When Nordic Games acquired "substantially all" of THQ's remaining intellectual property last week, the more than 150-title portfolio excluded Nexuiz, a game whose future remains unclear even to its developer.
In the April 22 bankruptcy court documents, all references to Nexuiz were marked as "removed" from the proposed sale. Polygon spoke to Chuck Brungardt, president of Illfonic, to find out the implications of that removal and what the developer has learned about its fast-paced first-person shooter available on Xbox 360 and Windows PC.
"The only info I was able to obtain was the buyer passed because of the cure costs being too high," Brungardt said. "Sounds like it could be owed royalties."
Illfonic entered into a licensing agreement with THQ Partners in 2011, which granted THQ...
The Xbox 360 servers for Nexuiz, Illfonic's arena-based shooter, have been taken offline, according to a post on the game's official Facebook page.
"It was fun while it lasted on there, and we are glad you guys enjoyed the game!" the update reads. "Unfortunately, the Xbox servers were controlled by THQ and in the current state, cannot be maintained anymore. Since the PC servers are different and can be controlled 100% by Illfonic, they will remain online and functional. Thanks!"
The Nexuiz remake launched last February on Xbox 360 though a publishing deal with THQ Partners. Polygon spoke to Illfonic president Chuck Brungardt recently about the game's future, and he told us that the developer was "still trying to figure out what this means and awaiting details from our contacts...