THQ’s financial troubles reached a head last night as the company filed for bankruptcy. Ably covered in Peter’s post, no doubt, but closer examination of the filing reveals a number of code-names and working titles for games that were in development with the publisher.
First up is Vigil Games, who most will know for their work on the Darksiders games. According to the filing they’re now working on something called Crawler – there’s no more information on what Crawler might be but it’s likely to be a code-name for the next Darksiders, perhaps a spin-off title.
Turtle Rock Studios are working on something called Evolve, which is a co-op action game. Evolve’s likely to be the final name for the game, given an earlier trademark filing from THQ. Relic Entertainment, known for Warhammer 40,000 and Company of Heroes are apparently behind something called Atlas, which is set to launch in 2014.
Finally, there’s something called 1666, again already filed as a trademark.
The bankruptcy statement included two graphs of note, too – one shows budget plans for the next few years, and another predicted revenue. The first graph shows that Evolve’s development budget will run dry in 2014, suggesting a release that year. 1666’s budget goes another twelve months beyond, pinning that at (perhaps) 2015.
The second graph shows that Atlas has no predicted sales – perhaps that’s a free to play game, as pointed out by Polygon‘s Griffin McElroy.