During THQ’s recent investor report the publisher announced that revenue for the three months ending March 2012 (and for financial year 2012 overall) was up, but net losses for the quarter increased by nearly $10 million compared to the year previous – all of which is good (and better than expected) news for the ailing company.
Revenue and losses weren’t the real story of THQ’s meeting, however, as a delay for Obsidian’s South Park: The Game RPG was also announced, while the planned 2013 action title from Tomonobu Itagaki (Ninja Gaiden, Dead or Alive), Devil’s Third, will likely be sold to another publisher to help bring it to market.
South Park: The Game is currently in development at RPG masters Obsidian Entertainment (Knights of the Old Republic 2, Neverwinter Nights 2) and was due for release sometime in 2012, but with THQ’s determined approach to release games of only the highest calibre to ensure sales success, this title has been delayed into 2013.
Additionally, the intriguing (but still mysterious) action game from developer Valhalla Games and Itagaki, Devil’s Third, apparently no longer “fits THQ’s profile” and due to unforeseen expenses associated with the project, the publisher is looking to bring the game to market through a third-party or with the help of an external financial partner.
According to THQ president and CEO Brian Farrell, the publisher is working with Itagaki to ensure Devil’s Third is released, albeit well after its intended release window of early 2013.
It’s not all bleak news from THQ today, however, as it was revealed that Saint’s Row: The Third has shipped 4.25 million units since release, globally, while WWE 12 has seen 2.2 million units shipped. UFC Undisputed 3, meanwhile, has shipped 1.4 million units.
Here’s the release schedule for THQ’s upcoming games:
- Darksiders II ‒ August 2012
- Saints Row: The Third ‒ Enter The Dominatrix ‒ September 2012
- Annual WWE Game ‒ Q3 FY13
- Company of Heroes 2- Q4 FY13
- Metro: Last Light ‒ Q4 FY13
- South Park: The Game ‒ Q4 FY13
Also, if you thought THQ had forgotten about its currently-in-development inSANE (from director Guillermo del Toro and Volition), the shooter from Turtle Rock and the title from Patrice Desilets (Assassin’s Creed co-creator), all of these games were mentioned and are said to still be underway.