THQ “a little too late” to capitalise on “bonafide hit” Metro 2033

Monday, 6th August 2012 06:53 GMT By Brenna Hillier

THQ won’t make the same mistake twice, Metro franchise communications head Huw Beynon has said; the publisher is now taking 4A Games’ post-apocalyptic series very seriously.

“I think we said last time around, on Metro 2033, that THQ came to realise a little too late, that it had this unpolished gem on its hands,” Beynon told Ausgamers

“And for whatever reason, that meant that the first game didn’t quite get the production support from THQ that could have raised the polish and quality level a little bit. It obviously didn’t get the lasting support at the same time, but despite that, it went on to become a significant success – it’s referred to as a cult-hit still. But we sailed past a million sales on PC alone, so I think we can stop calling it that, and actually call it a bonafide hit.”

Whatever made THQ overlook the first game’s potential, it’s changed it mind for sequel Metro: Last Light.

“This time around, they were aware of what the potential could be, so we’ve seen that extra support, both in terms of focus from them in assisting production – generously giving the studio a little more time to get the quality that we needed,” Beynon noted.

“Given THQ’s situation, that was obviously a big decision, but I think one that’s going to pay off.”

The publisher’s marketing muscle has been helpful, too; Beynon said a live-action trailer put together by THQ had been “hugely important” as it has “catapulted the game back into the public consciousness”.

Metro: Last Light arrives on PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 in early 2013.



  1. Mineral4r7s

    ofc THQ does. They got numbers now. Raw numbers then can chew on.

    But from what I have seen so far from Lastlight doesnt really makes me happy. Looks too generic action shooter like. Bigger weapons, more weapons… Thats not really what made the first game great.

    just my humble opinion.

    #1 2 years ago
  2. noherczeg

    They have pointed out lotsa minor elements which the game offers to you. Dunno if which one is a new one, and which on was in the first too, but it’s not going to be that generic as you mention imho.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. DSB

    Last Light looks pretty much exactly like the first game.

    It’s great stuff though, I hope they really bring it to people this time. 2033 deserved a lot better than it got. Hopefully Rubin is keeping his eye on the ball.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. sh4dow

    THQ is actually the reason i won’t be buying “last light”. i won’t touch anything that says “THQ” on it.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. hermangamer

    My experience with THQ is EXACTLY the opposite, I don’t buy many games but it if says THQ on it then I am sure it will have some redeeming quality.

    DISCLAIMER: I am a PC Gamer so can only speak to what THQ actually ports to PC, which in most cases already passes console gamer approval. =)

    #5 2 years ago

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