by Joseph Leray

Metro: Last Light

“Metro: Last Light” -- 4A Game’s follow-up to the critically praised by commercially middling “Metro 2033” -- was one of the many games sold in the wake of publisher THQ’s implosion last year. Along with Volition Studios and “Saints Row IV,” “Last Light” was sold to Koch Media, the German parent company of games label Deep Silver.

Speaking with Polygon, Deep Silver brand and public relations manager Jeremy Greiner explained that “the wheels started to fall off in December [2012] and we didn’t know what was going to happen with THQ … Thankfully, Deep Silver bought the game.”

Echoing earlier statements by Klemens Kundratitz, CEO of Koch Media, Grenier explained that “Metro 2033” was successful and well-received in Europe, particularly Germany. Deep SIlver is one of the largest videogame distributors in the region, making the “Metro” series a good fit.

In North America, however, THQ “dropped” the ball, Grenier said.

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by Joseph Leray

Koch Media CEO Klemens Kundratitz says he has “no doubt” that “Metro: Last Light” and the next “Saint’s Row” game will both launch this year. Koch Media’s videogame publishing branch, Deep Silver, bought the rights to both games when they were auctioned off as THQ floundered in bankruptcy.

Both games had 2013 release dates when they were being published by THQ, and Deep Silver plans to stick to that timeline.

Speaking with GamesIndustry.biz, Kundratitz also explained that Deep Silver was a natural fit for these properties. “We started with quite substantial bid amounts,” he says. “It wasn’t about a free ride. I was a real desire to get those two assets. Were there other things of interest? Yes, but in the end we got exactly what we wanted.”
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