THQ “really” wants to publish more Double Fine games, but money’s the deciding factor

Thursday, 13th January 2011 05:54 GMT By Nathan Grayson


THQ may be doing its darndest to turn over a new leaf, but unfortunately a “new strategic and creative vision” isn’t free.

“I really wanna do a lot more with Tim [Schafer]. I’ve always been a huge Tim fan. Grim Fandango to me is one of the greatest works of art in gaming,” THQ Core Games boss Danny Bilson told Joystiq.

Despite that, however, THQ’s current deal with Tim Schafer’s diabolical laugh-engineering facility only covers Costume Quest and Stacking – two of Double Fine’s four planned downloadable games.

“There’s a few more that I’ve identified, but I haven’t made those deals yet,” Bilson continued. “We’ve gotta get some hits rolling so I have more money to spend, to be honest with you.”

Now take a look at that fresh new paycheck just waiting to be cashed. Ask yourself, who needs it more? Your boring old family or Tim Schafer? Did your family make Psychonauts? There. We just answered the question for you.



  1. BULArmy

    Schafer is an idoit. He says on PC you can not generate any profit so he is developing only on consoles. But Brutal Legend and both his two downloadable games suffer too much for that they must have an publisher. Independant games can sell very well on PC and he don’t need a publisher to put them on Steam, Impulse or D2D. I don’t know why he is not acknowledge this…

    #1 4 years ago
  2. ududy

    Don’t be a dick. It was never Schafer’s decision not to publish on the PC Platform. He clearly indicated that it’s a matter of getting the green light from the publishers. Double Fine is a relatively big studio for indies, he can’t just have it running for months on pizza and optimism – he needs publishers’ money to keep operating.

    As for working on independent, exclusive PC titles without a publishing partner, he may do that when the studio’s future is guaranteed.

    #2 4 years ago
  3. NeoSquall

    Tim had more chances to realease his games on PC when he was with Activision.
    Sadly Activision/Blizzard is made of money and idiots.

    #3 4 years ago

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