Metro: Last Light’s Ranger mode is designed for desktop survivalists. It limits the amount of ammo you find, how long air filters and battery power last, the rate of mask fogging, and how many weapons you can carry. In short, it’ll make the most claustrophobic shooter in the bunker just that tug-on-the-gas-mask-strap more nauseous. The game’s publisher, Deep Silver, want it to be in every copy of the game. So why isn’t it?
It’s Nordic Games. I was planning to build suspense, blurt the name, and hop into a waiting car to a chorus of “EH?"s. Sadly, it’s not yet lunchtime and I’d have to return to reporting the news after a couple of limp laps around the block. So then: Nordic Games are the new custodians of Darksiders, Red Faction, Titan Quest and Supreme Commander. I suppose you’d like to know who this lot are, and why they’ve bought up a sizeable portion of THQ’s back catalogue?
Gearbox have revealed themselves to be the new owner of the Homeworld IP, having successfully bought it in the recent THQ auction.
Initial plans for the IP are to re-release the two original games in an updated form. They don’t expand on this other than to say that these new versions will make “them accessible on today's leading digital platforms."
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Following the recent announcement that teamPixel lost their bid to acquire the Homeworld IP from static limbo, both Paradox and Stardock have also revealed they were outbid as well. The mysterious winning bid won’t be revealed for a few weeks, hopefully going to someone who has great plans for the series.
While the lion's share of THQ was sold back in January, with most of its major studios being picked up by other publishers, there were some properties that were left on the auction house floor. Chief among the game licenses that weren't bought, at least in our eyes, was Relic's fantabulous space-based RTS Homeworld. While Relic itself was bought by Sega the license to the game was not bundled with the company.
Well, all those leftover licenses are going up for auction to be picked over by those with the money to back up their bids. Check out the full list of properties below.
After a long day of publisher money crossing sweaty palms - and a glimpse of the sorry end that could have been in the disassembly of Darksiders devs Vigil - we were relieved to hear that lovely, talented Relic would be frozen in carbonite and shipped off whole to new hutt masters Sega.
Now Company of Heroes 2 director Quinn Duffy has been thawed out and, while he’s suffering from a hibernation sickness-induced temporary blindness, he can begin to tell us at least some of what the hell is going on.
The best line in Homeworld is the last line in Homeworld. At the end of the Mothership’s great odyssey, from the dusty desert world of Kharack to their homeworld, Hiigara. Through near genocide, the ship’s brain, a women implanted into the computer core named Karen S’Jet, is finally extracted.
THQ was torn apart like Osiris yesterday, its studios and best-known games scattered all over the world in the hands of new owners. Koch Media got Volition, Crytek got Homefront, Ubisoft got South Park and, as predicted, Sega got Relic. But as far as we can work out, Relic left perhaps their most venerable series behind.
That’s why a small interactive media company are setting out to buy the rights to Homeworld themselves.
The results of yesterday's auction of THQ have been announced, all the parts have been divvied up, and a letter has been sent out to all THQ employees wishing them luck in their future endeavours and suggesting that they are likely to retain employment with their new employers, though this is not guaranteed.
In the ongoing saga that is THQ's financial state, it's been uncovered that South Park Studio have submitted a filing that contests the sale of THQ's properties, in particular South Park: The Stick of Truth.
With THQ's assets going up for a piecemeal auction on 22 January, big publishers like Warner Bros and EA have been examining THQ's different studios and franchises to see if there are any they wish to acquire. However, Wednesday also saw interest from a less expected quarter: according to Distressed Debt Investing Double Fine requested a look at THQ's bankruptcy filing.
The equity company that is currently fronting THQ has agreed to accept bids on individual assets of the publisher. This means that publisher like Warner Bros. and EA may soon make bids on THQ's studios such as Saints Row's developer Volition or Company of Heroes' developer Relic.
As if to prove that it's business at usual at Relic, three more screenshots of Company of Heroes 2 have been released, with the aim of showing the game's Essence 3 engine at its very best. In the shot above, German tank destroyers cover the flanks as a Wehrmacht forces assault a Soviet village. The pictures don't tell us anything new or insightful about the game, but they are very pleasant eye candy and will definitely whet the appetites of those hungry for war. Click through for two more images of gorgeous front line action.