Double Fine, like many developers, is looking for ways to regain control over certain tiles included in an auction of THQ’s remaining assets.
One of the lots in THQ’s auction contains a hodge-podge of third-party titles. What rights the lot grants varies from title to title; in the case of Double Fine’s Costume Quest and Stacking, the developer told Polygon THQ held limited distribution rights.
Although it doesn’t want to purchase the whole licensed lot, Double Fine thinks it may be able to regain these rights anyway.
“We are optimistic about regaining these distribution rights, as this process has already demonstrated that when there are parties interested in specific assets, those assets are worth more when sold separately,” Double Fine’s Justin Bailey said.
Double Fine holds all the rights to the intellectual property for both titles. Most titles in the licensed lot are likely to include only limited rights to publication or distribution, as the nature of licensed titles means somebody else owns the full or partial IP rights.