction may impact the games after all.

All bids for the auction were due today (Tuesday, January 22). A sales hearing will be held tomorrow (Wednesday, January 23) announcing the results.
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Old 01-23-2013, 04:44 AM   #2
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It sucks, but I'm happy with a delay. As long as the studio get to keep control of what is theirs and not lose it because THQ are trying to make back as much money as possible.

It would suck so bad for Trey and Matt, who put in a lot of work and effort for the game to be what it would be.
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Old 01-23-2013, 04:45 AM   #3
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Well it seems that the auction may not be the only problem that could lead to another delay.



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Now that link contains some good reading. Bad news about the possible delay though.
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Now that link contains some good reading. Bad news about the possible delay though.
Since it's along your line of work, any insight on how long it can be tied up? Along those same lines, rumor has it that it was auctioned to Ubisoft (which I like as a publisher) which could make matters worse.
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Reported results for THQ auction:

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With the demise of THQ now official, we're starting to learn more about who paid what for each of the publisher's franchises and developers.

Here are the numbers being reported from Distressed Debt Investing, who is overseeing the THQ auction:

Homefront: $500,000 (Crytek)
Metro: $5.8 million (Koch Media)
South Park: $3.2 million (Ubisoft)
Relic: $26.6 million (Sega)
THQ Montreal: $2.5 million (Ubisoft)
Evolve: $11 million (Take Two)
Volition: $22.3 million (Koch Media)
Here's what the runner-up bids were for these properties and studios:

Homefront: No runner-up
Metro: $5.175 million (Ubisoft)
South Park: No runner-up
Relic: $26.3 million (Zenimax Media)
THQ Montreal: No runner-up
Evolve: $250,000 (Turtle Rock Studios)
Volition: $5.4 million (Ubisoft)
Source: http://www.gameinformer.com/b/news/a...on-prices.aspx

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Ubisoft has confirmed the purchase, noting in a statement that "THQ Montreal will join Ubisoft’s development teams." Ubisoft also says that South Park: The Stick of Truth "is scheduled for release in calendar 2013."
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http://m.ign.com/articles/2013/01/23...-devs-acquired
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Old 02-04-2013, 01:38 AM   #6
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Old 02-04-2013, 06:41 AM   #7
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I just hope it isn't delayed till september or later.
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I don't see it getting delayed THAT long. I'd expect late spring to early/mid summer. This certainly isn't a next-gen game, so there's really no need to push it back to fall to accommodate those being released. And the game was practically done anyway, so more than a couple months of a delay would be a bit of a stretch. Besides.... with GTA V delayed until September, I'd say it'd be unwise for this to be delayed to compete with it.
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