THQ's MotoGP spinning its wheels

Publisher is "evaluating the viability" of the franchise after development studio is bought out by Buena Vista Games.

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Earlier today, Disney-owned Buena Vista Games announced that it is set to acquire Climax Racing, the studio behind THQ's MotoGP series and Sony's ATV Offroad Fury games.

While Sony hasn't yet said how the move will impact the future of the ATV Offroad Fury series, a THQ spokesperson shed a little light on the publisher's plans for its own racing offerings--and it might not be good news for MotoGP fans.

"MotoGP is a good but niche franchise for us," the spokesperson told GameSpot. "We are evaluating the viability of the brand for us after next year."

Waiting until after next year to reevaluate the series fits well with news from Lazard Capital Markets analyst Colin Sebastian. In an investor's note earlier today, Sebastian said he expects Climax Racing to finish work on MotoGP 07 before THQ makes the call on continuing with another developer or scrapping the series entirely.

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