Battered and bruised publisher THQ has placed its assets under the auction hammer but South Park Digital Studios claims selling off its own IP is a step too far.
Following the publisher’s move to file for bankruptcy, its various projects have been jettisoned and sold to the highest bidder, which includes South Park: The Stick of Truth, a much anticipated comedy-RPG.
However, according to a legal filings (via Develop), the creators of the comedy show aren’t too happy about this move, filing an objection claiming that under their agreement they have the right reclaim the game for the cost of development.
Additionally, South Park Digital Studios claims that the company still owes them $2,275,000 and that, as the IP licensor, THQ requires their agreement for any sale.
Attempting to regain the lead in the legal tango, THQ replied that it had secured exclusive rights to the game and that no such agreements were necessary.
In reference to the studio’s claim that THQ owes them money, the publisher’s legal papers state that the company is looking into the matter and “anticipates working with South Park to resolve this issue”.
South Park: The Stick of Truth was touted as providing the “definitive” South Park experience, with a story written and voiced by Trey Parker and Matt Stone, and featuring well-known character such as Stan, Kyle, Cartman and Kenny.