THQ to auction off Darksiders, Red Faction, Homeworld and more by May

What remains of bankrupt publisher THQ is kicking off the process to auction off some of its remaining game properties, like Darksiders, Homeworld and Red Faction. The sale of THQ's games and franchises is expected to be completed by mid-May, the company announced today.

The company's remaining intellectual property that will be auctioned off will be collected into six lots, consisting of the following titles and franchises:

  • Darksiders series
  • Red Faction series
  • Homeworld series
  • MX series
  • Other Owned Software, including Big Beach Sports, Destroy All Humans!, Summoner, and more
  • Other Licensed Software, including Marvel Super Hero, Supreme Commander, Worms, and more

In some cases, ownership of the overall intellectual property is not for sale, simply the rights to distribute certain games on specific platforms.

Initial bids on those properties must be submitted by April 1, 2013, the company says, with final bids due by April 15. THQ says it has received "more than 100 expressions of interest" in purchasing its IP and that a "vigorous sale is anticipated."

In January, a U.S. Bankruptcy Court approved the sale of some of THQ's in-development games and studios for $72 million. The auction saw THQ properties like Saints Row and Metro go to Koch Media, developer Relic go to Sega and South Park: The Stick of Truth go to publisher Ubisoft.

THQ failed to find buyers for some of its intellectual property and studios, like Darksiders and developer Vigil Games. THQ was dissolved and its staff laid off on Jan. 23.

The lots of owned and licensed games up for auction is listed below in detail.

Lot 1 - Owned Software

  • Red Faction
  • Red Faction Armageddon
  • Red Faction 2
  • Red Faction: Guerrilla

Lot 2 - Owned Software

  • Homeworld
  • Homeworld 2

Lot 3 - Owned Software

  • MX Alive
  • MX vs ATV Untamed
  • MX Superfly featuring Ricky Carmichael
  • MX vs. ATV Alive Tournament
  • MX Unleashed
  • MX vs. ATV Unleashed
  • MX vs ATV Reflex
  • MX vs. ATV: On The Edge

Lot 4 - Owned Software

  • Darksiders
  • Darksiders 2

Lot 5 - Owned Software

  • All Star Cheer Squad
  • All Star Cheer Squad 2
  • All Star Karate
  • Baja: Edge of Control
  • Battle of the Bands
  • Beat City
  • Big Beach Sports
  • Big Beach Sports 2
  • Big Family Games
  • Crawler
  • Deadly Creatures
  • Deep Six
  • Destroy All Humans!
  • Destroy All Humans! 2
  • Destroy All Humans! Big Willy Unleashed
  • Destroy All Humans! Path of the Furon
  • Dood's Big Adventure
  • Drawn to Life
  • Drawn to Life: The Next Chapter
  • Elements of Destruction
  • Fantastic Pets
  • Frontlines: Fuel of War
  • Full Spectrum Warrior 1
  • Full Spectrum Warrior 2: Ten Hammers
  • Juiced
  • Juiced 2: Hot Import Nights
  • Lock's Quest: Construction Combat
  • Neighborhood Games
  • Pax Imperia
  • Stuntman: Ignition
  • Summoner
  • Summoner 2
  • Terranium
  • The Outfit
  • Titan Quest
  • Titan Quest: Immortal Throne
  • World of Zoo
  • de Blob
  • de Blob 2
  • uDraw

Lot 6 - Licensed Software

  • Costume Quest
  • Daniel X (SueJack)
  • Deepak Chopra's Leela (Curious Holdings)
  • Fancy Nancy: Tea Party Time! (Harper Collins)
  • Jeopardy
  • Jeopardy 2
  • Journey to the Center of the Earth
  • Let's Ride Best of Breed
  • Marvel Super Hero Squad: Comic Combat
  • Marvel Super Hero Squad: The Infinity Gauntlet
  • Marvel Super Hero Squad: The Infinity Gauntlet 2
  • Nancy Drew: The Hidden Staircase
  • Nexuiz
  • Paws & Claws Marine Rescue
  • Paws & Claws Pampered Pets Resort 3D
  • PurrPals 2
  • Rio
  • Rocket Riot
  • Screwjumper (Frozen Codebase)
  • Scripps Spelling Bee (Scripps)
  • Sherlock Holmes and the Mystery of Osborne House
  • Stacking
  • Supreme Commander
  • Supreme Commander Forged Alliance
  • The Biggest Loser
  • Truth or Lies
  • Vampire Legends: Power of Three (dtp)
  • Wheel of Fortune
  • Wheel of Fortune 2
  • World of Zoo
  • Worms 2
  • Worms: A Space Oddity
  • Worms: Open Warfare 2 (Team 17)
  • Worms Battle Islands
  • Worms Open Warfare
  • You Don't Know Jack (Jellyvision)

Polygon has reached out to publishers and developers including Warner Bros., Ubisoft, EA, Jellyvision, Double Fine, Wargaming, Illfonic, Platinum Games, Crytek, 5th Cell and others. Electronic Arts and Double Fine declined comment on the auction.

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