THQ's eating some humble pie. The pay-what-you-want Humble THQ Bundle drops the indie and brings together several THQ catalog entries, including Company of Heroes and its two standalone expansions, Darksiders, Metro 2033, and Red Faction: Armageddon, as well as Saint's Row: The Third for buyers who pay more than the average price.
It's an unusual move both for the bundle, which previously featured indie favorites like Bastion and Bit.Trip Runner (as well as soundtracks and ebooks), and THQ, the first triple-A publisher to appear on the service. The timing of the deal and THQ's dire financial situation are likely not a coincidence.
Paying just a dollar or more to get the games while supporting charity is certainly an attractive bargain, but they're unfortunately only available as Steam keys for Windows--bucking the bundle's previous trend of DRM-free Mac and Linux options.
The unique service is in unfamiliar territory, but Humble Bundle's John Graham assured Ars Technica its regular programming will soon return, with another indie bundle possibly launching this year.
"We’re very excited to be able to offer the gaming community a massive sale with blockbuster content and raise money for charity at the same time," Graham said. "We will of course continue to support indies content as a core of our business."