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Ubisoft “interested” in possible acquisiton of THQ IPs, says Guillemot

Tuesday, 13th November 2012 16:29 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

Ubisoft has admitted interest in some of THQ’s IPs, according to comments made by CEO Yves Guillemot to GI International.

Speaking in a wide-ranging interview on the site, Guillemot lamented the situation THQ was facing, but said such matters are the nature of the game industry beast.

“What happened to [THQ] is something that happens regularly when we have transition,” he said. “Some can make it, some decide to go in different direction. It happened with Atari and Midway and also Acclaim last generation. … It’s something that happens in this industry and that’s the way the industry consolidates.”

Guillemot said Ubisoft is open for discussions on acquiring some of THQ’s IPs, but he declined to say which franchises the firm was most interested in acquiring.

“They have good things,” he said. “We are always interested in good brands. For sure, it’s something we can consider, but I can’t tell you more.”

Last week, THQ reported a net loss of $21 million and the delay of titles South Park: The Stick of Truth, Company of Heroes 2, and Metro: Last Light. The following day, the company’s stock dropped 46%, and the firm has hired an accountancy company to seek “strategic and financing alternatives.”

It was reported over the weekend that THQ was in default on $50 million line of revolving credit with Wells Fargo.

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15 Comments

  1. GrimRita

    But not their successful PC IPs right? Because according to you, the PC market is dead and full of pirates……

    #1 2 years ago
  2. SplatteredHouse

    Ubi-Darksiders?…PoP team, maybe.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. Mike W

    Yea buddy

    #3 2 years ago
  4. Edo

    No,no,no,just fucking NO!

    #4 2 years ago
  5. The_Red

    The sharks have smelled blood… Nah, I’m just kidding.
    Of course, when the company goes down, its IPs will spread around unless someone buys the whole package. Kinda like Eidos and Square or to a lesser degree, Midway and Warner.

    #5 2 years ago
  6. AmiralPatate

    Hopefully, Ubisoft can do something good with all this. Or just bundle it with more DRM.

    #6 2 years ago
  7. SameeR_Fisher

    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO, Ubi stay away from THQ IPs, I am a person who believes that the IP is better with it’s original makers, I fear what may happen to Darksiders or Metro if they go to Ubisoft or EA or any other company, remember Tenchu ?!, we can’t have any more Tenchu too, and the last one was published by Ubisoft.

    Beside they are moving towards CoD fans with their military titles like Splinter Cell, Ghost Recon, and Rainbow 6, so that means Metro would get fucked.

    THQ I have faith you will pull through, I support you, bought Darksiders 2, may buy Homefront 2 if it looks cool and different from CoD, I will probably buy Patrick’s game when you reveal it.

    #7 2 years ago
  8. xxJPRACERxx

    Darksiders 2 is currently 66% off on Steam!

    #8 2 years ago
  9. ManuOtaku

    Iam having a blast with darksiders 2, so far my GOTY surpassing xenoblade which is not an small feat on itself.

    I hope if they do get the IP´S the do also get the developers like virgil, etc, that way we can be sure to have the authors vision, and a natural evolution on the games, other way they will suffer with the change of creators, sadly if THQ goes down, this will be the only natural solution, i mean their good games will end up in other bigger publisher, the important thing is how they will do it, i just hope they get the originals developers too in that transaction.

    #9 2 years ago
  10. Oynox Slider

    Why not? I still like Ubisoft more than for example Activision.

    #10 2 years ago
  11. DSB

    Yeah, let’s give some of the best PC properties that are still left, to the most PC-hostile company in the industry.

    #11 2 years ago
  12. Hirmetrium

    @10: Activision at least use Steam as DRM – Ubisoft are being dicks about the PC platform, don’t listen to their fans, and are grinding key IP’s (see Ghost Recon) into the ground. I supported them with R6:Vegas1&2, and they were both great, but ever since then their attitude to the PC has been destructive and irresponsible. THQ has a good track record on PC – why would you seperate an IP and its audience?

    #12 2 years ago
  13. DSB

    The worst thing is that it’s gonna send Homeworld even further into industry limbo.

    I tweeted Rubin to ask him whether they would bundle the old games, and he said he knew it was one of their most loved IPs.

    Once they get sold, I think that’s game over.

    #13 2 years ago
  14. OrbitMonkey

    Beggars can’t be choosers. Maybe you pc dweebs should start a little kickstarter project to buy some of your beloved THQ ip’s?

    Y’know the one’s you were too busy pirating to buy, leaving THQ to go bump :-P

    #14 2 years ago
  15. Old MacDonald

    14: It’s on the consoles that THQ have been losing most of their money. uDraw anyone?

    #15 2 years ago

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