Financial calls with gaming publishers are typically lengthy. From start to finish, they tend to run around an hour. According to those who listened in to THQ’s call today, the publisher talked for 12 minutes. They wouldn’t even allow for questions.
In those 12 minutes, the notes for which you can read by hitting the link below, THQ announced the delay of three notable titles. Among them were both Company of Heroes 2 and the highly anticipated South Park: The Stick of Truth RPG.
Here’s a chunk of that blip from the call. The speaker was Jason Rubin, President of THQ.
“I believe South Park’s market opportunity is significant. It is shaping up to be one of the most anticipated titles of calendar 2013. It is also an expansive title, encompassing multiple television seasons’ worth of content. We have been working closely with the co-creators of South Park, Matt Stone and Trey Parker, to make sure all of the game’s content performs to the high standards of the TV show, and this takes time. THQ is committed to giving gamers no less than the rich South Park game they have been waiting for and deserve.
We are also inspired by the potential for Metro: Last Light and Company of Heroes 2. I believe Metro: Last Light is a title that should set standards for visuals with its stunning atmosphere, unique location and cutting-edge style. Company of Heroes was one of the highest rated RTS titles in history, and Relic insists that the sequel live up to its pedigree. Giving both of these titles time to reach their full potential is the right thing to do for the products.”
South Park: The Stick of Truth, Company of Heroes 2 and Metro: Last Light have all been delayed. The earliest we’ll see any of these games is the start of fiscal 2014; read that as April 2013.
THQ did express excitement for Homefront 2, a new Saints Row and an unannounced title to boot. There’s your silver lining, folks. Hang on to it.