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Rumour: THQ In Trouble?

Games cancelled?

There is only one source for these rumours, Kevin Dent, a ‘ten year veteran from the digital video games industry’.

According to Kevin THQ has stopped work on the Disney license, cancelled all of their 2014 line up (including its Warhammer 40K MMO) and offered the sale of the business to Asian firms.

Just before Christmas THQ lost thirty staff after uDraw failed to perform on the PS3 and Xbox 360, however Saints Row The Third was the ninth best-selling game in the UK last year.

This year THQ have Darksiders II,  Metro: The Last Light and UFC3 scheduled for release.

As always these rumours should be treated with a vat load of salt.

Source: Twitter


  1. jayjay119
    Since: Apr 2010

    I’m pretty sure that if THQ finds themselves in a dire enough financial situation, someone willl at the very least be willing to buy their most successful IPs from them such as Saint’s Row. Eidos was bought out by Square Enix not long ago and you can guarentee Tomb Raider was a big influence on that decision. If Saint’s Row and other franchises THQ have it may not be the death of them… but THQ as we know it, that’s a different story.

    Comment posted on 15/01/2012 at 21:12.
  2. PoisonedMonkey
    Since: Jun 2009

    Seems surprising given the other facts stated in the comments already. I just hope this one rumour doesn’t catch on too much and kill off people’s trust in THQ.

    Comment posted on 15/01/2012 at 21:42.
  3. Rabid-Coot
    Since: Oct 2009

    Not too surprising if it is true I think they’ve been making a loss forr several years.

    Comment posted on 15/01/2012 at 22:17.
  4. damoxuk
    Since: May 2011

    THQ is one of the worst publishers for decent IP’s imo. Apart from Relic and there 40k games THQ don;t really do many big or decent games to rival the other publishers. It’ll be a shame if they go under but hopefully Relic will go to another publisher.

    Comment posted on 15/01/2012 at 23:17.
    • Kennykazey
      Since: Mar 2010

      There haven’t been many, but the few ones are good titles. Vigil Games with Darksiders is great, then there’s also Volition with Saints Row and the future inSANE.

      And the Double Fine games they’ve published have been awesome, though other publishers can handle DF games in the future, EA doesn’t seem too keen and MS keeps them exclusive.

      I hope that if THQ is dieing, that some other publisher buys these studios and IPs.

      Comment posted on 16/01/2012 at 00:10.
  5. jikomanzoku
    Since: Jan 2010

    Like the majority here I sincerely hope this isn’t true. If THQ fold, the UFC licence will likely end up in the hands of EA and that would be bloody awful. EA MMA was so shallow it hurt. Gaaahh!

    Comment posted on 16/01/2012 at 00:15.
  6. Ne0N_420
    Since: Jan 2010

    i personally believe that IF THQ was too shut down future projects of the likes they would officially say so and not commit to work loads they can not afford, i got saints row a little after xmas as i was lost in secondlife for while but the game was almost impossible to get had to resort to getting it from argos so as far as sr3 goes its a big hit n speaking of which who would like to see professor genki get its own game i know i would !!!!!

    Comment posted on 16/01/2012 at 00:27.
  7. Sympozium
    Since: Aug 2009

    Tragic I guess but its THQ..? other than Warhammer or Relic even Volitan and thats pretty much it these days.

    Sad if they went

    Comment posted on 16/01/2012 at 01:20.
  8. aerobes
    Since: Aug 2009

    If Metro: Last Light disappears, I won’t jump in front of a moving bus, I won’t give up games after threatening to do so and I won’t toss my cereal at the cat. I /will/ sulk a for bit. Rough times. I wish you the up and up, THQ.

    Comment posted on 16/01/2012 at 02:59.
  9. Forgetive
    Since: Jan 2012

    This sucks. I’m not really a fan though. The only games they have that catch my attention are Metro & Red Faction.
    I’ve noticed that THQ makes games that experiment with whats trending. Then again they’ve made games that don’t stand out well enough in single player or multiplayer.
    Red Faction never really went back to what made me excited about it: being able to dig tunnels almost everywhere was awesome. An FPS digging game… put in some resource collecting, base building & friends & you get some type of mining & crafting game.

    Comment posted on 16/01/2012 at 05:40.
  10. Awayze
    Since: Jul 2010

    Good. Serves them right for using Online Passes. Hope EA’s next one day.

    Comment posted on 16/01/2012 at 07:58.
    • Omac_brother
      Since: Nov 2011

      Thats a really silly comment. You want games publishers to go under? Your saying that because of online passes you dont want Darksiders 2 or Metro 2033 to see the light of day? Online passes ensure that publishers and developers get the money they deserve for putting in a lot of time, effort and money developing these titles. Its a bane, I agree, having to buy games new instead of second hand, but its a small price to pay to keep new games coming our way.

      Comment posted on 16/01/2012 at 08:38.
      • Awayze
        Since: Jul 2010

        Meh, I don’t care if studios go under unless I like them aka Sony Studios like Naughty Dog

        Comment posted on 16/01/2012 at 09:27.
      • Omac_brother
        Since: Nov 2011

        Naughty Dog wouldnt be pushing the bounderies to make better games if it wasnt for their competition from EA, Activision and THQ studios. Studio closures are never good.

        Comment posted on 16/01/2012 at 10:12.
      • djhsecondnature
        Since: Forever

        @Awayze – What a sad and idiotic comment.

        Comment posted on 16/01/2012 at 10:51.
      • cc_star
        Team TSA: Writer
        Since: Forever

        The very same Naughty Dog who coded online passes into Uncharted 3? Seems some mighty fine double standards there.

        Comment posted on 16/01/2012 at 18:26.

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