news\ Jan 23, 2013 at 5:23 pm

Koch Media responds to Saints Row, Metro, and Volition acquisition


Koch Media, a leading producer and marketer of digital entertainment products in Europe and North America, has formally announced the acquisition of intellectual property rights forMetro and Saints Row -- two of THQ's most beloved and successful franchises. Koch Media, the owner of Dead Island publisher Deep Silver, also acquired Volition, the Chicago-based studio responsible for the development of Saints Row and Red Faction.

As part of the announcement, the company confirmed that Deep Silver will lead "all further development and marketing" on the Saints Row and Metro franchises. As a fan of those franchises, this worries me -- especially on the heels of the recent Dead Island Riptide Zombie Bait debacle which saw a bloodied, limbless female torso as a collectible bonus. I can only imagine -- and shudder -- with an idea of what they might have in store for Saints Row 4.

“Koch Media welcomes the addition of these magnificent franchises to the Koch Media family of entertainment properties,” said Dr. Klemens Kundratitz, CEO of Koch Media GmbH. “With more than 200 games on notable platforms globally, and its proven success creating renowned franchises like Dead Island, Deep Silver is perfectly positioned to lead these brands into the next generation of interactive entertainment for fans around the world.”

“These franchises hold a special place in the hearts and minds of anyone who loves exceptional video games,” added Geoff Mulligan, COO of Deep Silver. “We’re thrilled to usher in a new era for these franchises and are proud to welcome the visionaries and talented forces at Volition on board.”

Koch Media and Deep Silver will detail future plans for reach franchise "in the coming months." Until then, we hold our breath and anxiously await. The rest of THQ's assets have been auctioned off and purchased be other companies, which you can learn more about here.

Do you think Koch Media and Deep Silver owning the rights to Saints Row and Red Faction is a good thing?

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