During their 12 minute financial call, THQ announced some delays to various games expected for release next year, the first being South Park: The Stick of Truth, which is now planned for a worldwide launch in early 2014, previously due for March 4th 2013.
Alongside it they will also be delaying the expected March 2013 release date for Company of Heroes 2 and Metro: Last Light (which I am extremely disappointed about) as what they call “later than initially planned”.
If I’m honest its defiantly an expected move by the publisher as they do tend to delay more or less everything they create.
THQ’s President, Jason Rubin tried to explain the delays during the call with the following:
“Our fourth quarter releases are the first titles that I have had the ability to materially impact, and experience told me that the games needed additional development time to be market-ready.
“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. 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.”
“We are also inspired by the potential for Metro: Last Light and Company of Heroes 2. I believe Metro: Last Light is a title that should set standards for visuals with its stunning atmosphere, unique location and cutting-edge style. 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.”
After which he went on to mention that they are also excited for various other games they have in the pipeline including the sequel to Saints Row: The Third, Homefront 2 and an unannounced game from Turtle Rock Studios, with ten titles in development for fiscal 2014 and later.
The only problem is, I’m not too sure THQ have figured out what they are going to do during the fiscal year of 2013 with no titles to actually release, I can see the publisher getting forgot about pretty quickly.