Seems like the perfect opportunity for any of the big boys to buy, release what are pretty much already finished games, then close the studios and move the highlights of those teams into your existing staff.
Question is will the sales of those games recoup the losses on the acquisition. Guess it depends how cheap they can buy it for.
South Park is secure whatever happens. It's a money spinner in waiting, and since most of the work is done, anybody could pull a Gearbox and swoop in for a bargain. Right now, it seems that these Clearlake guys are holding on to each game because that's how they're going to make their money back from buying THQ. After that, I have no idea.
I also enjoyed the N64 South Park game were you threw snowballs. Looking back though, that game had the most monotonous gameplay, and the humor of the old South Park episodes (not holding up to well). Hopefully, this will be a classic. I have my doubts though, as Stone/Parker tend to spin all of their puns around current events, and that could end up as something irrelevant as time goes by. I hope I'm wrong though, as the footage Ive seen has been really enjoyable. I would like to see some gameplay though. Are there skills, spells, special attacks, potions etc. that you tend to see in other (turn based?) RPGs?
I'd think they have the sensibilities to not fill the game with topical crap. As they're gamers and know a thing or two about what's shit in games, I'm really hoping for something special. I mean come on, they actually mapped out South Park for this thing, something they've never done for anything before.
Wasn't the episode they've taken the art/idea from and expanded a more traditional South Park, a story focused on the characters. I can't remember it tackling any hot topics like the other recent episodes do so I can't see it having that kind of commentary other than quips and homages to other games.
God, I can almost hear EA salivating in the wings.
I'm not worried about SoT never seeing the light of day, though. This mother will print money. Some of these THQ games are in the polishing stages (like Company of Heroes 2), so I don't think anybody will pass up the chance for an easy, short-term, buck. After that...well, who knows.
Well, it's now in the possession of Ubisoft... for better or worse. At least we know they have the budget to throw some weight behind this title; I just hope it's not at the expense of some shitty DLC implementation.