Take-Two snag rights to WWE games from THQ

5:37 PM, Feb 15, 2013   |    comments
The 'WWE '13' video game from THQ.
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World Wrestling Entertainment video games have found a new home.

According to Bloomberg, Take-Two Interactive has reached a deal to develop and publish video games based on the WWE, a duty formerly handled by bankrupt publisher THQ. Take-Two is known for publishing Grand Theft Auto, the BioShock series and NBA 2K.

Citing court papers, Bloomberg says the deal terminates THQ's contracts with the WWE and longtime developer Yuke's Co., allowing both parties to sign new agreements with Take-Two.

THQ had released annual titles using the WWE license, and Take-Two has yet to confirm whether a new title will makes its debut this year.

The deal is part of a bankruptcy settlement reached last month that forced THQ to dissolve and split its assets among several competitors. The publisher's popular Saints Row series and first-person shooter Metro: Last Light were acquired by Koch Media, the parent of Dead Island publisher Deep Silver. Ubisoft (THQ Montreal, South Park: The Stick of Truth), Sega (Company of Heroes) and Crysis developers Crytek (Homefront) were the other companies who snagged THQ properties during the bankruptcy auction.

The lone noteworthy asset that remains with THQ is the Darksiders franchise, last seen with the release of Darksiders 2 in August.

- Brett Molina, USA TODAY

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