THQ Relics Remain Untouched in Its Old Offices -- Check Out the Photos

A new company moving in has found memorabilia from Darksiders, Warhammer, and other THQ games.

Defunct publisher THQ has now been out of business for more than a year, but new photos shared online today show its former offices still held much of the memorabilia it left behind when it came time for a new company to move in.

A photo album published by Reddit user Soulessgingr reveals what remains in the former THQ office. These relics includes a huge Warhammer statue, awards, and a case full of the company's games. There are also posters of games it did release, like Darksiders II, and some of those it ultimately didn't--including South Park: The Stick of Truth (which ended up being published by Ubisoft) and Saints Row: The Third - Enter the Dominatrix (a canceled DLC pack that would end up being released for the Deep Silver-published Saints Row IV). Additionally, a variety of hardware, including TVs, monitors, and routers, was found.

The Reddit user came upon all this when the company he worked for moved into the building. He said in one comment, "The building manager purchased all the stuff that was left and THQ also left some stuff (hardware mostly) because they owed a lot of money for back rent. At least that is what one person told me a few hours ago."

What will happen to all of these items is unclear. He said, "As far as I have heard, they are either going to keep the stuff up as decorations or give to people that want it. I honestly don't know yet.

THQ's fall was a rapid one; its shares were worth over $36 in 2007 but had dropped to $.60 by February 2012, raising questions as to whether it was set to collapse. That April, Take-Two CEO Strauss Zelnick predicted the company would be dead in six months--an estimate that wasn't far off. THQ filed for bankruptcy in December 2012, and its assets (including intellectual properties and developers) were auctioned off last year.

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62 comments
PinchySkree
PinchySkree

So whoever is in there should go about making sure the awards and game Relic wall reaches the right place.

majere613
majere613

Truly a sad sight. They had some fantastic developers onboard, probably still the only ones to get the 40k license right, and were killed by the idiotic decisions of a group of clueless executives. And let's face it, none of the clowns responsible is queuing up for benefits right now.

Serpens_Solida
Serpens_Solida

 I'll never forget the innovations they made with the Red Faction series, and the best of all, Company of Heroes.

Unelmat
Unelmat

Maybe if they just lied to customers about their games in E3...

sargentpsgamer
sargentpsgamer

THQ set an example no one will listen to. They went for the casual market with Udraw and it destroyed them entirely. Yet we see companies like EA constantly trying to make that market grow..... fee-to-play, social network games, casual shooter clones, etc.... Yet when THQ was making new creative games (Darksiders, Full Spectrum Warrior) they were well respected and exciting to be around. They just lost focus. 

linthes999
linthes999

Something about this just feels creepy.  And sad.  And kind of terrifying.

faizanhd
faizanhd

THQ had the guts to publish games like STAKLER and Full Spectrum Warrior. Something other developers would never do because they were to busy making generic "action-adventure" games.

Really hope everyone at THQ has found a great job by now.

LilithN
LilithN

I very much hope that after reading these kind of articles the regulary pirating f*ers will feel just a little bit ashamed.

Acquire
Acquire

That damn uDraw Tablet.  Who thought that was going to be a good idea? They would've still been around had they not made that massive mistake.

KimCheeWarriorX
KimCheeWarriorX

i dont think many kids realize that thq's been around since the 8-bit era and that they had some pretty good games back then too

EPaul
EPaul

Sad to see such a big publisher crate like that

gorillazzero
gorillazzero

Poor THQ i always loved their Games it's sad they Ended up like this

Gravity_Slave
Gravity_Slave

Kinda sad. I imagine this is the left over stuff the employees didn't want or couldn't take. I'd have Ebayed some of that junk

VegasAceVII
VegasAceVII

I feel awful saying this because I am sad to see THQ go as much as any publisher or developer-- but that picture above; I can't seem to find any good games there except for DarkSiders.  I would like to believe the person who snapped this photo did not have panoramic mode...

Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

Basically, they couldn't take any of the stuff with them because it all had value, and everything of value had to be used to pay their debts.


Kind of sad, really.

Vodoo
Vodoo

It saddens me whenever a founding pillar of the game industry, like THQ, is forced to shut its doors. Look at all those games in that case... There's so much history there. I don't know if there's a video game museum or not, but some of that stuff belongs there.

Reminds me of when Acclaim went under years ago. They too were another company that was there since the beginning.

This serves as a prime example to other big game companies of what happens when you put "suit" in charge that knows nothing about this industry. People that green-lit production of licensed garbage and refused new, original ip. This is where you end-up

Darkhol0w
Darkhol0w

I still can't believe THQ went under..such a big hit for the industry, I really liked most of the games that they published.

devilzzz2014
devilzzz2014

There wasn't one person that was proud of their work at THQ to take the awards that were left behind?  Amazing how the world is all about money and if you don't make it well then your efforts are just trash.

Shouoken4Peace
Shouoken4Peace

Did someone take their rage out on that Warhammer statue? Or perhaps it dropped its chainsaw out of despair. Looks like someone took some of those game cases too. What games were taken from the case?! Did they have actual discs inside of them? Also, those Spongebob game cases really freak me out.

remoticons
remoticons

even the awards?! wth happened in this place... this is a real shame, feels like a ghost town when leaving everything behind.

snugglebear
snugglebear

That's not sad. That's not sad at all.

DarkJedi8_basic
DarkJedi8_basic

It's a shame, really.  They were printing money with the Nickelodeon, Disney and the WWE Franchises.  Poor Mis-Managed, Bast*rds!

b74kd3th
b74kd3th

Darksiders was shaping up to be one hell of a series if they polished up rfg a bit it could have been a top notch 3rdps. And for the Sony people the co founder of naughty dog helped this along. 

tomservo51
tomservo51

I bought THQi stock at one point. I kept my day job.

Smosh150
Smosh150

That really is sad, I liked THQ a lot, really is too bad that they went under.

DrKill09
DrKill09

Innovative companies like Midway and THQ go under, and EA and Activision STILL shovel out the same crap yearly.

SpLiTMaN
SpLiTMaN

Ate my heart out Gamespot :'( Glad there remaking Homeworld Tho!!!

equanox214
equanox214

@VegasAceVII company of heroes, Saints Row, darksiders 1 and 2, destroy all humans 1 and 2, de blob, red faction 1-4, Stalker, supreme commander, Tak and the power of Juju, Full spectrum warrior ,summoner, Titan quest, UFC 2010, Warhammer, Worms were some fantastic games I enjoyed that they were responsible for. 

hystavito
hystavito

@Thanatos2k Not sure how it went down for THQ but I have been through this situation at a former job.  We were skeleton crew at that point, only 2 of us left in that office.  One day my key didn't work, went to find the building manager, found out we were being evicted.  Luckily this building manager was cool and he knew a lot of the stuff in the office actually belonged to us, the employees, so he didn't even watch us and gave us the entire day to clear out.  Admittedly we did take a few things that were not ours, but nothing that would really be worth much anyway :).


Most of the stuff we left behind was not of any real value and certainly not as cool as this THQ stuff :).  Although, I was mad that night when I realized I forgot my toaster oven and knockoff mini George Foreman grill :).

Bellum_Sacrum
Bellum_Sacrum

@jasminelogan Assuming THQ ever made anything to be proud of. Mostly lots and lots of licensed shovelware.

koospetoors
koospetoors

@Darkhol0w Agreed, one of the very few bigger publishers that weren't total dicks towards the customer and developer. Very sad to see them gone.

Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

@devilzzz2014 The stuff belonged to THQ, and THQ had to give up everything of value thanks to the bankruptcy.  I guess the employees could have stolen it all on the way out.

LomaxGnome
LomaxGnome

@devilzzz2014 Seems more likely most were shown the door so quickly they were only able to take their own personal belongings.

DeadHUSKSskiN
DeadHUSKSskiN

@DrKill09  @bernard978  Thats fair.. BUT, i think consumers are to blame for that. Maybe if more people bought good new ips like Kingdoms of Amular instead Battlefields and CoDs and Madden.. We could weed out the yearly "Crap". Why innovate when FPS work so well as is?

GOGOHeadray
GOGOHeadray

@DrKill09 That stuff they "shovel" out sales. the reason THQ and Midway aren't here is because the stuff they put it didn't resonate with consumers who determine whether or not a company stays afloat


Kunakai
Kunakai

@DeadHUSKSskiN How can you even compare those games? They're as different as flying is to swimming! 

As for KoA, it wasn't a terrible game but it certainly wasn't great, nor was it innovative, in any sense of the word. 

I'll miss THQ but they've not made many decent games since DoW. 

GOGOHeadray
GOGOHeadray

@DeadHUSKSskiN @DrKill09 @bernard978 For 60 bucks a pop people want to ensure that the games they are getting will be worth the 60 bucks. With COD, Madden, Battlefield people know what the products are and what to expect from them; those fanbases are quite consistant.