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THQ shares drop by almost 50% amid bankruptcy fears

Tuesday, 6 November 2012 17:37 GMT By Dave Cook

THQ posted its financial report last night, suggesting that all was not well at the Californian publisher. Aside from stating losses of $21 million, the company also announced delays of Company of Heroes 2, Metro: Last Light and South Park. The move has made investors nervous.

Reuters reports that THQ’s stock has plummeted due to the ‘let down’ of Darksiders 2, reports of proposed lay-offs and the hiring of financial firm Centreview Partners in an attempt to dig the company back from the brink.

The site states that today’s share drop of 46% marks THQ’s biggest single-day loss in years, and comes as the publisher has ceased to accept any further questions on its current financial situation.

Part of the issue – the site explains – comes from the failure of Vigil Game’s sequel Darksiders 2 to turn a profit. It has sold 1.4 million units since launch, but needed at least 2 million to break even. The shortcomings, along with a wealth of other issues has resulted in THQ’s stock falling to $1.59 per share at the time of writing.

Meanwhile, Wedbush Morgan analyst Michael Pachter has predicted that THQ will see sale or bankruptcy as a result of its loss, stating “Should its financial position continue to deteriorate, we expect THQ to raise financing through an equity sale that could lead to dilution of existing shareholders.

“We expect creditors to be asked to renegotiate terms at a discount; if they are unwilling, bankruptcy is possible. Although THQ has been able to lower its cost structure through layoffs and a streamlined release slate in order to temporarily improve profitability, it is unlikely to return to profitability unless its revenues once again begin to grow.”

What do you make of THQ’s financial situation? Can it be saved? Let us know what you think below.

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28 Comments

  1. wowtgp

    I think THQ has lost the battle now.Do you think they can survive?

    #1 3 years ago
  2. ManuOtaku

    Daarksiders 2 just improve everything compare with darksiders, i started playing it the past weekend on my ps3, and it is a great game overall, and they add the loot incentive to make a round product more rounder product, well words cannot said what iam feeling right now reading this news about THQ, i hope this doenst mean no more darksiders and the collapse of this publisher, they have great interesting IP,s, i like all their games, and i wait with great anticipation the south park game.

    #2 3 years ago
  3. Dragon246

    They are potentially looking for a partner to bail them out. I hope they can stay alive, but if they cant, I just don’t want EA or Acti to buy them.

    #3 3 years ago
  4. Night Hunter

    They just can’t catch a break, can they?

    #4 3 years ago
  5. SplatteredHouse

    @2: I’m surprised at the amount of comments I have seen today blaming and kicking Darksiders 2. What more did people want from Vigil? :( The most irritating, though, is that many of the comments will be from people raring to sign the enrollment form in a couple of weeks, that had scant interest in DS to begin with…

    @3: problem there is that investors need something to invest in. They expect/anticipate a return. I just saw a piece from a Pachter report on them where he said “You cannot save your way to prosperity.” and “We do not believe THQ is investable for most institutions.”

    #5 3 years ago
  6. DeyDoDoughDontDeyDough

    This makes me very sad.

    #6 3 years ago
  7. Dragon246

    @5
    The IPs.

    #7 3 years ago
  8. jacobvandy

    @7 And the development studios themselves. HOWEVER, neither of those are reasons for people to come and throw money at the problem in order to save THQ, the publisher. They’d rather let them be crushed under all that debt, then come around later to pick up the pieces for pennies on the dollar. Good news for gamers is that all the big games currently in the works there will most likely come out unscathed, but the bad news for gamers is that’ll be one less major publisher out there. The EA, Activision, Ubisofts, etc. are in great positions to absorb some Company of Heroes or Vigil Games or whatever else.

    #8 3 years ago
  9. Hunam

    There goes my hopes of Homeworld 3.

    #9 3 years ago
  10. Dragon246

    @8
    “Good news for gamers is that all the big games currently in the works there will most likely come out unscathed”
    We don’t know that now with certainty.

    #10 3 years ago
  11. silkvg247

    Just goes to shows that genuinely good IP and solid gameplay experiences aren’t the way to make money any more.

    Roll on COD6 and FIFA 2013. The future of gaming apparently.

    #11 3 years ago
  12. Phoenixblight

    @11

    THat has nothing to do with it. It just shows bad mangement create horrible consequences. You need good business sense along with a great team of developers. THQ only has a handful of developers and they are mediocre at best as far as sells and games go. THQ just thought it was a good idea to buy a shit load of studios and throw what money they had at them and just wait for the money to come in.

    #12 3 years ago
  13. Ali

    What’s the point of surviving if it only means more useless struggle. They are just in a very bad situation and it appears that their last man standing plans aren’t really working.

    If only they were hit in a year where they have a Saint’s Row game ready, they could have survived but I am not really sure now. That’s sad actually, I have always been a fan of THQ.

    #13 3 years ago
  14. OlderGamer

    @silk +1

    #14 3 years ago
  15. MegaGeek1

    What a bummer year 2012 has been for me personally. First 38 studios goes tits up and it looks like we will never see another Kingdom of Amalur game (which I loved), then Joe Mad peaces out from Vigil (one of the big reasons I even took notice of DS) and THQ looks like it will go bankrupt. I dont care who buys these IPs, a good game is a good game.

    #15 3 years ago
  16. jacobvandy

    @10 The ones that they’ve been hyping up already — including Company of Heroes 2, Metro Last Light, South Park, and maybe even Saints Row 4 (which has grown from an expansion pack for The Third) — uh, yeah, that IS pretty much a certainty. Those are so close to done that, even if THQ closed up shop tomorrow, it would be super easy for someone else to buy and publish them.

    It would be a similar situation to what happened with True Crime: Hong Kong AKA Sleeping Dogs, except they probably wouldn’t even have to put in the effort of switching intellectual property. They would likely have further delays, sure, but near-complete AAA games based on established franchises, for CHEAP, are way too juicy to pass up in this free market.

    Hell, if worst comes to worst, say nobody wants to pick up and push out COH 2 because it’s a PC-only RTS, I could see Relic doing a Kickstarter drive and raising a million bucks or two so that they could finish it up themselves.

    #16 3 years ago
  17. Dodg3r

    It’s really a shame. I liked Darksiders 2 for the most part. So Darksiders 3 +4 probably won’t happen, which means the whole series ends with a cliffhanger :/

    #17 3 years ago
  18. AmiralPatate

    Homefront failed miserably (which in my opinion is the only thing Homefront deserves) after they put so much money into it. uDraw was also a massive, costly failure. They dropped their franchises one after the other, like Red Faction or UFC. Darksiders II is just another failure.

    Their one big franchise left is Saints Row, and it’s nowhere near GTA in term of sales. They are screwed.

    #18 3 years ago
  19. Khan979

    It really will be a shame if they close up and no other company picks them up. I really enjoyed several of their games ( Metro, Darksiders 1+2, SR the third). Darksiders would be the most missed for me and one heck of a story not to be finished.

    #19 3 years ago
  20. LuLshuck

    I see bethesda publishing metro

    #20 3 years ago
  21. Telepathic.Geometry

    @11: Yeah, gaming mainstream is going to become the all, and the little gems are just gonna disappear, or take a massive dive in quality, because the userbase apparently isn’t there. I’d have thought that there was at least 2 million gamers brought up in the Zelda era who’d have bought this game, at least!

    #21 3 years ago
  22. El_MUERkO

    I dream of Relic leaving THQ and Kickstarting a Homeworld sequel.

    #22 3 years ago
  23. Hunam

    @22

    Except to do that, they’d probably still have to let go of most of their staff. 3 Mill wont keep a studio of that size going for too long alone.

    #23 3 years ago
  24. Digital Bamboo

    What a kick in the dick. I’m extremely interested in playing Darksiders 1 & 2, just haven’t got around to picking them up yet.

    Company of Heroes is at the top of my list for wanted PC games, & I’m defiantly planning on buying the South Park game.

    What a bloodthirsty industry, only the great whites survive.

    #24 2 years ago
  25. roadkill

    @11 I always said that those gamers are going to destroying the industry. Looks like I was right.. This is only the beginning.

    #25 2 years ago
  26. silkvg247

    I wonder if we could change this somehow? We being a collective gaming community. I mean if we were to somehow make a “save THQ” campaign across the magic interweb encouraging people to buy THQ games would it make a difference? Are they too far down the pipe now?

    I really don’t wanna see these guys go. Sure the managers have made shitty decisions but the designers/developers are the guys making those great games. Surely everyone here is a fan of at least one THQ franchise. For me it’s Warhammer, Saint’s Row and Darksiders. Also looking forwards to South park TSOT.

    #26 2 years ago
  27. DrDamn

    @25
    Them and those nasty pirates eh?

    #27 2 years ago
  28. roadkill

    @27 I’m not so sure about those pirates anymore.

    #28 2 years ago

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  • Side-scrolling cover shooter Not a Hero gets a demo

    Not a Hero, the upcoming game from OlliOlli developer Roll7, has received a demo. The demo for Not a Hero was made available today on Steam. In the game, you play as Steve, the campaign manager for BunnyLord. A time-travelling rabbit who’s running for mayor of London. Think this is an absurd premise? This trailer […]

  • You have until April 30 to export your Green Day: Rock Band tracks to Rock Band 3

    Harmonix has announced that those looking to export their song collection from Green Day: Rock Band into Rock Band 3 can only do so until the end of the month. April 30 will be the cutoff date for anyone who wants to export tracks from Green Day: Rock Band into their Rock Band 3 library, […]

  • Batman: Arkham Knight minimum, recommended, and ultra PC specs revealed

    Batman: Arkham Knight is looking like it’s going to be quite a taxing game. Nvidia has released a list of the minimum, recommended, and ultra PC requirements for Batman: Arkham Knight. Here’s the full thing: Minimum OS: Win 7 SP1, Win 8.1 (64-bit Operating System Required) Processor: Intel Core i5-750, 2.67 GHz | AMD Phenom […]

  • Bloodborne patch 1.03 is live, reduces loading times, fixes suspend/resume bugs, more

    Patch 1.03 is now live for Bloodborne. The patch reduces loading times, adds item descriptions to loading screens, and fixes other various bugs. From Software has pushed update 1.03 live to all Bloodborne owners. As promised, it reduces loading times by approximately 5 to 15 seconds. Another new addition is showing item descriptions instead of […]

  • Battlefield 4: first look at Community Map in action

    Get your first look at the map designed by the community of Battlefield 4. Battlefield 4′s community-designed map is a reality. DICE has recently updated CTE to include an early version of the map. It’s not fully textured as Westie is about to show you, but the layout is nearly finalised. Westie goes over the […]

  • Microsoft apologises for uploading misleading Witcher 3: Wild Hunt footage

    Xbox’s YouTube channel uploaded a video of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt yesterday that was captured from the PC build. The most recent gameplay video for the The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt appeared on the Xbox YouTube channel and showed a quest from the game’s opening section. A few minutes after it had gone live, […]

  • Assassin’s Creed creator’s new game is Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey

    Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey is the game Assassin’s Creed creator Patrice Desilets has been working on. Patrice Desilets has just announced that the next game his indie studio Panache Digital Games is making is called Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey. The announcement comes from Desilets’s keynote at the Reboot Develop event in Croatia. The trailer started […]

  • Bloodborne: Cathedral Ward closed door mystery solved

    The mystery of the locked door at the bottom of the Cathedral Ward in Bloodborne has been solved. Bloodborne, like earlier From Software games, is filled with doors that don’t open the first time you try them. Some will give you “locked” messages, others “does not open from this side”. Some of these will open […]

  • Assassin’s Creed creator Patrice Desilets is revealing his next game now [UPDATE: ended]

    Patrice Desilets, one of the original creators of Assassin’s Creed is hosting a presentation where he’s expected to talk about his next project. Patrice Desilets has emerged once again. This time he’s attending development conference in Croatia. Desilets is giving a live keynote and there’s a good chance we’re going to hear about his next […]

  • Destiny House of Wolves: everything you need to know about gear upgrades & The Reef

    Bungie revealed plenty of important details in last night’s Destiny stream. Let’s go over everything. Alex wants to make sure you don’t miss any of the information revealed yesterday. Most of it affects all Destiny players too, even those who don’t intend on buying House of Wolves. During the first stream, Bungie explained the armour […]

  • Mod-friendly Galactic Civilizations 3 will leave Steam Early Access in May

    Galactic Civilizations 3 will leave Steam Early Access next month for a full release, Stardok has announced. The developer called the game the “largest and most diverse strategy sandbox to date,” as players have a variety of tools such as diplomatic treaties to resource exchanges, and United Planets resolutions to hundreds of research directions for […]

  • Ys 6: The Ark of Napishtim is out next week on PC – here’s the pre-order trailer

    Ys 6: The Ark of Napishtim will be released next week on PC, and today, we have a pre-order trailer for you. The game will be made available on April 28 for $19.99/€17.99/£13.99 on GOG, the Humble Store and Steam. Along with improvements over the original PSP version, it will contain less backtracking, controller support […]

  • Destiny: House of Wolves – full gear set up to level 34 in PvP and PvE, upgrades, more

    The Destiny: House of Wolves livestream this afternoon was chock full of information. Read onward for our full report. According to Bungie, Petra Venj, who serves the Queen, is the main story agent who leads the player through the main series of quests. Players who complete bounties will be able to level up in her […]

  • Destiny: House of Wolves – watch the livestream right here

    Bungie will host a Destiny: House of Wolves livestream at 2pm EDT today, and you can watch it right here. Watch live video from Bungie on www.twitch.tv The stream will introduce the new social space, The Reef, as well as gear upgrade paths. House of Wolves contains new Strike missions, The Prison of Elders three-player […]

  • FIFA Ultimate Team: week of April 22 team includes Barcelona, Chelsea players

    This week’s FIFA 15 Team of the Week is now available for FIFA Ultimate Team players. Each team member, as with previous weeks, is selected base on the previous weekend’s matches. Here’s the list of players now available: Starting GK: Claudio Bravo – FC Barcelona (Spain) CB: Leonardo Bonucci – Juventus (Italy) CB: Ömer Toprak […]

  • Sony’s Spring Fever Sale winds down with Shovel Knight and Call of Duty discounts

    It’s the final week of Sony’s Spring Fever Sale which means more games have been added to the mix. Shovel Knight, which launches today is one offer, and the rest are all Cal of Duty titles. The Taken movie series is on sale as well. With Shovel Knight available today on PlayStation 3, PS4 and […]

  • Drivers for Xbox controllers, voice messages, more features available in Xbox One preview

    Microsoft has announced new features coming to Xbox One and the Xbox App on Windows 10 through the preview program this month. Some of the new features have been requested by the community for both Xbox One and Xbox One SmartGlass. Here’s what to expect, straight from the horse’s mouth: Xbox on Windows 10 Game […]

  • Total War: Warhammer has been announced for PC, Mac, SteamOS

    Total War: Warhammer has been announced after previous teases from The Creative Assembly touched upon it. The game will contain “gigantic monsters, flying creatures, legendary heroes and storms of magical power.” It is also the first in a trilogy which includes two additional standalone titles and extra content packs. It will feature thousands of warriors […]

  • This video for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt features a quest from the prologue

    A new video for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt has been released, showing off the Precious Cargo quest contained in the game’s prologue. The quest tasks Geralt with helping a merchant retrieve a mysterious box from the swamps. The scene looks familiar, but we’ve seen so many videos for the game it’s hard to tell […]

  • Limited public beta for The Elder Scrolls Online kicks off tomorrow on consoles

    The limited public beta for The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited will launch on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One tomorrow, and Sony has provided details on the tester for those who’ve been invited to participate. The beta test contains the full version of the game and will run from April 23-27, and will start and […]

  • Dying Light debuts in second place on Media Create charts

    Techland’s Dying Light made its debut in Japan lats week, coming in a respectable second place behind Nintendo’s Girls Mode 3: Kirakira Code. The zombie shooter sold 25,530 units on PlayStation 4, while the top earner for the week moved a little over 55,000 units on 3DS. Another western release when landed on the chart, […]

  • Lord of Magna: Maiden Heaven will release in the west this June

    Lord of Magna: Maiden Heaven has been given a release date by XSEED Games, which announced the localization back in February. The title will launch for 3DS in North America on June 2 digitally and through retail. It will be an eShop only title in Europe and Australia when it releases on June 4. A […]

  • This Overlord video teases four new faces of evil

    A new Overlord game is in the works, going by the previous teasing and this video – which teases the possibility of four-payer co-op. Or just four characters to choose from. We don’t know just yet – all we know is the team is asking you to “join the fellowship.” A new entry in the […]

  • GTA movie will star Daniel Radcliffe as Rockstar’s Sam Houser, the BBC confirms

    The GTA movie Game Changer will star Daniel Radcliffe as Rockstar co-founder and president Sam Houser, theBBC has confirmed. The BBC also confirmed Bill Paxton will play Jack Thompson, a role Paxton already confirmed last week when speaking with Deadline. Here’s the synopsis per the BBC: “Conceived for an adult audience, this special 90-minute drama […]

  • Take a look at Etrian Odyssey 2 Untold’s Classic Mode

    Etrian Odyssey 2 Untold’s Classic Mode has received a trailer today. Etrian Odyssey 2 Untold will come with two modes, Classic and Story. Classic Mode was trailered today and in it, you’ll get to make your party by choosing from 13 classes. You’ll be able to customise them too using the character creation tool. Revamped […]

  • Shovel Knight: Plague of Shadows to come with new challenge mode

    Shovel Knight’s upcoming expansion Plague of Shadows will bring with it a new challenge mode. Shovel Knight developer Yacht Club Games has revealed the challenge mode, one of the new additions coming to the game with the free Plague of Shadows expansion. “Are you more into digging than distillation? Already have your Feats book long […]

  • Nvidia releases complete graphical guide for GTA 5

    Those with GeForce cards will be happy to know that Nvidia has released a comprehensive graphical tweaks guide for GTA 5. Nvidia usually produces graphical guides for the big AAA games, and GTA 5 is no different. Their guides offer in-depth coverage of each in-game setting, how much they affect framerate, if they can be […]

  • Cthulhu voodoo: why Bloodborne is the best Lovecraftian game

    Sherif Said tackles Bloodborne’s links to Lovecraftian horror, explaining why you should face the madness and immerse yourself in its lore. Spoilers inside. No other game could commit to its themes so religiously without feeling the need to compromise its vision and veer towards accessibility. Bloodborne stands tall above any game that dares attach itself […]

  • WWE 2K15 is coming to PC this year

    WWE 2K15 will make its way to PC this spring. WWE announced that WWE 2K15 will make its debut on PC in the spring. The game will be based on the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions, both of which came out in November. MyCareer and 2K Showaces modes are included, as well as all […]

  • GTA 5 PC: new mod adds snow to GTA Online

    If you’re looking to get some snow in your GTA Online, someone figured out a way. Modder ECB2 created a mod that works with GTA Online on PC. The mod is called “Snow in GTA Online” and it does what it says on the tin. YouTube channel imperfectplayers captured a video showing it in action. […]

  • Deals with Gold: Call of Duty edition

    Xbox Live Deals with Gold for the week of April 20 are now live with mostly Call of Duty games. Various Call of Duty games are on sale on Xbox One and Xbox 360 through Xbox Live this week. Indie games Never Alone and We Are Doomed managed to sneak in as well. With the […]

  • Mortal Kombat X: PSN sign in problems fixed in new patch

    Patch 1.03 is now live for Mortal Kombat X and it brings an end to the aggravating sing in issue encountered by some users on PS4. Mortal Kombat X 1.03 patch has been released. The patch fixes bug CE-34878-0, which affected the PlayStation 4 version. The bug caused users to have to log in and […]

  • GTA 5 PC: new patch fixes Windows Media Player issue, getting stuck in the clouds

    GTA 5 has received a new patch on PC to fix issues caused by the lack of Windows Media Player and getting stuck between online matches. Patch 335.1 is now available to all owners of GTA 5 on PC. The strange issue that affected those who didn’t have Windows Media Player installed, has been fixed. […]