THQ's oft outspoken and very candid head of core games, Danny Bilson, who is also a friend of the site has departed the troubled publisher to "pursue other interests". Stepping into his role is Naughty Dog co-founder Jason Rubin, whose position at the publisher comes into affect immediately.
"Jason's proven track record in the industry speaks for itself, and he is one of the brightest minds in the business," THQ CEO Brian Farrell said. "We believe he can be a game changer and can contribute immensely to executing on our strategy of delivering quality connected core game experiences."
Whether or not Bilson was pushed out of the company in the wake of financial turmoil and a seeming lack of direction is anyone's guess. In the past year THQ has closed up shop from a development perspective here in Australia and abroad, their hotly anticipated Warhammer 40K MMO being handled by Vigil was put on the shelf while more recently, Devil's Third, the new action slasher from former Team Ninja founder, Tomonobu Itagaki, was let go. They've also pushed a handful of titles back into 2013 including Metro: Last Light and South Park: The Game.
There's no doubt Rubin will be good, but we're certainly going to miss Bilson, he was definitely one of the more affable and reliable publsiher bigwigs we've had the pleasure of meeting.