Last week the rumor floodgates were blasted wide open when IDGA Mobile SIG head Kevin Dent posted a stream of tweets alleging that THQ was in dire financial straits and that the publisher was cancelling projects slated for 2014 and beyond. Not so fast, said THQ today.
“THQ has not cancelled its 2014 line-up, and has not made any decisions regarding the planned MMO,” its Australian PR folks told VG 24/7. The MMO in question is Warhammer 40,000: Dark Millenium Online. The status of the company, representatives have been saying today, is that it’s shifting gears to more mature fare.
Dismal sales of the U Draw tablet and the fact that the publisher has closed a number of its studios over the last 18 months were all the rumor mill needed to fuel the fire, it seems.
The company has exclusive rights to the WWE franchise and was one of the first third-party developers given a Wii U dev kit. Darksiders II was one of the titles shown off during last year’s console reveal. Guillermo del Toro is also still busy working away on Insane, it seems. Last, but certainly not least, the South Park RPG that debuted in Game Informer a couple of months ago is also due out from THQ later this year.
Although the company has done much work claiming future projects are safe, very little has been said about the financial status of THQ itself. Statements have been released that mention the success of titles like Saints Row: The Third and WWE ’12, but not much regarding its solvency. That’s what we’ll really have to keep an eye on.