It's been a heck of a day for THQ, it's staff and millions of gamers who've had to sit and watch the company sell off it's licenses and assets to various developers and publishing houses.
A list made the rounds this afternoon of the various games from THQ and where they would be going, but one franchise was not mentioned, that WWE franchise. THQ has been pushing out WWE video games since the WWE was the WWF, starting way back in 1999 with "WWF Wrestlemania 2000."
You could say THQ knows their way around a wrestling game. In fact their initial wrestling games, "WCW Vs. nWo: World Tour" and "WCW/nWo Revenge" were so good they're fondly looked back on and actually kick started a surge in wrestling games. Until then, wrestling games were hit or miss, and more like fighting games then anything else.
THQ refined the wrestling video game genre with their WCW games, and eventually went onto create "WWF Wrestlemania 2000" and "WWF No Mercy", ask any wrestling video game fan which game was best, and chances are they'll say both. THQ would go onto make the "Smackdown" series, which later became "Smackdown Vs. Raw" and finally "WWE '12".
It's been a long, long ride with plenty of hits and misses. Now THQ is posed to leave the wrestling video game scene, and everyone is wondering who's taking the license over. There had been rumors of EA taking over the license, but they told Kotaku this afternoon that the company has no planes to make any WWE licensed games.
A source close to the situation who remained anonymous tells Kotaku that Take-Two is acquiring the WWE license. This is outstanding news, as they are the guys behind "Grand Theft Auto" and "Bioshock". The WWE Games Twitter isn't spilling the beans just yet either. They do however promise the franchise will continue, which is a good thing.