Making sense of THQ's bankruptcy filing
A lot of noise has been made of THQ’s supposed downfall recently. Yesterday the company revealed that they have filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy, and as can be expected within the confines of the video game industry’s supposed journalistic quarter, articles started coming out wondering where some of THQ’s assets and IPs would be heading in light of its complete and utter decimation.
The company's VP has also stepped down.
THQ has been in the news a lot lately, due to its financial woes that have caused the company to completely restructure. This has resulted in everything from massive layoffs to the selling off of game properties such as the UFC license to EA and Devil’s Third by Tomonobu Itagaki’s Valhalla Studios. Well, that restructuring continues, as we’ve learned of a few more developments in the ongoing saga of this long-suffering publisher.
It's so absurd that it's hard to be offended by these Saints.
It only takes about 15 minutes to get an idea of what exactly Saints Row: The Third is about. Actually, let me rephrase that. It only takes about 15 minutes to understand that Saints Row: The Third is as illogical as it can possibly be without the dialogue being performed completely in pig latin. The ends don’t justify the means here. The means unapologetically justify themselves and you should just be glad that you get the pleasure to tag along. In just 15 minutes you’ll commit mass murder dressed as a bobblehead, ride a bank vault being yanked into the air via helicopter, and jump out of a jet with your guns blazing. There is no real justification for any of this, except that it’s fun to be absurd.
PlayStation 3 gamers get more free stuff.
Early adopters of the PlayStation 3 version of Saints Row: The Third are getting a little something extra in the coming months. THQ and SCEA posted on the Official PlayStation Blog that those gamers that redeem their online pass before February 13, 2012 will receive a digital copy of Saints Row 2 absolutely free.
You read that right, the next game in the Saints Row series has been confirmed less than a week before the release of The Third.
Next week sees the release of Saints Row: The Third, the crazy sandbox organized crime game that filled in the void left by Grand Theft Auto when Rockstar decided to go in a more mature and socially relevant route with GTA IV. It’s no surprise that the series has done well and THQ and the crew expects that this will be the biggest Saints Row yet. They have so much faith, in fact, that THQ’s own Danny Bilson has revealed that a fourth entry in the series is already in the works.
People are strange in Saints Row: The Third.
There isn’t anything quite like Saints Row: The Third. Sure, it may seem like a blatant rip-off of the hugely successful Grand Theft Auto franchise, but there is so much more to Saints Row than the open world and warring gangs. Simply put, there is something wrong with Saints Row: The Third, and I mean that in the best way possible.
A new deal will make Origin more competitive in the digital distribution market.
EA has announced today that its digital distribution platform, Origin, will be adding a boatload of new, popular titles from publishers Warner Bros. Interactive, THQ and Capcom Entertainment, Inc. Beginning next month, Origin will play host to hotly anticipated PC version of Batman: Arkham City, Saints Row: The Third and more.