This doesn't come as a surprise to anyone who hasn't been living in a cave for the past few years, but THQ(publishers of Red Faction, Company of Heroes, Saints Row, and many other series) has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, and is expected to be delisted from NASDAQ within two weeks time. It's uncertain what this will mean for the franchises and IPs held by THQ, and the future of the future of the developers.
I figure this will mean no more WWE games from THQ, which in a way, is a good thing. They've sucked recently.
I remember years ago those WWE games being mildly fun. I never watched pro-wrestling on TV, because it's ridiculously stupid, but the games were somewhat entertaining despite being all pretty much the same. THQ's UFC games also had their moments, but suffered from the same copy-and-paste sequel format (though apparently THQ sold their rights to UFC games to EA).
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I remember years ago those WWE games being mildly fun. I never watched pro-wrestling on TV, because it's ridiculously stupid, but the games were somewhat entertaining despite being all pretty much the same.
Well I do watch the Wrestling shows, or rather the highlights. I have been keeping up with the stories though. Used to watch it a lot when I was younger, then went off it, then came back to it somewhat.
The games are exactly what you've said, cut and paste. It looks nicer each year, and there are a few new game mechanics each year, but otherwise it's exactly the same. They've actually taken scenarios and matches out of the newer games that were in the older games (what sense that makes I do not know). They'd have been better doing a game every two years or something. Can't say I'll miss them. Hopefully the next company to pick them up will do a better job.
Originally Posted by Octovon
THQ's UFC games also had their moments, but suffered from the same copy-and-paste sequel format (though apparently THQ sold their rights to UFC games to EA).
If you look at that list it's mostly carbage. But I suppose their top-line Playstation 1 and 2 era games were worthy. I used to play those WWE games with multitap some 9 years ago, they were pretty fun with a bunch of friends. All fun and games until some kid starts doing the moves from the game to you in real life.
Interesting how this will, if at all, affect Metro: Last Night. They just had that Facebook give-away campaign.
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Their games are still on track. This means Saints Row 4, Company of Heroes 2, and Metro: Last Light are still in development. I can only guess that the giveaway campaign, along with the Humble THQ Bundle, may have been attempts at generating some interest and revenue. Not sure how successful they were.
Apparently over 800,000 people took advantage of the Humble Bundle, raising over $5 million.
Even if every single one of those people went on to buy the sequel to every single one of the games in the bundle, I don't know if that would be enough to save them in an era where games selling less than a million copies are considered flops by shareholders.
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