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THQ locks on Darksiders, Metro and Saints Row for FY13

Thursday, 24th May 2012 09:44 GMT By Brenna Hillier

THQ fell into a hole last year, betting heavily on an HD uDraw peripheral, and is still feeling the burn. But Bilson’s core strategy remains strong, and the publisher has plenty to look forward to in the coming two years.

Like many publishers, THQ is playing a low-risk game as we approach a hardware transition. The financially troubled company has even more reason to be cagey than its more stable rivals, but with a strong line-up of good IP and strong relationships with next-gen hardware manufacturers, it should keep fans satisfied through a well-spaced two years.

As we’ve said previously, THQ’s two-pronged core assault this financial year is based on Darksiders II and Metro: Last Light.

Darksiders II is a safe bet. The original’s quality and success means the sequel has much to live up to, but all indications are that Vigil’s about to knock it out of the park. The developer asked for more time to polish the action-RPG, moving it back into August, where it will be one of the first horsemen of the year-end release season. It’s a good slot and it looks like a great game. Success is likely.

Saints Row: The Third kept THQ’s spirit alive last year, with the game shipping over 4 million. Volition has a stand-alone expansion scheduled for September release, named Enter the Dominatrix. Sometime around the same time, we’ll also see THQ’s latest WWE game, which is yet to be detailed.

In the fourth financial quarter, Metro: Last Light grants us a return trip to post-apocalyptic survival horror. This is a big bet for THQ: be sure to be watching at 4pm UK time today for a spine-tingling live-action teaser.

Sticking with the New Year, Obsidian’s RPG effort South Park: The Stick of Truth is expected in the first quarter of 2013, as is Relic’s long-awaited PC exclusive sequel, Company of Heroes 2.

Going forward, and despite the cancellation of Tomonobu Itagaki’s Devil’s Third, FY 2014 is looking pretty sweet.

Sometime over the next six-to-nine months we ought to hear about what Turtle Rock has in the works.

Vigil’s Dark Millennium Online is less certain; THQ is looking for a publishing partner and has scaled the game back from full MMO to multiplayer RPG.

Guillermo del Toro’s inSane trilogy is expected to make its debut during FY2014, as is whatever former Assassin’s Creed lead Patrice Desilets is up to at THQ Montreal; expect reveals by the end of this year if all goes well, as well as a look at Homefront 2 once the fuss over Crytek’s other shooter, Crysis 3, has died down a bit.

Last Light. Don’t count your chickens just yet, but
this could be a game-changing FPS.

Additionally, THQ has four unannounced titles for FY2014. We have no idea what they might be, although it seems pretty damn certain one is Saints Row 4. During its Q3 financials briefing, THQ confirmed “the majority of all unannounced titles are company-owned IP”. This is opposed to licensed releases, a sphere the company is taking strong steps to exit completely.

Like many publishers, THQ is playing a low-risk game as we approach a hardware transition. The financially troubled company has even more reason to be cagey than its more stable rivals, but with a strong line-up of good IP and strong relationships with next-gen hardware manufacturers (expect plenty of THQ at the Wii U reveal, for starters), it should keep fans satisfied through a well-spaced two years.

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9 Comments

  1. Lord Gremlin

    Well, I do care about Saints Row and Darksiders, glad we’ll see more of them.
    You know, now that THQ had financial troubles it came with a benefit for me. Previously a lot of their stuff were not available on PS store in my country.
    But since their troubles started I’ve seen stuff available and even discounted. Every bad thing is good for someone.

    #1 2 years ago
  2. GrimRita

    Im not really into Metro but Im gonna buy it. Need someone new to play and it supports on of my favourite publishers – THQ, who still believe in the importance of PC gaming with Relic.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. pukem0n

    i like lots of THQ games.

    Saints Row is one of my favourites.
    Dont really care for Darksiders really, but lots of people like it.
    excited for Homefront 2, liked the premise of the first, although execution was slightly off, lets see what crytek does with it.
    and very excited about insane, although we really dont know anything about it.
    and metro last light looks good, will check it out

    and also: Company of Heroes 2 :D

    #3 2 years ago
  4. Patrick Garratt

    Last Light will be awesome, I reckon. Very excited about that.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. GrimRita

    @4 Never played Metro so dont know what to expect from this bad boy. Something new is always good!

    #5 2 years ago
  6. YoungZer0

    Darksiders 2 and Last Light, these are definitely the two games i’m gonna get.

    @5: Should definitely try it, there are few FPS that share its thick atmosphere.

    #6 2 years ago
  7. The_Red

    With games like South Park: The Stick of Truth, Last Light and DS2, I really REALLY hope THQ survives.

    #7 2 years ago
  8. GrimRita

    @6 I will be dont worry. I simply love THQs support to the PC. They have had really bad troubles of late, and they could have closed down Relic but didnt after CoH online fell flat.

    Im just counting the days until GW2 comes out(then CoH 2) so this will fit in nicely

    #8 2 years ago
  9. xxJPRACERxx

    Metro is today’s deal on steam at $4.99. 75% off.

    #9 2 years ago

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