Last month, THQ auctioned off many of its studios and intellectual properties as part of its bankruptcy proceedings. Although some major deals were made at the time, many other assets were not a part of the auction. One such asset is the publishing rights to WWE games. IGN reported Take-Two Interactive was a front runner in acquiring the rights, and now it is official. Ladies and gentlemen, the next WWE game will be developed by Yukes and published by Take-Two.
As with many business deals, this one has to be approved by the courts before it’s finalized. In the statement Take-Two gave to IGN, the publisher said,”At this time, the agreement is pending court approval and we anticipate that it will be finalized shortly. We are very excited about the potential of this agreement and will have more to share at the appropriate time.”
Of all the publishers that could have scooped up WWE, I think it’s in good hands at Take-Two. Take-Two is one of the only publishers that has a consistently good track record with sports games. With the capital it has on hand, I think the WWE gaming franchise is at a good home.
The fate of THQ’s other properties remains a mystery. There a chance we may never know where some properties ended up. Something like WWE was bound to be picked up by someone because there’s clearly a huge market for it. I can’t say the same thing for de Blob.