Rumor: Ubisoft Interested In THQ Assets

by Matthew Kato on Dec 21, 2012 at 05:30 AM

THQ is publicly on the trading block, and word is that Ubisoft is interesting in picking up the company's key assets for a price.

MCV says that it's been told by sources that Ubisoft is in talks to acquire the THQ assets (the U.S.-based studios and the games they are working on) that Clearlake Capital Group recently put in a stalking horse bid for when THQ filed for bankruptcy.

MCV's sources say that while Ubisoft is in "lengthy discussions" for THQ's assets, it would rather wait and pick up specific properties if THQ were ever in a position to sell them for cheap.

In November, Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot stated that Ubisoft would be interested in acquiring THQ properties if THQ was ever to fall into trouble – like they are now.

Getting series like Saints Row (pictured), WWE, Darksiders, and Homefront could certainly be good for Ubisoft. The games of foreign-based THQ studios, like the project headed by former Ubisoft creative director Patrice Désilets (Assassin's Creed franchise) are not included in THQ's recent offering.