After news hit earlier this week of more THQ-owned assets being put up for sale, a post on Polygon reported that Double Fine is, indeed, looking to regain the console publishing and distribution rights to two of their digital games, Costume Quest and Stacking. The trouble, of course, is that those two games are just two properties in a lot with dozens of others, and at this point it doesn’t seem as though they can be sold off individually.
Said Double Fine’s VP of business development:
“Double Fine owns the IP rights to Costume Quest and Stacking. THQ retained limited distribution rights that we bid on during the previous process to reclaim them prior to their expiration. We are optimistic about regaining these distribution rights, as this process has already demonstrated that when there are parties interested in specific assets, those assets are worth more when sold separately.
We continue to participate in the process, but we have not heard from [THQ] directly.”
At this point, it seems likely that Double Fine may—eventually—get their hands on their properties. That assumes, of course, that the lots sell to someone amenable to selling the publishing rights back to Double Fine. For the moment, though, we’ll have to wait and see what the April 1 auction brings.