Many rumours have been flying around over the past couple of weeks regarding the financial state of THQ. These rumours included the complete cancellation of their fiscal 2014 release schedule and the possibility of the company being sold. However, THQ has now released their Q3 Fiscal 2012 financial results, confirming that the fiscal 2014 schedule is very much still on track. Amongst the other details of note are a change in business direction, new release windows for a couple of games and, unfortunately, a couple of delays.
In news that may be welcome to the more 'hardcore' gamers, but not to those with families, THQ is withdrawing from development of titles based on kids' licences. Sales in the "kids, family and casual" categories were much weaker than anticipated, so the publisher has chosen to focus on "premium core and fighting" franchises. In other similar news, the company is also withdrawing development of the uDraw with no future plans to manufacture the peripheral. Despite the peripheral being a success on the Wii, uDraw performed poorly on the Xbox 360 and PS3.
What exactly are THQ planning with their pledge to focus on "premium core and fighting" franchises? Well, here is their release schedule for Fiscal Year 2013, which starts in April 2012 and ends in March 2013. The most notable news is a more specific release window for Darksiders II
and South Park: The Stick of Truth (Xbox 360)
, as well as a delay for Metro: Last Light
. We also have confirmation of another wrestling game (not that it is a huge surprise) and http://www.trueachievements.com/Devils-Third/achievemen....htm
finally gets its first mention since E3 2010.
• UFC Undisputed 3
- February 14th in North America
• Darksiders II
- June 2012
• South Park: The Stick of Truth (Xbox 360)
- Q4 2012
• Currently unannounced "Annual WWE
game" - Q4 2012
• Metro: Last Light
- Q1 2013
- Q1 2013
and Volition's inSane
are confirmed to be released during the Fiscal Year 2014 period. Turtle Rock Studios, best known for their work in the Left 4 Dead
IPs, is working on an original title for release during this period too, although platforms are yet to be confirmed. Finally, Assassin's Creed
and Assassin's Creed II (Xbox 360)
creative director Patrice Désilets is creating an original title at THQ's studio in Montreal. Platforms are not confirmed for this title either.
As well as the above titles, THQ has confirmed that there are two more unannounced core titles to be released in the Fiscal Year 2013 period; these do not include the unannounced wrestling title listed above. The Fiscal Year 2014 period also contains four unannounced core titles. The majority of these are "company-owned IP"; reading between the lines it sounds like some THQ properties are set to receive sequels. Let the speculation begin!