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Sega bids high for Relic Entertainment – rumour

Wednesday, 23rd January 2013 00:24 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Sega is believed to be winning an auction for THQ subsidiary Relic Entertainment.

THQ’s assets are being auctioned off today, but the process is closed to the public and most press. At present our only source of information is unconfirmed reports from NeoGAF users, but several industry insiders have expressed their belief in these reports.

Sega Sammy is believed to be the highest bidder for Warhammer 40,000 and Company of Heroes developer Relic Entertainment. It’s a good fit; Sega is home to Total War developer The Creative Assembly, one of its most successful teams.

Reports also suggest Dead Island publisher Koch Media is leading bids for Saints Row and Red Faction developer Volition Inc.

Both companies are reasonably flush in the pocket; they may not bring in as much revenue as larger publishers, but have fewer debts and are better positioned to summon cash reserves at short notice.

Meanwhile, DDInvesting, which has closely followed the THQ bankruptcy and been the source of most public information about it, claims Ubisoft is in the running for a number of THQ’s assets.

Ubisoft boss Yves Guillemot expressed interest in THQ’s IP as early as November. THQ has a studio in Montreal, headed by Patrice Désilets, which Ubisoft lost plenty of staff too, but there’s good money riding on Ubisoft bidding for South Park: The Stick of Turth, should South Park Studios be unable to halt the auction.

Don’t get too excited until we have a verified source, obviously. No word on Darksiders developer Vigil yet.

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13 Comments

  1. vormison

    Sega? Sega?!

    “Ummm…okay, so we’ve got two 1980 Ford Escorts, a pack of cigarettes, $47 dollars, Shenmue…wait, we’re gonna just hold onto that, and a movie pass to Avengers 2″.

    #1 2 years ago
  2. Ercarret

    Sega buying Relic could be interesting. It would certainly strengthen their position on the PC strategy front, and Relic could also be a interesting developer due to SEGA’s recent acquisition of the Warhammer Fantasy license. Granted, it’s not W40K, and they already have Creative Assembly on it, but … bah!

    I’m not too fond of the idea of Koch buying Volition, though. I don’t know who I’d rather see buying the studio, but Koch raises some red flags in my mind. They’ve released some good games, but they mostly seem to operate in the “meh” side of the industry. I certainly don’t mind them being there – they do a good job pushing out decent games other publishers wouldn’t – but I wouldn’t like Volition there.

    Oh well. Speculations, speculations! So much fun.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. SplatteredHouse

    Previously, on VG247: http://www.vg247.com/2012/03/29/warhammer-40000-dark-millennium-refocused-as-single-player-and-online-multiplayer/

    Could Sega acquire that, and set Relic to building them a game worthy of the brand? Got a chance to be a good earner, if they reinstate even part of the community/connectivity from the former MMO to bring online/expansions potentially into play.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. Christopher Jack

    Hmm, better than EA or ActiVision I guess.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. Erthazus

    Not bad actually.

    SEGA is doing great job with TW series.

    #5 2 years ago
  6. theevilaires

    Sega STFU save your money and make Shenmue 3,4,5,and 6. Stop with all the bullshit excuses about how much money it takes to make it and just concentrate on making it fun as hell instead of a snore fest. You can waste money on THQ weak ass but not give the fans what they really want?

    #6 2 years ago
  7. DSB

    That’s not bad, but they better pick up the rights to Homeworld while they’re at it.

    #7 2 years ago
  8. SplatteredHouse

    There’s no way the timing of the announcement of the result, and tomorrow’s Nintendo Direct can be coincidental.
    http://www.neogaf.com/forum/showpost.php?p=46774844&postcount=1554

    Quality stuff, from Neogaf. xD
    Not so funny: Wired’s Chris Kohler has posted to his twitter in the last hour, that Ubisoft is rumored to have bought the South Park rights.

    #8 2 years ago
  9. Clupula

    Sega? SEGA?!? Aren’t Sega bordering on being broke, in the West? Didn’t they have to shut down their entire American localization team? And they’re buying other company’s shit?

    Put the bottle down, man, and pay your rent!

    #9 2 years ago
  10. roadkill

    “Sega bids high for Relic Entertainment – rumour” And so they should. Relic deserves to live on.

    #10 2 years ago
  11. Puggy

    Hm, while Sega might be a good choice for the Warhammer branch, I fear it will mean my chances to get a Homeworld 3 are shrinking even more…

    Then again this might be a good thing, knowing todays Industry-plans it would be a prequel and be played in first person perspective of some grunt who runs around shooting stuff.

    #11 2 years ago
  12. SplatteredHouse

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sphinx_and_the_Cursed_Mummy
    Do you think THQ still owned the rights to this?… I know it’s wishful thinking to see that continuation, but I thought that game was simply brilliant, the stuff they did in there, and the comedic/character dynamic. I wish I knew why a sequel never happened. :( Did such an idea ever surface?

    #12 2 years ago
  13. The_Red

    I mean, who could have thought that one day, a former console company like SEGA might own two of the best PC developers in the strategy department.

    #13 2 years ago

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