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No hard feelings: Relic Entertainment "really happy" about Gearbox buying Homeworld

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Gearbox, Homeworld, Relic Games, THQ

No hard feelings: Relic Entertainment "really happy" about Gearbox buying Homeworld

"I don't think there's a better home for it"

We were all caught off guard when none other than Gearbox snaffled up the rights to Homeworld during the THQ auction last year, leaving original developers Relic Entertainment without their own IP. When I caught up with game director Quinn Duffy, he explained that the team are actually rather excited about the acquisition - and that Gearbox has their blessing.

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Company Of Heroes 2 and Saints Row 4 get free Steam weekend & 50% discounts... starting now

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
Deals
Tags:
PC, PC games, THQ

Company Of Heroes 2 and Saints Row 4 get free Steam weekend & 50% discounts... starting now

If you're somehow short of games to play this weekend, why not try out the full versions of Saints Row 4 and Company Of Heroes 2 on Steam? Both games are free to play in their entirety from now until 21:00 on Sunday, and available to buy at a 50% discount for the duration.

We described Saints Row IV as "bloomin' brilliant" in our 9/10 review. Company Of Heroes is "very, very good" according to our 8/10 verdict. But don't take our word for it when you can get involved for absolutely nothing!

Darksiders II | £8.75 | ShopTo | Xbox 360

Author:
Carl Phillips
Category:
Deals
Tags:
Action Games, THQ, Vigil Games, Xbox 360 games

Darksiders II | £8.75 | ShopTo | Xbox 360

Darksiders II | ShopTo | £8.75 (Save £2)
Xbox 360 price comparison
| Darksiders II Review

Thanks to oUkTuRkEyIII @ HUKD!

Freespace Rights Bought For Just £4800

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
Tags:
Freespace, Interplay, THQ, Volition Inc.

By... Interplay. Oh Dear.

Rights to the legendary space sim Freespace have been snapped up by Interplay, the once-epic publisher who fell from grace several years ago (see also: this embarrassing travesty). According to court documents found by Polygon, Freespace only set them back a paltry $7500 during the THQ auction. Volition are likely too busy with dubstep guns to worry about resurrecting the critically-acclaimed yet financially weak series, though it's interesting that the IP remained with them and THQ rather than Interplay themselves (the original publisher).

Still, at least we've got the likes of Star Citizen and Elite Dangerous to look forward to.

4A Creative Director Confirms Horrendous Working Conditions, But Says Gamers "Don't Care"

Author:
Jonathan Lester
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News
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4A Games, Deep Silver, Metro: Last Light, THQ

4A Creative Director Confirms Horrendous Working Conditions, But Says Gamers "Don't Care"

"Better Conditions Are Earned"

Metro: Last Light creative director Andrew Prokhorov has spoken out to confirm that 4A Games suffered through truly appalling working conditions in their Kiev studio, following a sensational report from ex-THQ CEO Jason Rubin. However, instead of attacking his employers, the zen developer simply suggests that sub-zero temperatures and power outages are just a part of the job, and consumers shouldn't cut them any slack.

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Jason Rubin: Metro Last Light Developed In Appalling Working Conditions

Author:
Jonathan Lester
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News
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4A Games, Metro: Last Light, THQ
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Metro: Last Light

Jason Rubin: Metro Last Light Developed In Appalling Working Conditions

4A Faced Power Outages, Below-Freezing Temperatures & More

Ex-THQ boss Jason Rubin claims that 4A Games created Metro: Last Light in utterly abysmal working conditions, and on a shoestring budget to boot. It's possible that the freezing, cramped and dank Kiev studio actually provided inspiration for Metro 2033's bleaker moments...

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Bilson Speaks Out At Last On THQ's Demise

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Matt Gardner
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News
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Danny Bilson, THQ

Bilson Speaks Out At Last On THQ's Demise

Former THQ executive Danny Bilson has reflected on his time at THQ, speaking out in a new interview about his belief in the company during the time that he was there, and discussed the company's fall from grace and his responsibly and role (or lack thereof)  in the THQ story.

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Double Fine Keen To Reacquire Distribution Rights To Stacking and Costume Quest

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
News
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Costume Quest, Double Fine, Nordic Games, Stacking, THQ, Tim Schafer
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Costume Quest | Stacking

Double Fine Keen To Reacquire Distribution Rights To Stacking and Costume Quest

Double Fine's Tim Schafer has said that the developers are looking to reacquire the distribution rights for digital title Costume Quest and Stacking.

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Nordic Games Snaffles Red Faction, Darksiders & 148 More THQ Properties

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Darksiders, Destroy All Humans, Mx vs ATV, Nordic Games, Red Faction, Supreme Commander, THQ, Titan Quest

Nordic Games Snaffles Red Faction, Darksiders & 148 More THQ Properties

In another surprising twist, Nordic Games (the Viennese company behind JoWood, the Wii Sing series and DreamCatcher) have dropped $4.9 million for over 150 THQ licenses. Having secured the likes of Darksiders, Red Faction, Destroy All Humans! and more, Nordic have promised not to "dash into" anything, and instead take a good long look at how best to continue some of these brands.

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Bidding Ends on Remaining THQ IPs

Author:
Brendan Griffiths
Category:
News
Tags:
Darksiders, Destroy All Humans, Red Faction, THQ

Bidding Ends on Remaining THQ IPs

Most of THQ's game brands or intellectual properties (IPs) were snatched up in January, with the likes of Saints Row, Homefront and Metro quickly finding new owners, mainly due to development for the next titles in the series already being well under way. However, a few IPs were unsold, meaning a secondary auction would be required. Bidding has just ended with 17 bids to be offered to the courts.

Names of bidders and what they bid on are yet to be revealed, but Polygon have dug out a few details. The IPs were bundled into six different lots as listed below:

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Darksiders II | £5.99 | WowHD | PC

Author:
Carl Phillips
Category:
Deals
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Action Games, PC games, THQ, Vigil Games

Darksiders II | £5.99 | WowHD | PC

A couple of today’s daily deals from online retailers are asking for just under £9 for this one, but as long as you’re willing to wait for delivery WowHD’s deal works out the cheapest. It beats the next best offers from Gamersgate and Steam by almost £3.

Although it wasn’t a huge improvement over its predecessor, refined combat and varied loot ensured that the return to the apocalypse was an enjoyable one. It may not be genre-defining and feel a little rough around the edges, but for the price it’s certainly worth checking out.

Darksiders & Red Faction: Armageddon | £0.66 | Humble Sale | PC

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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PC games, THQ

Darksiders & Red Faction: Armageddon | £0.66 | Humble Sale | PC

The latest Humble Weekly Sale lets you grab two THQ games for the price of a packet of posh crisps. If you want, you can even chip in an extra £4 for Darksiders II as well.

Darksiders II | £14.98 | Zavvi | Wii U

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Jonathan Lester
Category:
Deals
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Darksiders 2, THQ, Vigil Games, Wii U games

Darksiders II | £14.98 | Zavvi | Wii U

It's back! Yes, Zavvi's infamous sub-£15 price for Darksiders 2's Wii U version has returned, allowing you to spend very little on a solid and enjoyable game. Despite not exactly showing off the hardware, this is still one of the best games for the platform at the moment. Thanks to PickVanCleef at HotUKDeals for noting that Zavvi are back in stock.

Darksiders II | £14.98 | Zavvi | Wii U

Author:
Brendan Griffiths
Category:
Deals
Tags:
Darksiders 2, THQ, Vigil Games, Wii U games

Darksiders II | £14.98 | Zavvi | Wii U

This is the cheapest price we've seen for the Wii U version of the game and it's only a few quid more then the PS3/360 version. With this one you get the DLC thrown in too, so technically this is better value for money. The main advantage of the Wii U version is being able to use the gamepad screen to manage your inventory. A neat touch, but hardly mind-blowing.

Thanks to tinodz at HotUkDeals.

Red Faction: Armageddon | £5 | Asda | 360

Author:
Brendan Griffiths
Category:
Deals
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Red Faction: Armageddon, third person shooter, THQ, Volition Inc., Xbox 360 games

Red Faction: Armageddon | £5 | Asda | 360

Is this the last Red Faction game we'll ever see? Hopefully the brand will find a new home after the recent demise of THQ. This third-person action series goes beneath the surface of mars to fight off the alien hordes. Pleasing weapons like the magnet gun which violently tethers objects together and a solid campaign make this a title worth so much more than its current £5 price tag. Plus the lead dude looks like Louie Spence which is always amusing.