Deep Silver, Saints Row’s new owner after THQ’s demise, has confirmed that the next entry in the Saints Row franchise will be available for “current-gen consoles and PC on August 20, 2013, in North America.” The worldwide release will be three days later. This next installment of the franchise was built around the concept of a scrapped DLC for Saints Row: The Third, Enter the Dominatrix, while being a complete gaming experience.
With THQ recently selling its assets and closing its doors, some intellectual properties and studios were left in the cold in the sale. One of the studios that was left untouched in the sale was Vigil Games–the developer of the fantastic Darksiders games. While I’m surprised that this studio wasn’t purchased by a an interested buyer, there’s some good news in the whole ordeal: Crytek, the developer behind the Crysis franchise, has opened a new studio in Austin, Texas.
Crytek’s new studio, Crytek USA Corp., is composed of 35 former Vigil employees and will be headed by David Adams, the former general manager for Vigil Games. It’s nice to know that the talented folks who gave us Darksiders and its sequel have found new employment so quickly. I’m eagerly looking forward to what projects spring forth from Crytek USA and wish them all the best.
Crytek was the purchaser of the Homefront IP in THQ’s asset sale–the property was purchased for $544,218. Crytek had been developing the Homefront 2 for THQ and feared that their work on the game might be lost with THQ’s closure. Crytek’s general manager, Nick Button-Brown, stated that it’s “beneficial for us [Crytek] to have control over the IP’s destiny.” No information was given on the potential release date of Homefront 2.
Sources: Gamasutra, Joystiq
Times have been hard economically for nearly everybody and videogame developers are no exception. Third-party publisher THQ recently went under and a sale of their studios and assets was approved by the US Bankruptcy Court. That sale included Sega acquiring Relic and the Company of Heroes IP, THQ Montreal and the IPs 1666 and Underdog went to Ubisoft, Deep Silver purchased Volition and the Saints Row IP as well as the Metro license, and the Homefront IP went to Crytek. Ubisoft also acquired the license for South Park: The Stick of Truth pending judgment on a claim from South Park studios that THQ doesn’t have the right to sell the license.
I wish the best to everybody who is affected by THQ’s demise.