Metro: Last Light
THQ Games to be Sold to Highest Bidder
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THQ’s plans to facilitate a quick and cheap to Clearlake Capital have failed. As a result, the publisher’s games and franchises will now be put up for auction to the highest bidder.

"Parties have come to agreement: THQ auction now on Jan 22nd," said Distressed Debt Investing. "The auction will allow for piecemeal ("title by title") sales of THQ assets."

Among the publishers said to be sniffing around are EA, which according to DDI has “already completed site visits." Warner Bros. and Ubisoft are also said to be interested.

It’s a great blow for THQ. The publisher hoped to sell its assets to Clearlake Capital for around $60 million, in a deal that would have kept the publisher operating in a relatively normal manner.

It also would have allowed the company to get its current slate of games out and some money in.


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Comment #1 by ademlakey
Tuesday, January 08, 2013 @ 06:04:03 AM
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As long as activision dont buy it. Metro will end up like another call of duty like, like goldeneye.

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Comment #2 by Alvarez Azel
Tuesday, January 08, 2013 @ 06:04:10 AM
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I think i'd like to see Ubisoft lead THQ, EA sounds like a very bad idea...

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Comment #3 by DrLove42
Tuesday, January 08, 2013 @ 06:04:55 AM
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EA making Saints Row makes me sad.

Can they sell franchises that they don't make any more? Like Red Faction? Maybe hope for another game....

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Comment #4 by Hannibal king 88
Tuesday, January 08, 2013 @ 06:05:51 AM
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Thq is a horrible company the only good game they had was darksiders . Ds 2 was just got aweful

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Comment #5 by captnWOOPYpants
Tuesday, January 08, 2013 @ 06:10:49 AM
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@4 I agree that DS was way better than DS2 but none the less it is an amazing franchise and I hope to see its story and drive continue without tainting from other companies. I just didnt like the inventory system.

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Comment #6 by Teh Paralyzer
Tuesday, January 08, 2013 @ 06:11:03 AM
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Please EA stay the hell away from THQ

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Comment #7 by Timmsy
Tuesday, January 08, 2013 @ 06:13:48 AM
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thq, the company that made WWE games, meh not bothered, metro could of been good and i agree with Ubissoft taking over, be an improvement i think, EA or Activision, na we have had enough of you guys already this year

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Comment #8 by metallicorphan
Tuesday, January 08, 2013 @ 06:13:57 AM
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I would rather Microsoft have a go at buying something,that would be quite the story

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Comment #9 by x_Silxx_x
Tuesday, January 08, 2013 @ 06:14:05 AM
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If EA buys THQ, expect Saints Row 4 to be Free to Play with Micro-transactions.

With an online pass.

Online that will only be available for 3 years, at which point they'll take the servers offline. I'll pass.

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Comment #10 by EngagedMetal7
Tuesday, January 08, 2013 @ 06:14:18 AM
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@EA, touch metro and i will never forgive you.

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Comment #11 by iBuzz7S
Tuesday, January 08, 2013 @ 06:14:25 AM
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People saying no to the likes of EA and Ubisoft (forum discussions) - you must've forgot about THQ putting an ONLINE PASS for Saints Row: The Third. You needed an online pass to play the game locally via co-op.

Imagine that. An online pass, to play local co-op. Now how messed up is that?

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Comment #12 by SeraphTC
Tuesday, January 08, 2013 @ 06:15:27 AM
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40k rights to Bethesda please. I'd love to see what a studio like Arkane could do with it.

Would also be great if they could grab Relic at the same time.

I'd rather not see any of the publishers currently listed get hold of Relic or the 40k license.

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Comment #13 by kaiyo penguin
Tuesday, January 08, 2013 @ 06:17:53 AM
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as much as it pains for me to say this. but i can see it between a straight up race between ea and activision.

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Comment #14 by TheRequiem95
Tuesday, January 08, 2013 @ 06:19:22 AM
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Oh goodie. EA buying more properties. I guess that just means less games for me to buy... Unless they're used and EA doesn't get any of my money.

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Comment #15 by Earth Djinn
Tuesday, January 08, 2013 @ 06:23:04 AM
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I just hope we get Metro Last Light, and that whoever ends up publishing it doesn't make any changes to it.

Also that the good THQ franchises are kept alive and given to good developers.

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Comment #16 by TotalBlank
Tuesday, January 08, 2013 @ 06:38:15 AM
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Either way we look at this now is that South Park looks pretty doomed which is really making me sad at this point.

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Comment #17 by SumHydroponic
Tuesday, January 08, 2013 @ 06:40:21 AM
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@16 That is what I am afraid of, just went and paid off my reserve of the game as it is my most anticipated title of the year.

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Comment #18 by francisrossi
Tuesday, January 08, 2013 @ 06:49:19 AM
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@14 - My thoughts exactly. I don't play online, so their online passes aren't necessary.

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Comment #19 by DeadlySinz86
Tuesday, January 08, 2013 @ 07:03:35 AM
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Out of the 3 mentioned, I think Ubisoft would be the better choice. EA push out games too early, left unfinished. Warner Bros ... no, just no. Ubisoft are well respected and put out 3 if not 4 of the best games this year. I hope to God that Activision don't get their hands on it, because unless it's Call of Duty, they don't really give a shit about the quality of the game they put out.

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Comment #20 by cheevo360
Tuesday, January 08, 2013 @ 07:09:33 AM
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THQ, please do not join danger business's EA. WB Games or Ubisoft is my bet to best place to joins in.!!! :)

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Comment #21 by Dirtnose
Tuesday, January 08, 2013 @ 07:10:44 AM
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PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE NOT EA!!! Oh dear god how bad this would be. Please not EA :(

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Comment #22 by I Sgt Fenix I
Tuesday, January 08, 2013 @ 07:11:43 AM
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@12 looks like sega may be doing the warhamme games. Theres a message on the Creative Assembly website. Doesn't say it's 40k mind.

Does metro have a release date yet or is it still tbc now thats its going to get sold?

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Comment #23 by Total Shinobi
Tuesday, January 08, 2013 @ 07:28:12 AM
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Two of these options I'd be happy with, EA is NOT one of those options.

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Comment #24 by The Clutch Hand
Tuesday, January 08, 2013 @ 07:36:23 AM
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Ubisoft would be great! I really hope EA doesn't pick them up :(

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Comment #25 by Slim Shady
Tuesday, January 08, 2013 @ 07:50:12 AM
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@4&5. Did u finish ds2 all the way? I thought ds1 was way better myself until I got to the second world & the game got a lot better. Still working on finishing the game and loving every second.

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Comment #26 by woz 007
Tuesday, January 08, 2013 @ 07:56:26 AM
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Ubisoft for me to buy what they can.

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Comment #27 by Infomouse
Tuesday, January 08, 2013 @ 07:57:34 AM
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Any IPs purchased by EA will be avoided by myself.

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Comment #28 by Opiate42
Tuesday, January 08, 2013 @ 08:02:36 AM
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@ 1 - I agree with you mostly, but if Metro wasn't already a good majority finished, only a couple months from it's intended release, Activision would have to scrap the whole project and start from scratch to make it a COD which would be a legendary level dumb idea even for them with their history of incredibly dumb ideas.

EA wouldn't be so bad at the start for games nearly done as well. They generally let those projects go ahead as planned. Then if successful enough, then they'll just intentionally fuck up the sequels. :(

So all I'm hoping is to get Metro: Last Light in my hands the way 4A intended. Then I'm happy.

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Comment #29 by Stormy2k
Tuesday, January 08, 2013 @ 08:03:36 AM
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I'd like Ubisoft to buy THQ.

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Comment #30 by Scrubber
Tuesday, January 08, 2013 @ 08:04:16 AM
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EA better keep well away from Saints Row and Honefront. Having said that Volition already murdered the Saints Row franchise (the third) without EAs help.

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Comment #31 by apex 4nic8tor
Tuesday, January 08, 2013 @ 08:23:16 AM
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100% hoping Ubisoft grabs up darksiders.

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Comment #32 by Enlightened 1
Tuesday, January 08, 2013 @ 08:26:03 AM
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I would buy them only don't get benefits to next week

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Comment #33 by ATOMICKILA3000
Tuesday, January 08, 2013 @ 08:29:50 AM
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I just hope that South Park: The Stick of Truth sees the light of day.

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Comment #34 by ADTR TOM
Tuesday, January 08, 2013 @ 08:36:54 AM
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Highest bidder... EA then haha

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Comment #35 by Mr Jonnysniper
Tuesday, January 08, 2013 @ 08:46:06 AM
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For the love of god i hope it isnt EA

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Comment #36 by dwayne_hicks
Tuesday, January 08, 2013 @ 08:46:17 AM
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COH2 to Sega and CA.

The other games, don't really interest me as much.

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Comment #37 by KennyJive
Tuesday, January 08, 2013 @ 08:50:16 AM
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As long as South Park comes out, i don't care who buys it

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Comment #38 by FuzzMan3000
Tuesday, January 08, 2013 @ 09:31:42 AM
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Hopefully Ubisoft snap up Saints Row and Darksiders and that Activision stay the hell away from everything. I'd prefer it if EA brought them rather than Activision.

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Comment #39 by creaper210
Tuesday, January 08, 2013 @ 09:38:34 AM
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Just like most of the comments, I hope it is Ubisoft that claims it. So far, they have never disappointed me with BS season pass deals, DLC, or online passes. And they usually make great games.

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Comment #40 by Poisonheadcrab
Tuesday, January 08, 2013 @ 09:52:15 AM
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Warner Bros. or Ubisoft would be cool...

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Comment #41 by l.maciver
Tuesday, January 08, 2013 @ 10:08:17 AM
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Mircosoft, please throw in a life bar for THQ.

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Comment #42 by Jack Frost
Tuesday, January 08, 2013 @ 10:16:23 AM
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Too bad Squeenix doesn't seem to be interested. They've been releasing some pretty solid games lately - and no online passes.

@#'s 16, 17 & 33 - I'm a little worried about SP, too, but there is one saving grace. The fact that Matt and Trey themselves have put so much work into it, there's still a really good chance it'll see the light of day.

Hey, I'm tryna be positive... :/

@#30 - When you think about the way these financial slides work, THQ has been heading for hard times for awhile now. It's just gotten to the point where they can no longer hide what's going on internally.

What if it turned out that it was THQ that 'murdered' SR: TT because it forced Volition to cut corners so THQ could release the game sooner, shift some units, and keep the doors open a little while longer?

I'm not saying the property should shift to EA or Activision (no game deserves that), but I do get the feeling that THQ isn't necessarily a safe publisher, either. This shady little deal they just tried to pull off and failed should be indication of that...

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Comment #43 by SlapYouInHD
Tuesday, January 08, 2013 @ 10:39:54 AM
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I really don't understand so much hate towards EA, if anything the one company I don't want to see buy anything is Activison.

All they care about is CoD, just look at 007 Legends what a pile of wank.

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Comment #44 by Masterchief950
Tuesday, January 08, 2013 @ 10:46:01 AM
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Would be great if Microsoft bought a few, we need exclusives. OT I wouldn't mind WB buying some they publish good games same goes for ubisoft

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Comment #45 by Emfulz
Tuesday, January 08, 2013 @ 10:55:31 AM
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I don't care who buys them as long as it's definitely not EA. I hate how they put servers on everything and in years come they close them down, so that's why I try to steer clear from their titles, which I still get a few.

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Comment #46 by Tim 13
Tuesday, January 08, 2013 @ 11:06:56 AM
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I'm glad to see a plethora of people thinking about the future, but I, personally, would take a minute to mourn the loss of this giant. Though they were the ones that thought up the online pass and made it standard with far too many games, THQ also oversaw the creation of some of the best wrestling games to date (seriously, No Mercy still holds a brightly-burning torch to WWE 13), they brought us the silliness of Saints Rows 2 and 3 (SR1 wasn't silly, just sucky), they gave some achievement hunters the easiest K of gamerscore ever with Avatar - TLA, and they've even graced my childhood with classics like Road Rash, and the (now terrible) Ren & Stimpy game on Super Nintendo. Honestly, their track record makes me able to forgive and forget that they pissed in my mouth with Homefront.

It breaks my heart to see those responsible for so much video game awe in my life, die and be picked apart by vultures. They've released a lot of crap (namely, every Spongebob game ever made), but the quality of their good items really shined, and it sucks to have to see their demise now. I hope that whoever picks up their respective licenses does right by their legacy.


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Comment #47 by asilent boom
Tuesday, January 08, 2013 @ 11:07:25 AM
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@9 THQ already has the online pass system and was the first publisher to use that system, kind of hard for EA to add it when it was already there.

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Comment #48 by Shotgun Diplomacy
Tuesday, January 08, 2013 @ 11:08:23 AM
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Let's hope Ubi picks THQ's games + licenses up.

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Comment #49 by Enlightened 1
Tuesday, January 08, 2013 @ 11:12:58 AM
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THQ best work this gen was darksiders 1 and saints row 1 the rest was decent didn't understand metro 2033

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Comment #50 by NerfTurbo
Tuesday, January 08, 2013 @ 11:45:08 AM
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I disagree with Ubisoft taking over THQ. Warner Bros is the prime choice.

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Comment #51 by Blue Papyrus
Tuesday, January 08, 2013 @ 11:51:26 AM
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Keep Saints Row away from EA. And while I haven't played any of their other franchises, they don't deserve that fate, either.

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Comment #52 by I mak3 big boom
Tuesday, January 08, 2013 @ 11:55:52 AM
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Microsoft should buy them all and finally have a bunch of good exclusives!

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Comment #53 by RoundRogue
Tuesday, January 08, 2013 @ 12:05:59 PM
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I hope to god Company of Heroes 2 remains untampered with, I've pre-ordered it and it's so close to release date. So far the game looks to be amazing and you can guarantee if EA got their grubby hands on it they'd ruin it, as well as Activision.

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Comment #54 by Wing X Custom
Tuesday, January 08, 2013 @ 12:09:36 PM
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@9 It already has an online pass, you'd know if you played it... As for EA, I'd rather them get it, at least it'll be quality. Rather than if Activision or Ubisoft get it, with the yearly crap the shovel out. I'd rather games like saints grow and evolve, which they cant do when you release them every year. At least I can choose, to forego the micro transactions and but not a shorter dev time.

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Comment #55 by TheHarbinger
Tuesday, January 08, 2013 @ 12:14:59 PM
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If it's title by title, I don't mind EA picking up the WWE games, if there is one thing EA does right, it's the yearly sports games.

Don't want them touching Saints Row or South Park though. Especially after Mass Effect 3 being pushed out months early.

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Comment #56 by Wing X Custom
Tuesday, January 08, 2013 @ 12:16:16 PM
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WB and Square-Enix would be interesting propositions too. Both seem to be looking of expanding their catalogues. And have been doing it with surprisingly good games, while giving them the marketing/trailers they need.

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Comment #57 by AirborneRichard
Tuesday, January 08, 2013 @ 12:18:14 PM
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Just an idea, if Ubisoft gets THQ it would be great in terms of most of those games like Metro Last Light or a future Saints Row get Uplay, just imagine the cool stuff they could give you as an extra on those THQ games. So Ubisoft is def my choice for now.

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Comment #58 by HookT On Kronic
Tuesday, January 08, 2013 @ 12:31:34 PM
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EA, stay away!

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Comment #60 by BeheldBryan
Tuesday, January 08, 2013 @ 01:11:19 PM
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Rabble Rabble EA Rabble Rabble.

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Comment #61 by Tuck Norris 85
Tuesday, January 08, 2013 @ 01:22:30 PM
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Shame EA games have so many good names under their belt. They seem too ready to let their developers fuck up. They should have kicked Biowares arse for ME3 ending and Dragon age . A publishers job is to make sure developers don't mess up, not try to milk every penny out of a game with ridiculous amounts of small crappy dlc.

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Comment #62 by Tuck Norris 85
Tuesday, January 08, 2013 @ 01:25:21 PM
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@55 i'd love the wwe games to change publisher. They seem to have got worse and worse over the years.Stamina is just a crappy idea in a fighting game.

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Comment #63 by DEFCON 1
Tuesday, January 08, 2013 @ 02:18:53 PM
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i love relic :( hopefully new warhammer and company of heroes are sold to EA. C&C great so they know RTS

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Comment #64 by Monty111
Tuesday, January 08, 2013 @ 02:38:11 PM
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Anyone but EA!

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Comment #65 by smacd
Tuesday, January 08, 2013 @ 03:20:48 PM
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I just want South Park. Couldn't care less about the rest. I'd prefer seeing Squeenix pick them up but I know they wont. It'll go to EA likely, and they'll drive all the worthwhile IPs in to the ground like they do with everything else.

@39 Assassin's Creed 3 is Ubisoft, and has a season pass. No? Or is it handled differently in a way that didn't "disappoint"?

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Comment #66 by High Lord Sigma
Tuesday, January 08, 2013 @ 03:47:34 PM
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Warner Brothers seems to be the best fit overall, particularly for Vigil. I'd prefer that 4A's work for Metro go with either Ubisoft or Warner. Activision clearly doesn't give a damn about any series not named Call of Duty, and EA is EA.

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Comment #67 by Darkhound64
Tuesday, January 08, 2013 @ 04:31:27 PM
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As long as EA don't buy it. Its EA

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Comment #68 by ReD S1X
Tuesday, January 08, 2013 @ 04:43:43 PM
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anyone but EA and Activision buying them then I'll be very delighted.

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Comment #69 by dakisbac
Tuesday, January 08, 2013 @ 05:19:13 PM
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Of the big three; EA, Activision, and Ubisoft I would prefer them to be bought by Ubisoft, but I don't care as long as it's not EA.

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Comment #70 by roza
Tuesday, January 08, 2013 @ 05:55:48 PM
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Warner would be my hopeful. But either way, out of these 3, we WILL get an online pass. So I don't want ANY, heck I'd even take Squeenix over these.

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Comment #71 by el_pieablo
Tuesday, January 08, 2013 @ 07:36:06 PM
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Lot of hate for EA here? What would people want? For no one to be bothered and jobs to go?? I for one have no problem with EA, if you dont like their games, dont buy them. Dead Space is an ace franchise handled with care from them

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Comment #72 by RDrules
Tuesday, January 08, 2013 @ 08:58:41 PM
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WB would be the best thing that could happen, they are amazing with the studios they buy, you just need to look at Travelers Tales to see what theyre like, theres been no real bullshit piled onto them since they aquired the studio the only real change is its opened up alot of franchises for the LEGO games to delve into and love them or hate them theyre going from strength to strength now

or monolith who have done some of their best work since joining WB with FEAR and Condemned

They did a great job with the dying mortal kombat series despite the DLC

batman Arkham city... winner of multiple game of the year awards and just a vast improvement on the already great asylum

honestly the only thing to come out of their acquired studios i havent liked in recent years is their lord of the rings games

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Comment #73 by Pathos Da Ghost
Tuesday, January 08, 2013 @ 09:01:29 PM
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Oh so long THQ, I have enjoyed your games from WCW Thunder to Saints Row:The Third. You will be missed. I hope who ever buys creates excellence because for the last few decades you guys have a great record of developing and publishing games.

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Comment #74 by Pakhair
Wednesday, January 09, 2013 @ 04:17:25 AM
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That makes me saddened, not because THQ is selling out but because it's not being sold out as whole like eidos instead it's piece by piece sale like Midway. And there is quire a possibility that many ip's don't get bought + we don't know which publisher will buy what since every publisher has there own trademark style so many games will get affected.

Anyways I wish:

Saints Row
Red Faction

should get bought.

I prefer WB and to second UBIOSFT but there image for reviving franchises is not good by any means. EA sucks and Activision is not that bad either as long as they don't try to use cod formula in any of the above mentioned games

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Comment #75 by roza
Wednesday, January 09, 2013 @ 02:31:04 PM
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@72, Batman had to be on WB as they own the rights to the franchise media. Rocksteady made the game
Mortal Kombat was done by Netherrealm Studios. WB took the franchise aftr MK v DC.

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Comment #76 by LimeySkate
Saturday, January 12, 2013 @ 06:17:46 AM
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As long as Activision don't get involved... you only have to look at True Crime Hong Kong that they screwed up and Square Enix went on to successfully bring to market as Sleeping Dogs - just imagine how many more franchises could suffer the same fate. EA is only one step behind Activision, so fingers crossed Warner Bros wins out, or else Ubisoft will infect the titles with subliminal references to Assassins Creed like Far Cry 3 and the radio masts

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