THQ have posted an ‘Investor Relations’ report which has revealed a number of delays.
“When I joined THQ the company made a public commitment to quality titles. We always expected that in some cases this would mean that more time would be needed to make sure that every title is of the highest possible quality,” said Jason Rubin, THQ’s President.
“Our fourth quarter releases are the first titles that I have had the ability to materially impact, and experience told me that the games needed additional development time to be market-ready.”
South Park: The Stick of Truth has been set back until “early Fiscal 2014” which begins in April 2013. THQ say they have been ‘working closely’ with creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker and need more time ‘to give gamers no less than the rich South Park game they have been waiting for and deserve’.
Also delayed is the highly anticipated Metro: Last Light which is now expected to ship in, yup, you guessed it, March 2013. That’s going to be one expensive month for gamers, THQ have also moved Company Of Heroes 2 back to the same month.
Rubin added that the company has ten titles in development for fiscal year 2014 and onwards, ‘almost all of which are based on our own IP.’ These include the sequel to Saints Row: The Third and an unannounced game being developed by Turtle Rock. They have previously worked on Left 4 Dead and online shooter Counter Strike Source.
“We must follow the course that generates the highest quality games, and will establish THQ as a mark of quality for the consumer,” concluded Rubin.
In addition to the report Gamasutra have just tweeted ‘THQ conference call: Company refuses to give future financial guidance, or even take any questions.’ That sounds rather ominous.