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Double Fine "optimistic" of regaining Stacking, Costume Quest rights

From THQ's doll queue.

Double Fine has said it is hopeful of regaining the rights to its downloadable gems Costume Quest and Stacking from defunct publisher THQ.

The Tim Schafer-led company still holds the IP for the games, meaning it can make more whenever it chooses (yes please!).

But it currently lacks the distribution rights to Costume Quest and Stacking on consoles - and the money from each sale. The company handled PC publishing duties for the games itself.

The rights will be up for grabs in a new sale of THQ assets, to take place on 1st April.

Everything not sold in the publisher's earlier auction will again go under the hammer - including well-known franchises Darksiders and Red Faction.

"THQ retained limited distribution rights that we bid on during the previous process to reclaim them prior to their expiration," Double Fine's vice president Justin Bailey told Polygon.

"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."

Struggling publisher THQ filed for bankruptcy at the end of last year after a prolonged period of financial woes.