Metro: Last Light Digital Pre-Order Yanked Over THQ Woes

Metro: Last Light Digital Pre-Order Yanked Over THQ Woes

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THQ's upcoming titles face questionable futures.

With THQ waist-deep in financial trouble, the future of the highly anticipated Metro: Last Light seems uncertain. Or, at least uncertain enough to prompt GameStop to remove the pre-order option from its digital distribution system, Impulse. For now, the physical version of the game remains available to pre-order on the retailer's main website.

"Essentially, due to THQ's current financial situation and uncertainty of delivery, in order to protect our consumers we removed the ability to pre-purchase that specific game," a GameStop representative told GameSpot.

THQ's financial woes have been well publicized as of late, and a bankruptcy auction is tentatively scheduled for January 22. On that date, each of THQ's individual properties will be auctioned off in a piecemeal fashion, allowing other companies to snap up the IPs they desire. This, of course, leaves the upcoming release of Metro: Last Light in question, as well as other scheduled titles like South Park: The Stick of Truth.

Source: GameSpot

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I hope Metro and Stick of Truth go to a good home.

I though that it was just around the corner and they would defiantly get Last Light finished?

MikeWehner:
This, of course, leaves the upcoming release of Metro: Last Light in question, as well as other scheduled titles like South Park: The Stick of Truth.

NO! Don't you dare take those away from us, do you hear me?!
I do hope someone will buy those IPs and let the devs finish their work, but since several companies have already voiced their interest I'm sure well get those games sooner or later.

DVS BSTrD:
I hope Metro and Stick of Truth go to a good home.

Mojo:

MikeWehner:
This, of course, leaves the upcoming release of Metro: Last Light in question, as well as other scheduled titles like South Park: The Stick of Truth.

NO! Don't you dare take those away from us, do you hear me?!
I do hope someone will buy those IPs and let the devs finish their work, but since several companies have already voiced their interest I'm sure well get those games sooner or later.

You're preaching to the choir, folks. These are two of my most anticipated games of 2013. Not to mention the possible future of the Red Faction franchise (which I adore) also hangs in the balance. I'm wringing my hands in the hopes that this all turns out OK.

as long as these games are close to release at point of sale, and the purchasing entity does not have to invest "too large" an amount to finish, and release then they should see a street release.

option 2: they are purchased by entity2 who will turn around, and release it immediately investing no additional funds beyond printing/packaging, and putting them to market.

because each of these options is equally probable from a business perspective (assuming that those games are in at least playable states) GameStop is less saying "we will not accept pre-orders for these games" and more saying "we don't know if the release date we were given (if any) will be factual after THQ is auctioned" so I can see valid reason for GameStops move, and would agree with it. I do hope that the purchasing entity allows for the dev teams to finish their work, and doesn't do secret option3 (perform a full evaluation of the title's features/story/mechanics and possibly send it back to the drawing board, or liquidate current work, and hold the IP for other games)

MikeWehner:

You're preaching to the choir, folks. These are two of my most anticipated games of 2013. Not to mention the possible future of the Red Faction franchise (which I adore) also hangs in the balance. I'm wringing my hands in the hopes that this all turns out OK.

Not to mention Saints Row. And Company of Heroes. And Dawn of War. Or really, anything W40k.

Wow. This is depressing.

Mojo:

MikeWehner:
This, of course, leaves the upcoming release of Metro: Last Light in question, as well as other scheduled titles like South Park: The Stick of Truth.

NO! Don't you dare take those away from us, do you hear me?!
I do hope someone will buy those IPs and let the devs finish their work, but since several companies have already voiced their interest I'm sure well get those games sooner or later.

The thing is, I can't imagine that there's much work left to be done, at least in South Park's case. When I first saw the Kickstarter for Project Infinity, I figured that was Obsidian inadvertently saying "Okay, work's all done with South Park, now it's time to move onto another title. Maybe we don't have to go publisher shopping this time?"

I know that's totally speculative, but with their size and resources I can't imagine why they would look to get a new title off the ground with Kickstarter if South Park wasn't totally behind them from a developmental standpoint. Metro may not be as done, I know publishers are apt to offer pre-orders for titles that aren't in a playable state yet.

It's just Gamestop, it's still on Steam. It's still coming out. It won't die like STALKER did, oh no.

*he says to himself, rocking back and forth in the fetal position*

MikeWehner:

DVS BSTrD:
I hope Metro and Stick of Truth go to a good home.

Mojo:

MikeWehner:
This, of course, leaves the upcoming release of Metro: Last Light in question, as well as other scheduled titles like South Park: The Stick of Truth.

NO! Don't you dare take those away from us, do you hear me?!
I do hope someone will buy those IPs and let the devs finish their work, but since several companies have already voiced their interest I'm sure well get those games sooner or later.

You're preaching to the choir, folks. These are two of my most anticipated games of 2013. Not to mention the possible future of the Red Faction franchise (which I adore) also hangs in the balance. I'm wringing my hands in the hopes that this all turns out OK.

I wouldn't worry about South Park. It's developed by Obsidian and owned by Matt and Trey, so it should be fine. At worst they'll probably just have to find a new publisher for distribution.

I'd be stunned if no one picked up Metro to be honest. It's so late into development it'd surely be a bargain.

I'm guessing 2K go for Metro, Activision go for Saints Row and EA go for Warhammer.

MikeWehner:
...Not to mention the possible future of the Red Faction franchise (which I adore) also hangs in the balance. I'm wringing my hands in the hopes that this all turns out OK.

As long as they do not reduce a main mechanic in the last game to a one-time sideshow thing like they did with the destruct-able environments between the original and the sequel then they should do just fine.

I myself remember that the most fun I had with the original game's demo was going to the glasshouse and seeing how far I could tunnel before hitting the edge of the map. I was SERIOUSLY PO'd that the thing which enabled that was almost completely removed in the sequel

Back on topic: If they resort to giveaways in order to generate sales then you know that they are in strife

THQ were one of the few publishers that actually had developers in the big seats who knew when they needed to let their dev teams do their work and not try to make their games more marketable to EVERYONE.

It's a shame that the moron of a director wanted the UDraw idea which was so obviously horrible was good; it still baffles me they weren't possessed when they thought it up.

MikeWehner:
Not to mention the possible future of the Red Faction franchise (which I adore) also hangs in the balance.

Sorry mate, but THQ already cancelled the franchise a couple of years ago.

http://www.escapistmagazine.com/news/view/111939-THQ-Kills-Red-Faction

jackpipsam:

MikeWehner:
Not to mention the possible future of the Red Faction franchise (which I adore) also hangs in the balance.

Sorry mate, but THQ already cancelled the franchise a couple of years ago.

http://www.escapistmagazine.com/news/view/111939-THQ-Kills-Red-Faction

I'm aware of that statement, but they *do* own it. Telling investors you're not going to release a sequel to the last title doesn't mean we'll never see it again. Reboots happen all the time :D

Am I in denial? Perhaps. DON'T RUIN MY FANTASY

CardinalPiggles:
I'd be stunned if no one picked up Metro to be honest. It's so late into development it'd surely be a bargain.

I'm guessing 2K go for Metro, Activision go for Saints Row and EA go for Warhammer.

I doubt EA will get the 40k IP, as they have done jack with Warhammer one.

 

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