South Park Studios objects to THQ sale

The auction that could see THQ's properties sold off one by one begins today, but at least one franchise may not be up for bids. Selling South Park: The Stick of Truth to another company without the consent of South Park Studios would violate its contract, the company claims.

Polygon reports that South Park Studios filed a formal objection last week, asking the court to remove South Park: The Stick of Truth from the auction proceedings unless several conditions are met. These include compensation for at least $2.275 million in defaulted payments, express consent to the sale, and assurance of future performance. South Park Studios also wants to reserve the right to buy back the game in exchange for payment of THQ's "actual costs."

THQ responded, saying the license underlying The Stick of Truth was exclusive, which means federal copyright law doesn't prohibit its transfer. THQ also said it's "evaluating" the monetary defaults South Park Studios claims it owes.

South Park: The Stick of Truth was originally set for a March release, but was pushed back to sometime "early in fiscal 2014." It remains to be seen how the sales process will affect THQ's in-development properties.

We'll let you know as soon as the results of the auction become available, but until then you can check out our thoughts on where THQ's properties would be most at home.


  • LEGOMatrix - January 24, 2013 7:30 a.m.

    Oh god... this game will never come out will it? It's one of those cursed things that gets completed and delayed and by the time the release comes round there is no market for the old consoles so it gets bumped to the next gen, which takes another two years... I will cry.
  • Charlie_Fubar - January 23, 2013 3:41 a.m.

    Im gonna call my bookie and put the mortgage on "stick of truth is stuck in court till 2016." You know how redundant and legthy these courts are, right? Thanks to lawyers and court costs, this game will have to outpreform black ops 2 in order to be profitable. :P
  • iluvpkmnmonday - January 22, 2013 10:06 p.m.

    2014? All the release dates I'm seeing (Gamestop, Amazon, IGN, Wikipedia) still have the release date for March. Am confused.
  • Edias - January 22, 2013 1:44 p.m.

    This is bad news, but not really unexpected under the circumstances. I hope that they can get things sorted out amicably.
  • Alarus - January 22, 2013 1:43 p.m.

    By fiscal 2014 they can mean as early as Oct. and I believe they moved it into this fall for inflated sales in Dec.. This game will pry still come out at that same time pending these issues. It's fall or never.
  • GoldenEagle1476 - January 22, 2013 1:05 p.m.

    I didn't realize it was pushed back to 2014. I've lost hope of Prey 2 ever being released, I really hope the same doesn't happen for The Stick of Truth.
  • The_Tingler - January 22, 2013 12:23 p.m.

    The Stick of Truth is definitely high on my Most Wanted list so I'm really hopeful THQ can sort their shit out when it comes to releasing it. Need at least one RPG to look forward to that isn't isometric, a Diablo clone, a years-old JRPG, or the sequel to a Final Fantasy no one cares about anymore.
  • CrashmanX - January 22, 2013 1:26 p.m.

    Right. So either you ain't paying attention to the RPG scene or you're VERY hard to please. There are TONS of RPGs coming out right now and many of them are pretty damn good. They're just harder to find.
  • BladedFalcon - January 22, 2013 1:30 p.m.

    Ni No Kuni fits the bill to all of the above specifications.
  • Cyberninja - January 22, 2013 4:03 p.m.

    Well I am pretty sure I am someone and care about LR:FF13 so a better way to phrase that would be sequel to a Final Fantasy I don't care about anymore
  • Charlie_Fubar - January 23, 2013 3:49 a.m.

    Preach on brother! Im gonna pick up ni no kuni, but since it came out in japan 2 years ago it does fit your description of the rpg scene. And im done with Square. I will not buy your 20 dollar apps or ff13 3 (since 2 had no ending and you want me to forget)

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