THQ’s new president, Jason Rubin, has give a frank interview to GI.biz. The co founder of Naughty Dog is now second in command on the company reporting only to CEO Brian Farrell.
THQ has been in a difficult situation in recent months, partly due to the flop of uDraw, ‘You won’t be seeing another uDraw,’ said Jason, ‘We’re not going to be doing side projects in mobile or casual. You’re not going to see that stuff.’
What is more likely is another Saints Row game as it appears to be the one game keeping THQ afloat, ‘The reason that THQ is here is because Saints Row is really successful,’ comments Jason. He also says that Volition will not need a project as they are already working on a title.
The future of Darksiders developers, Vigil, also seems to be safe as he describes them as ‘an incredible talent,’ but suggests he may ‘see if we can make something that perhaps hits the market more directly.’
‘One of the things I plan on doing is making a much more concise portfolio. I will not expand into the money I have because I want to keep this money around for a rainy day,’ continues Jason, ‘THQ is going to be a lot more careful with what it does and a little less cavalier.’
After viewing all the games in development Jason told CEO Brian Farrell ‘You’ve got a reasonably sized slate. Maybe it’s one title too big.’
As to which title(s) may be for the chop, Jason is not giving any hints. ‘Clearly, Darksiders is coming out. Clearly, Company of Heroes is coming out, etc, etc. But there’s a lot in flux with our future titles.’
GI then asked if the Guillermo Del Toro project, Insane, was in the firing line. You may recall the project being announced at the Spike VGA’s in December 2010 with a very short trailer featuring the game name and some tentacles.
Since then nothing has been heard of the trilogy which would take ten years to develop. The first game was scheduled to be released next year, so is it still on the slate?
‘As to each project and what every company is doing, they’re still a work in progress,’ comments Jason.