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Nordic Games gets Darksiders, Red Faction


By:  Eddie Makuch The auction results for bankrupt publisher THQ‘s remaining assets have been published, with Nordic Games taking the Darksiders, Red Faction, and MX vs. ATV franchises for $4.9 million. The publisher also scored the Destroy all Humans!, Summoner, and Supreme Commander rights. “First and foremost, we are very happy about this deal which also turns over a new leaf for the entire Nordic Games Group. In the long term, we either want to cooperate with the original creators or best possible []

Volition: Saints Row’s ‘juvenile’ tone doesn’t hurt sales


By:  Eddie Makuch The “juvenile” tone of the Saints Row series does not hurt sales, but in fact is a component of the franchise’s success. That’s according to Volition producer Jim Boon, who told OXM that fans have spoken and they enjoy the series’ irreverent nature. “Ultimately, I don’t think that Saints Row‘s tone gets in the way of bigger sales. If anything, I think our tone is an element of our success,” Boon said. “Saints Row is quite unlike anything else out there, and []

Saints Row IV launching August 20


By:  Eddie Makuch A teaser trailer for the already-confirmed Saints Row IV today reveals the open-world action game will launch in North America August 20 for current-generation consoles and PC. A launch for the rest of the world is slated for August 23. In development at Volition Inc., Saints Row IV will be published by new franchise owner Deep Silver, which acquired the developer and the series for $22.3 million during the THQ bankruptcy auction in January. Saints Row IV continues the story of the Third Street []

THQ files for bankruptcy


By: Eddie Makuch Beleaguered Saints Row publisher THQ has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, the company announced today. It has entered into an asset purchase agreement with a bidder to acquire “substantially all of the assets of THQ’s operating business.” This includes the company’s four wholly-owned studios and games in development. “The sale will allow THQ to shed certain legacy obligations and emerge with the strong financial backing of a new owner with substantial experience in software and technology,” the company said []

2,100 more sex offenders banned from online games


By: Eddie Makuch An additional 2,100 registered sex offenders have been removed from online gaming platforms in New York, attorney general Eric T. Schneidermanannounced today through his website. The bannings are part of the “Operation: Game Over” initiative, which earlier this year removed more than 3,500 sex offenders from online networks in the state. New York had the cooperation of five new game companies for its latest round of sex offenders purges, including THQ, Funcom, NCSoft, and Gaia Online. The fifth company []

Guillermo del Toro’s InSane revived


By: Eddie Makuch THQ may have dropped filmmaker Guillermo del Toro‘s action game InSane, but the project has found a new developer. The Pan’s Labyrinthdirector told IGN that he had shopped the game around to numerous developers and it is now back on track. “We were going to go to a lot of developers after THQ, but it seems like we’re going to be developing it after the first meeting we had,” he said. “I can’t disclose where it was, but we []

No Metro: Last Light for the Wii U – Report


By: Laura Parker Metro: Last Light developer 4A Games has confirmed that it will not be bringing the sequel to Nintendo’s next-generation console due to technical limitations. Speaking to Now Gamer, 4A Games chief technical officer Oles Shishkovtsov told the publication that the Wii U has a “horrible, slow CPU“. His colleague Huw Beynon reiterated the sentiment, telling the publication there would not be a Wii U version of Metro: Last Light, because the studio “couldn’t justify the effort required”. “We had []

InSane cancelled


By: Brendan Sinclair THQ has given up on inSane. In a post-earnings conference call today, THQ president Jason Rubin announced that Volition has stopped preproduction on the Guillermo del Toro game collaboration and returned all the rights to the intellectual property to the filmmaker. Originally announced in 2010, InSane was not expected to debut in the market until as late as 2014. InSane is the latest in a string of high-profile cancellations and reconfigurations for THQ this year. The publisher had already []

E3 2012: Darksiders 2 Hands-On Preview


By: John Wippersteg The original Darksiders was the big hit of January 2010, surprising a lot of people by offering an interesting combination of gameplay mechanics and storytelling. Darksiders 2 hopes to build on that success and based on the demo we played at E3 it looks like it should do so with considerable ease. The segment of the game we were allowed to play was the first level of the game. This is a nice treat compared to a lot of []

Darksiders 2 Hands-On Preview


The ending of the first Darksiders game was a fairly risky move on Vigil Games’ part. An unproven developer with a new, home grown intellectual property, it already had a lot going against it without a fairly epic cliffhanger ending. Thankfully we’re getting the sequel fans of the original were hoping to see. Sadly, its story doesn’t take place after Darksiders’ cliffhanger, but wrenches control of War from our hands and puts us in control of Death, a new protagonist on a []