THQ to acquire Big Huge Games


MUMBAI: THQ announced plans to acquire Big Huge Games, a development studio focused on the Role-Playing-Game (RPG) genre, a multi-billion dollar market segment.


Big Huge Games was founded in 2000 by four veteran game developers, Brian Reynolds, Jason Coleman, Dave Inscore and Tim Train, who together have brought strategy gamers such classic hits as Rise of Nations, Alpha Centauri, and Civilization II.


“The acquisition of Big Huge Games is a big win for THQ as we continue to expand both our internal development capabilities and our portfolio of owned intellectual properties,” said THQ executive vice president of worldwide studios Jack Sorensen.


Big Huge Games president and COO Tim Train said, “We believe their passion for games, developer support, and understanding of the creative process is without parallel in the industry. THQ provides an ideal environment to help us develop new, innovative games for both core gamers and mass market.”


The studio is currently in development on a previously announced new RPG title for THQ for the Xbox 360 video game and entertainment system, PLAYSTATION3 computer entertainment system and Windows PC, as well as additional console projects based on their proprietary technology.


The acquisition is expected to close shortly, subject to certain conditions. Under the terms of the agreement, Big Huge Games will become a wholly-owned subsidiary of THQ and the studio’s management and employees will continue with the company. The 100 person studio is located in Timonium, Maryland. Financial terms were not disclosed.