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Nordic Games wins big at THQ auction: Darksiders, Red Faction, MX vs ATV, more

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An unlikely winner has emerged from the THQ sweepstakes: Nordic Games. The small publisher, located in Austria, bid $4.9 million to obtain the majority of THQ’a remaining properties including Darksiders, Red Faction, MX vs ATV, Destroy all Humans!, Summoner, Titan Quest, Frontlines, Juiced, Full Spectrum Warrior, and over 150 other titles. A full list of Nordic’s acquisitions will be unveiled soon, probably sometime after the purchase hearing current set for May 13.

But now the question becomes, what happens next? What does Nordic Games, best known for publishing the Painkiller series, plan to do with all of these properties? According to Lars Wingefors, Nordic’s CEO, the company plans to embark on an in-depth analysis of each property and will eventually move forward with sequels to many of them.

“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 developers in order to work on sequels or additional content for these titles,” Wingefors said.

To that end, Nordic Games has set up a special section in their official forums to solicit fan feedback on how to proceed with their new toys.

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THQ plans to sell off Darksiders, Red Faction, Homeworld, more in May

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The THQ sell-off will continue this Spring as the publisher has announced that four major franchises will go up for auction as well as two compilations of lesser franchises.

Darksiders (which went unsold at the initial THQ auction), Red Faction, Homeworld, and the MX racing franchise have all been put on the block by THQ. The company will also sell the rights to a package of original properties (including Big Beach Sports, Destroy All Humans!, Summomner, and others) and a package of licensed games (Marvel Super Hero, Supreme Commander, Worms, and others). A new owner for each franchise will be chosen sometime in May.

If you’ve ever wanted to own a formerly top-selling video game franchise, you should get in touch with THQ by emailing them at auction@thq.com by April 1. But be aware, you’ll be expected to show proof of funds in case your bid is selected by the creditors committee.

Of course, how much could something like Destroy All Humans! (which, admittedly, I love) actually go for?

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Sony adds nine more Ultimate Editions to PS Store

Sony is expanding their line of “Ultimate Editions” today with nine new game + downloadable content bundles. Each Ultimate Edition includes a downloadable version of the original game along with all DLC currently available. And for this week only (today until November 26), each Ultimate Edition has been discounted by up to 66% (up to 73% for PlayStation Plus subscribers).

So which games made the cut for the second wave of Ultimate Editions? Check ’em out…

Alice: Madness Returns
Total Value of the Game With All DLC: $31.97
PSN Price: $19.99 ($15.99 for PlayStation Plus members)

Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood
Total Value of the Game With All DLC: $39.99
PSN Price: $27.99 ($22.39 for PlayStation Plus members)

Assassin’s Creed: Revelations
Total Value of the Game With All DLC: $53.99
PSN Price: $49.99 ($39.99 for PlayStation Plus members)

Deus Ex: Human Revolution
Total Value of the Game With All DLC: $50.46
PSN Price: $34.99 ($27.99 for PlayStation Plus members)

Homefront
Total Value of the Game With All DLC: $58.95
PSN Price: $19.99 ($15.99 for PlayStation Plus members)

Mass Effect 2
Total Value of the Game With All DLC: $49.96
PSN Price: $34.99 ($27.99 for PlayStation Plus members)

Red Faction: Armageddon
Total Value of the Game With All DLC: $43.95
PSN Price: $24.99 ($19.99 for PlayStation Plus members)

Saints Row 2
Total Value of the Game With All DLC: $36.97
PSN Price: $24.99 ($19.99 for PlayStation Plus members)

Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine
Total Value of the Game With All DLC: $79.97
PSN Price: $29.99 ($23.99 for PlayStation Plus members)

Sony has also announced another PSN rebate offer, so if you spend $60 on the PlayStation Store this week, they’ll send you a $10 PSN Voucher in December.

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Red Faction: Armageddon, Alice 2, others added to PlayStation Store

Sony wants you to get your ass to Mars and return to Wonderland today as they’ve added Red Faction: Armageddon and Alice: Madness Returns to the PlayStation Store. Another “Full PS3 Game,” Techland’s Call of Juarez: Bound in Blood is also available to download now.

As for new “PSN Games,” survey says… Family Feud Decades is the number one (and only) answer. According to Sony, it’s perfect for “all the family get togethers in your house over the holidays.”

Hit the jump for more details on all of these games and for a complete list of this week’s new game add-ons, hit up the PlayStation.Blog. (more…)

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THQ ends development of Red Faction franchise

THQ (and their Vice President of “Core Games” Danny Bilson) have discussed the company’s dedication to bigtime franchises many times in the past. Sadly, it looks like that number was reduced by one yesterday.

During the company’s quarterly financial presentation, THQ CEO Brian Farrell revealed that the Red Faction franchise has become too much of a niche title to continue. This is hot on the heels of the June debuts of Red Faction: Armageddon and the Syfy movie Red Faction: Origins.

“Given that [the Red Faction franchise], now in two successive versions, has just found a niche, we do not intend to carry forward with that franchise in any meaningful way,” Farrell said.

But don’t feel too bad for developer Volition. They’ve got their hands full with Saints Row: The Third (which will be available this November) and Guillermo del Toro’s Insane trilogy.

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New Releases: InFamous 2, Red Faction Armageddon, Green Lantern, More

This week’s E3 Expo will show the world everything about a ton of new games that’ll be available later this year and the next. But there are several games that’ll ship to stores this week and battle the big show for the gaming industry’s eyeballs.

The biggest new release is definitely Sony’s InFamous 2. The first game was a bit of a surprise hit, which has made the sequel one of 2011’s most anticipated games.

It’ll be joined by THQ’s latest trip to Mars, Red Faction: Armageddon (PC, PS3, Xbox 360); the movie-to-game adaptation Green Lantern: Rise of the Manhunters (3DS, DS, PS3, Wii, Xbox 360); and Codemasters’ latest FPS, Operation Flashpoint: Red River (PC, PS3, Xbox 360).

Check out the full list of the rest of this week’s new releases after the break. (more…)

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THQ releasing uDraw HD, Saints Row 3 in 2011; Drive-By canceled

THQ used their quarterly financial call to reveal a bit more about its 2011-2012 release slate.

For this year, the publisher is readying MX vs. ATV Alive for release this month, Red Faction: Armageddon on June 7, Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine for August and UFC Personal Trainer sometime this Summer. Towards the end of the year, THQ plans to release Saints Row: The Third and the next WWE game along with bringing their uDraw GameTablet to the PS3 and Xbox 360.

Speaking of Saints Row, after the call, the publisher told Joystiq that Saints Row: Drive-By (the franchise’s 3DS/PSN/XBLA spinoff) was canceled. Bummer.

But 2012 is looking great for THQ as they revealed that they have several major releases planned including the unannounced UFC Undisputed 2012, Darksiders 2, Tomonobu Itagaki’s Devil’s Third, Metro 2033: Last Light and Warhammer 40,000: Dark Millennium Online.

Finally, the publisher publicly commented on Nintendo’s next console: “[THQ is] excited about the prospect of new hardware next year and look[s] forward to working on that system.” Got an opinion of which of THQ’s 2012 releases will make the leap to the Wii 2/Project Cafe? Let us know in the comments.

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Red Faction: Armageddon delayed a week, demo announced

THQ has pushed back their next Martian excursion by a week. Red Faction: Armageddon will now be released for the PC, PS3 and Xbox 360 on June 7, instead of its original May 31st date. No reason was given for the delay, but perhaps it was done to give gamers a chance to watch the tie-in movie, Red Faction: Origins, which premieres on the SyFy Channel on Saturday, June 4.

At the same time THQ announced the delay, they also revealed that we’ll get a chance to get our asses to Mars on May 3rd with a demo on Xbox Live and (hopefully) PlayStation Network.

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