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  • StMichaelStMichael Fullerton, CAPosts: 183Member

    So wait, all of that has to do with Vigil...how?

    We know THQ is in deep shit, especially with this adidas lawsuit. But how is all that on Vigil to explain? DMO right now has a functioning in house game engine, a significant amount of art and animations, and a great deal of design work done already. The game is too far along to just disappear. THQ is banking everything they have on it's success, and should they as a company not survive long enough to launch it, it's a VERY valuable asset to be sold off in the event of bankruptcy. Most of the hard stuff has already been done, so any developer looking for an easy way to break into the MMO market would be salivating at the thought of buying a nearly finished MMO along with the studio that developed it.

  • SasamiSasami HelsinkiPosts: 326Member

    Originally posted by StMichael

    So wait, all of that has to do with Vigil...how?
    We know THQ is in deep shit, especially with this adidas lawsuit. But how is all that on Vigil to explain? DMO right now has a functioning in house game engine, a significant amount of art and animations, and a great deal of design work done already. The game is too far along to just disappear. THQ is banking everything they have on it's success, and should they as a company not survive long enough to launch it, it's a VERY valuable asset to be sold off in the event of bankruptcy. Most of the hard stuff has already been done, so any developer looking for an easy way to break into the MMO market would be salivating at the thought of buying a nearly finished MMO along with the studio that developed it.

    I would believe THQ doesn't have rights to sell Warhammer 40k license away. Worst case scenario, THQ sells Vigil but keeps license, Vigil buyer ends up with game but no license. Gameworkshop can't sell license to that company because THQ has exclusive rights.

    Since we don't know what actually reads in contract between THQ and Gameworkshop it's unclear what would happen if THQ goes bankcrupt. It's a potential warp storm waiting to happen. Hopefully THQ is wise and cuts all the crap experiences that has caused current situation and put money on real games.

  • StMichaelStMichael Fullerton, CAPosts: 183Member

    If THQ files for bankruptcy, the company essentially ceases to exist. They sell off assets to pay bond holders first, then privilaged stock holders, then common stock holders, and then the company dissolves. You're right in that they won't be able to sell the 40k license, but those rights are still reserved by games workshop. So in the event that Vigil gets sold as a result of THQ going bankrupt, the company buying Vigil would then have to go to Games Workshop and negotiate a deal between them.

    Chances are very good that an agreement would be reached. Games Workshop stands to make a significant amount of money in royalties from a successful 40k MMO, and potential buyers of Vigil are definitely going to be paying THQ for the work already done on DMO in addition to the IP rights to Darksiders, and they won't want to lose out on all that because they couldn't negotiate a deal with Games Workshop.

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