THQ Delays South Park, Company of Heroes 2 and Metro: Last Light

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THQ Delays South Park, Company of Heroes 2 and Metro: Last Light

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Chances are if you were interested in a game THQ was publishing this year, it was pushed back.

The California-based games publisher THQ hasn't exactly been going strong the last few years. Sure, THQ scored a modest hit with Saints Row: The Third in 2011 and Darksiders II this year, but the uDraw fiasco and disappointing sales with Red Faction: Armageddon and Homefront threatened to submarine the value of its stock and make the company insolvent. Just when THQ seemed to bounce back - growing to $146 million in net sales reported last quarter - three of THQ's most anticipated games will slip later into 2013 and perhaps beyond.

South Park: The Stick of Truth, the Obsidian-developed RPG was supposed to release on March 3, 2013 but THQ delayed it to "early fiscal 2014." Given that THQ's fiscal year begins in April, we may not see the South Park game until next summer.

"I believe South Park's market opportunity is significant. It is shaping up to be one of the most anticipated titles of calendar 2013. It is also an expansive title, encompassing multiple television seasons' worth of content," said Jason Rubin, the President at THQ, in a press release. "We have been working closely with the co-creators of South Park, Matt Stone and Trey Parker, to make sure all of the game's content performs to the high standards of the TV show, and this takes time. THQ is committed to giving gamers no less than the rich South Park game they have been waiting for and deserve."

Also delayed are two sequels: the eerie shooter Metro: Last Light and the RTS Company of Heroes 2. Both games were also slated to come out in March 2013, but the only detail we have on the release now is sometime next year.

"I believe Metro: Last Light is a title that should set standards for visuals with its stunning atmosphere, unique location and cutting-edge style," Rubin continued. "Company of Heroes was one of the highest rated RTS titles in history, and Relic insists that the sequel live up to its pedigree. Giving both of these titles time to reach their full potential is the right thing to do for the products."

I respect THQ's commitment to making excellent games. Given its recent track record, the next few games coming from the publisher could make or break the whole enterprise so I understand Rubin's reluctance to ship games of poor quality just to meet our expectations.

But if you're a fan of any of these games, it's hard to read this news without a heartfelt sigh. "Well, shit..."

Source: THQ

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Damn, I was really looking forward to The Stick of Truth. 2014 seems like a long time. Id rather have a great game in 2014 then a half baked on next year though. Same goes for CoH and the new Metro as well. Those great games deserve a great sequel.

They're giving Relic more time to complete the game? That would have been nice last year, instead of laying off most of the senior staff and dropping all support for Retribution and Spess Mahreen.

I kinda want to cry that Last Light and CoH are being pushed back, but if thats what they need to do to get a sexy polish on them, so be it.

Well, Last Light has two things going against it: It's an easy type of game to get utterly wrong, and it's got the expectation of outdoing the first game (which was practically a sleeper hit, relatively speaking). So I'm going to give THQ the benefit of the doubt and hope (beyond hope, maybe, but I can't always be a cynic) that this will make for an even better game upon release.

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I understand and respect their decision...but it still hurts. Hopefully it adds some polish to the games and helps THQ take a few steps in the right direction. I was really looking forward to Metro: Last Light, but eh, what are you gonna do?

...but still, 20414?!?

You know who's fault this really is right?
Canada.

huh interesting, a publisher giving time to polish games!

still, will be sweet to see come next year when these games come out, definitely want to check out that south park game.

DVS BSTrD:
You know who's fault this really is right?
Canada.

Relic is Canadian. You might be onto something there.......

Expect these games to be released by a differnt publisher after THQ goes bust.

They just posted for the quarter ending 30th september 2012

Net Loss - GAAP $21 million

Net Loss - Non-GAAP $12.1 million

Mojo_22:
Damn, I was really looking forward to The Stick of Truth. 2014 seems like a long time. Id rather have a great game in 2014 then a half baked on next year though. Same goes for CoH and the new Metro as well. Those great games deserve a great sequel.

Just FYI, but "Early Fiscal 2014" still means like Summer 2013 so its not as long a delay as you might think. Still sucks though but that's okay. Bioshock Infinite will keep me occupied. Not to mention my gigantiic backlog of games that only seems to grow larger over time...

2014?!?! Man, I had the money put away for South Park. I was ready to break all my tenets and get the ultra-collector's edition, whatever pre-order stupid items they were offering, and all the DLC. I mean, Obsidian's working on project eternity...so they were done with this, right? I reeealy hope this isn't continually pushed back into vaporware. Please stop hating money.

Oh, and Metro 2033 was a gorgeous experience on the PC, and I had my eyes open for a more polished sequel. Dammit.

To be honest I'm glad to hear about Metro: Last Light and Company of Heroes 2. I don't mind waiting a bit longer knowing that they will be given more time to make them even better.

Ugh... I hope this doesn't mean that games like Darksiders 3 may be left in development hell indefinatly. I mean if Stick of Truth is gonna be pushed back a few years, development of new games may take even longer. I'd just hate to see the series unresolved.

Overall though, that whole Udraw thing really bit THQ hard, hopefully they can recover, in this economy so many ships are sinking.

Hey look.. a company made 5 games.. the two shitty, COD wannabes flopped along with the kids toy game. The other two, which had some originality and personality to them, didn't. Maybe this should be a learning experience.

Alternative headline: "THQ Delays Taking Money From My Wallet."

I am in complete support of giving Obsidian more time to finish a game rather that the more traditional less time.

Why do I read this to mean "we've had our market analysts go over our games compared to other games, and we're stopping to take extra time to make sure we including the following successful features: fast moving zombies, slow moving zombies, mutated monstrosity zombies, online-only single player, a multi-player leveling system with rank based unlocks, titles more accommodating to an endless stream of vanity item DLC but no actual content, and a real money auction house."

Aw come on, I'm not fond of survival shooters to the South Park RPG looked pretty cool. I though friggen CoH2 was coming out in January (nice try Amazon). Bloody hell THQ, get it together.

I appreciate the sentiment that some of the games needed more time anyway but I find that hard to swallow in the case of CoH2; name a Relic game that was crappy at launch... that's what I thought.

I'm all for developers delaying games to make the product better. It's just concerning given their fiscal crisis.

Captcha: Up or down

no one knows Captcha, no one knows....

THQ must me moneyphobic...

*looks it up*

They all have chrematophobia!

Also "the high standards of the TV show" - this IS Southpark? Right? It may be several things but I'm sure 'high quality' isn't one of them.

Considering the tried-and-true result of games that get delayed by Valve time, I've no objections. Get the games out when you're ready, I'll be waiting.

I was looking forward to all of those titles. This saddens me. If it results in better games, then yay. But still... :(

Oh come on I was really looking forward to CoH2 oh well at least I'll have a little more time to upgrade my computer.

According to what I've read, fiscal year 2014 begins on April 1, 2013. So these games are certainly not delayed until 2014 yet. The THQ president referred to South Park as "one of the most anticipated titles of calendar year 2013," so I think it's safe to say that we'll see South Park, at the very least, before 2013 is out.

Delays are unfortunate, and I am very much looking forward to South Park, but I'll take the positives I can get out of this development. I now have more time to play Bioshock Infinite and Pikmin 3 before South Park comes out! That will probably be good for my wallet and time...

Actually Last Light is still slated for a march release according to their twitter account. As for the rest... well shit.

Giving more time for Obsidian (for bug testing) and Relic (for balancing) is always a good thing.

bummer for every one looking forward to those i guess.

long as the games turn out better then it'll be worth it, i guess o.o. i'm not looking forward to anything under THQs banner till the next Darksiders or 40k game

I have no problem with pushing back titles for polish, good call THQ. Perhaps the feedback Relic got from the CoH 2 players was less than positive. I've heard good things but it's their call.

TheEndlessGrey:
Why do I read this to mean "we've had our market analysts go over our games compared to other games, and we're stopping to take extra time to make sure we including the following successful features: fast moving zombies, slow moving zombies, mutated monstrosity zombies, online-only single player, a multi-player leveling system with rank based unlocks, titles more accommodating to an endless stream of vanity item DLC but no actual content, and a real money auction house."

I think your confused this is THQ not Blizzard.

OT: A publisher that want to give "more" time to a developer amazing. now only if they can get a calender that the rest of the world uses.

dragongit:

Overall though, that whole Udraw thing really bit THQ hard, hopefully they can recover, in this economy so many ships are sinking.

Personally, I'm kind of ambivalent, but it would serve them right if they fail at this point.

Zachary Amaranth:

dragongit:

Overall though, that whole Udraw thing really bit THQ hard, hopefully they can recover, in this economy so many ships are sinking.

Personally, I'm kind of ambivalent, but it would serve them right if they fail at this point.

Serve who right? A couple of executives who pushed out a poor peripheral that failed to meet expectations, so the company would be closed off and hundreds (who may have had absolutely no involvement) left without a job? Serve them right?

dragongit:

Serve who right? A couple of executives who pushed out a poor peripheral that failed to meet expectations, so the company would be closed off and hundreds (who may have had absolutely no involvement) left without a job? Serve them right?

Ah, the GOP platform. Spare the executives because it might hurt jobs.

Hopefully they can survive long enough to release Saints Row 4 a make it great game, even though I loved SR3 there was several things that could have been done better

gardian06:

TheEndlessGrey:
Why do I read this to mean "we've had our market analysts go over our games compared to other games, and we're stopping to take extra time to make sure we including the following successful features: fast moving zombies, slow moving zombies, mutated monstrosity zombies, online-only single player, a multi-player leveling system with rank based unlocks, titles more accommodating to an endless stream of vanity item DLC but no actual content, and a real money auction house."

I think your confused this is THQ not Blizzard.

OT: A publisher that want to give "more" time to a developer amazing. now only if they can get a calender that the rest of the world uses.

That was really a laundry list of offenses from a range of games and platforms, but whatever. The point I was going for is that I see THQ sealing their own fate by trying to squeeze every dime out of their upcoming games, and screwing things up in the process. More time is great, if it truly is polish time and not How Can We Further Monetize This time. Call me cynical, but I am not overly hopeful that the extra time will be used the right way.

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