The era of THQ wrestling games is officially over. As of this afternoon, THQ as a company has been dissolved and all of it’s licenses and properties have been auctioned off. We know where several prominent franchises and studios are going but we simply have no idea on where the WWE video games license has found as a home.
What we do know is that a new company will definitely be publishing WWE games starting immediately. The Twitterverse is abuzz with rumors that either of both EA and Take Two have bought the license — and it would stand to reason that one side of the other is correct. The WWE was owed $45 million from THQ when the company went under, so most likely WWE will be looking for a stable and somewhat wealthier business partner this time around.
The status of a WWE game for 2013 will depend upon how the new publisher approaches WWE video games. If the publisher starts from scratch, there may not be another WWE game on the market for at least a year or two. A formal court document shows that WWE’s license was NOT auctioned off in the sale of THQ’s assets. This tends to indicate WWE cancelled their licensing deal with THQ and has shopped or is shopping their property unilaterally.
THQ’s “UFC Undisputed 3” is one of the most-anticipated fighting games of 2012. And while we can’t wait to jump into the octagon and pound a few polygons into a bloody pulp, we do have some news that will excite fight fans as they wait for the game’s January release. And by news, I’m talking about the game’s roster.
That’s right, ESPN’s Gamer Blog is here with the exclusive roster reveal, as we will break things down division by division starting with Jon Jones and the light heavyweights.
And while Jones was disappointed with his character in past games, this year “Bones” has the reach (and all new strikes!) to devastate opponents, including the right back fist. You’ll also find the likes of Lyoto Machida, complete with his patented front kick, and Antonio Rogerio Nogueira making fools tap with the Anaconda Choke.
Throughout September a vote was held for which fighter would adorn the cover of UFC Undisputed 3. Five current title holders were candidates – Frankie Edgar, Georges St-Pierre, Anderson Silva, Jon Jones, and Cain Velasquez. Today at the UFC Fan Expo president Dana White announced that Silva won the vote.
Anderson Silva is the current middleweight champion with a career record of 31-4 and has not lost since joining the UFC in 2006 (a streak of 14 fights). He is also a veteran of Pride – which makes its debut as a mode in the game this year. The Brazilian’s next title defense is not yet scheduled but won’t come until early 2012 – possibly facing the winner of the recent Chael Sonnen vs Brian Stann bout, in which Chael Sonnen won. UFC Undisputed 3 is slated to release in January.
THQ Creative Director for WWE games Corey Ledesma recently spoke to THQ about the new WWE ’12 video game. Here are some highlights:
Q: Take me through your thoughts on how SvR ’11 was received, and what you could/wish your team could have done better?
Cory: We have a lot of pride in the work we put out there, so the team felt very good about WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2011 being a solid product that fans were going to thoroughly enjoy. We were able to introduce a new mode, called WWE Universe, that we think was a very solid foundation for the future and got a lot of people excited to play the game. Adding dynamic object physics to gameplay was also another major addition that we felt changed the way the game looked and played for the better. All in all, we were generally pleased with how the game was received. With that being said, there were some game areas we were not completely satisfied with and feel need significant improvement. Our fans are intelligent, recognize a lot of those shortcomings as well and let us know about them. Continue reading WWE-THQ Rep WWE ’12 Q & A→