Ubisoft 'interested' in THQ's assets

CEO Yves Guillemot says troubled THQ has "good things" that publisher may consider purchasing.

Beleaguered publisher THQ has already sold its Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) license to Electronic Arts in an effort to raise capital. If the company decides to put any of its other licenses or franchises up for sale, Assassin's Creed publisher Ubisoft could be interested.

"They have good things," Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot told GamesIndustry International. "We are always interested in good brands. For sure, it's something we can consider, but I can't tell you more."

Guillemot declined to say which brands he is most interested in. THQ has a number of games in the development pipeline, including Homefront 2, Company of Heroes 2, Saints Row 4, and a mystery game in production with former Assassin's Creed director Patrice Desilets at THQ Montreal.

Guillemot also addressed THQ's current financial situation in broader terms. He said the situation the company is in presently is a result of uncertainty in the market.

"What happened to [THQ] is something that happens regularly when we have transition," Guillemot said. "Some can make it, some decide to go in different direction. It happened with Atari and Midway and also Acclaim last generation. … It's something that happens in this industry and that's the way the industry consolidates."

Earlier this month, THQ delayed South Park: The Stick of Truth, Company of Heroes 2, and Metro: Last Light and by doing so, created a need for further capital, To this end, THQ has begun talks with investment banking firm Centerview Partners LLC to "assist the company in evaluating strategic and financing alternatives."

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imprezawrx500
imprezawrx500

No ubi don't infest THQ games with your horrid drm that failed from day one but you want throw out. 

dakedoom
dakedoom

Please, Ubisoft, just... die.

Takeno456
Takeno456

I do love the Metro series. Hmm an Ubisoft produced Metro. This is both interesting yet scary to think about.

dizzyrhino
dizzyrhino

I'm surprised nobody talks about this more but the UFC was one of the final nails in the coffin for THQ. They went in there thinking they'd struck gold with "the fastest growing sport" but it turned out no one was interested so UFC 3 wound up bombing pretty badly when THQ thought it would be one of their major successes. No different to how FOX thought they were onto something big signing the UFC but it wound up getting horrible TV ratings.

 

UFC  is bad luck for anyone getting involved with them. They talk a big game which makes investors throw money at them but there's nothing under the hood.

PlatinumPaladin
PlatinumPaladin

Truth be told I've never been a particularly big THQ fan, but I'll be disappointed if they lose the South Park or Metro games they're working on.

The_Last_Ride
The_Last_Ride

if anyone should buy them it should be Ubisoft, i think they would treat the titles with respect

blackothh
blackothh

this sounds like worst fate then bankruptcy....

sortajan
sortajan

did ubisoft do good on their word to stop with that drm shit?

hyksiu
hyksiu

Funny thing is Patrie Desilet went from Ubisoft to THQ. So I guess now he will get back to ubi...

wezkilla
wezkilla

 no no  no no  no no  no no  no no  no no  no no 

 

ide rather left THQ die with dignity then be taken over by Ubishit, no dont let the cancer spread we know its there we can stop it.

OJ_the_LION
OJ_the_LION

Hang in there THQ! THQ actually produces a somewhat disproportionate amount of good games (compare Activision or EA, who produce a disproportionate amount of crap for their size). Of all these big publishers, I'd say Ubisoft's probably the least likely to completely destroy any franchises they get control of, but it'd still be best if THQ stayed an independent company and got back on its feet.

SnakeEyesX80
SnakeEyesX80

I would like to see Homefront actually done right, instead of how THQ screwed over Kaos. I think Crytek is working on Homefront 2, so hopefully no worries there. Homefront's MP had so many great ideas, but were marred by execution. I think Ubisoft would do a great job with the series.

nimsolo
nimsolo

What about the warhammer 40k RPG? 

deon99
deon99

As long as the WWE games are taken care of i'm good on this deal.

ADO300
ADO300

ubisoft has enough money to buy the THQ company, i say let it happen i would love to play some more saints row or darksiders in the near future

BlueFlameBat
BlueFlameBat

Meh. Why not? UbiSoft almost made a Bratz game right before THQ did.

Jarten
Jarten

I hope they buy Red Faction and bring it back. I liked that series.

harryuljj
harryuljj

no!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

uplay!!!!!!!it’s nightmare

nate1222
nate1222

While Ubisoft is "interested" in THQ, how about bringing the Red Faction series to GOG (DRM-free). Ubisoft already has Assassin's Creed, Beyond Good & Evil, and the Prince of Persia trilogy on GOG. So, if ya get THQ's catalog, bring their golden oldies to GOG too.

FAIL_TR0LL
FAIL_TR0LL

Darksiders + Assassins Creed = love?

simon1812
simon1812

finally! let THQ die, and let Ubisoft take over their stronger runner WH40K, maybe they can produce a SpaceMarine 2 or WH40K 3  that can take advantage of what the franchise has to offer, with stronger focus on multiplayer this time :P

Vatusus
Vatusus

Ubisoft should grab Darksiders and Saints Row

Zatto-1
Zatto-1

THQ is good at Warhammer and SR3 is a very good game. They should focus more on WH games as nobody else makes anything WH related so they could cash on that.

 

Even if they made just WH games the lore is so wast it dwarfs pretty mach anything and is very interesting, so they can easily expand and maybe even relate story events between games.

 

As for Ubi buying anything from them, well i wouldnt want it because it would probably be plagued by some cryptic draconian drm.

Frozen_dust
Frozen_dust

Hell no...after seeing how much Ubisoft decayed and made a fool of itself on PCs, buying THQs would be very very bad news. :(

 

Let's just hope they're mindlessy flirting. oO

Unfallen_Satan
Unfallen_Satan

It's important to read the whole original interview to know the entire context of Guillemot's comments. I don't think Ubisoft is too interested in THQ. THQ is not big on casual games, an area that Guillemot specifically emphasized in the interview. Homefront and Metro are both commercially risky. Darksiders and Warhammer are on the decline. Ubi has next to zero RTS/RTT expertise, so the acquisition of CoH without Relic would be virtual IP suicide; not to mention acquiring a PC-centric IP by a company with dwindling PC presence is itself counter-intuitive. Saint's Row is the most likely choice, but it is also THQ's trump card. I don't see THQ's giving that up unless the company is going under with absolute certainty. I guess some of the less well-known franchises are possible purchases, but why would Ubi bother?

Megawizard
Megawizard

Chances are this happens:

-Now THQ's stock goes up

-Ubi says they're not longer interested

-THQ's stock goes through the floor

-Now Ubi buys it

jomz24_H
jomz24_H

NO!! if that happens say goodbye to dawn of war and COH on pc, and the Metro 2033 franchise is gonna be multiplayer focus.

blackwingzero
blackwingzero

They're probably interested in purchasing the Sain't Row licence for sure and maybe some of their other big name licences that bring in serious money. That or there more interested in maybe getting their hands on some of the people they employ there. After all they do use the term "good things" rather loosely.

Megavideogamer
Megavideogamer

THQ on the verge of going under. If so hopefully Ubisoft can keep some of the better THQ franchise going.

BuBsay
BuBsay

Despite their bastardization and simplification of all the Tom Clancy series, Ubisoft seems to be doing pretty well these days in terms of quality products.

 

With that being said, I hope THQ continues on their own as the only thing I'd be worried about is Ubisoft trying to shoehorn in some multiplayer aspect into Metro Last Light (which absolutely doesn't need it) and put less focus on the singleplayer. For the love of god don't take away what good singleplayer shooters I have left!

arkainjalex12
arkainjalex12

I definitely look forward to hearing updates on this. It would be great to see Ubisoft "save" some of THQ's great franchises if things go that far downhill. It would be a shame to not see the South Park RPG, or sequels to Darksiders/Saints Row etc.

Stonecutters908
Stonecutters908

IMO THQ has an exciting roster of games for 2013/2014, if Ubisoft wants to buy it I say let them. These games need to be released!

 

Darksiders 3

Saints Row 4

Company of Heroes 2

South Park: The Stick of Truth

Metro: Last Light

WWE '14

Homefront 2 (first one sucked, but Crytek could make this franchise worthwhile)

idosofacility
idosofacility

YES! please god let Ubisoft take DARKSIDERS! I dont want it to die! Darksiders 3 in the hands of Ubisoft would be awesome!

mstrchf12
mstrchf12

The only thing good under THQ right now is Saints Row, Warhammer and WWE games.

Birth00
Birth00

Has Ubisoft ever done RTS's or MMO's? Cuz they could potentially get their hands on the Warhammer 40k games license. Just hope if they do that it can be done justice.

mstrchf12
mstrchf12

Ubisoft 'interested' in THQ's assets.....if you know what I mean??? :P

Grimkillah
Grimkillah

HOMEWORLD 3!!! NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

hadlee73
hadlee73

Gamespot New Editor: "Oh! Look! GamesIndustry International interviewed someone. Now we can turned this single interview into multiple news items to save time so we can go and play Black Ops II! Wait, what do you mean you can't install the second disc?"

kungfuj0
kungfuj0

All I care about is Saint's Row.  Just make sure somebody good gets that, and I'll be happy.

andrewwittmaier
andrewwittmaier

Mr. Guillemot must be good at something other than not saying stupid things to the press because it seems to happen nearly every day.  

Hey_Jay
Hey_Jay

How about you just focus on making yourself better, rather than looting THQ's near-corpse.

juboner
juboner

I just want more mx vs atv or just focus on the mx and supercross forget the atv

Hairygrim
Hairygrim

Wow, Ubisoft aren't THAT bad...are they? I know about all the DRM but being a non-PC gamer I have trouble empathising with that. Maybe I've just got my standards set high, thanks to the likes of EA/Activision/Capcom.

I don't understand why it is that THQ is screwed over so badly - they publish decent enough games & they tend to be the sort which aren't pirated much. Is it some kind of bad business management or the fact that they aren't being enough like the afore-mentioned publishers?

parrot_of_adun
parrot_of_adun

Oh, for the love of all that isn't terrible, no. THQ, as financially troubled as they are, treat their games and studios with some modicum of respect, and doesn't run franchises into the ground. Ubisoft, on the other hand, has few left one could lok at without cringing.