Following a wild rumour mill over the weekend suggesting that THQ were posturing to cancel their planned 2014 releases and sell or can the Warhammer 40,000 MMO, Dark Millennium Online, THQ have finally chimed in with an official statement and the word is seemingly that there is nothing to report or worry about yet, so keep calm and carry on.
“THQ has not cancelled its 2014 line-up, and has not made any decisions regarding the planned MMO. As part of the ongoing review of our business, we have made decisions to ensure that the company is strategically addressing the most attractive markets. As we have previously announced, we have dramatically reduced our commitment to the kids' boxed games sector which leads to a significantly more focused release schedule moving forward. Our slate for calendar 2012 and beyond is focused on high-quality core games and continues to build our digital platform and business. We are excited for our pipeline of original and high-quality content along with our relationships with some of the best talent in the industry.
Additionally, we are thrilled with the great performance of Saints Row: The Third, which on a like for like period in North America has tripled in sell-through from Saints Row 2. In addition, WWE ’12’s worldwide sell-through sales are up almost 40% year-over-year for the same sales period with fewer platforms. According to NPD, for the month of December and the 2011 year, THQ was the #5 publisher overall, #4 third party, with reported sell through growing over 18% in a market that was down almost 6%. And coming up next, we have two great titles for the first half of the year including UFC Undisputed 3 and Darksiders 2.”
Here at AusGamers, we're big supporters of THQ's recent shift to focus their energies onto more core-gamer targetted titles and less of the licensed churn. So we certainly hope that whatever might be going on behind the scenes at THQ HQ, that they're at least able to realise that strategy and get all of these promising upcoming games into our hands.