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THQ Investor Call Reveals All Sorts Of Release Dates And Windows

Get your facts straight on when THQ's big titles are hitting.

THQ hosted one of those gripping investor conference calls the other afternoon, revealing all sorts of numbers for analysts and stockholders to... enjoy at their leisure. The publisher also used the event to talk about a bunch of release dates and windows, which just so happens to be of major interest to us as dudes who like to actually play video games. Here’s a rundown of the bigger news on this front.


Don’t go looking for Homefront on March 8 as previously announced; it won’t be at stores. During the call, president and CEO of the publisher, Brian Farrell, announced that the shooter’s release date has been pushed to March 15 from its original March 8, 2011 date. 
 
Farrell and THQ haven’t cited a specific reason for the delay, but the “we think we have a great opportunity to dominate retail on this date” statement given to Joystiq after the call makes a whole lot more sense when you consider that Homefront is no longer launching against Dragon Age II, a new sequel in an established franchise. Different audiences, sure, but there's some crossover. 
 
This delay affects all three versions of Homefront, so expect the PC, Xbox 360, and the PS3 version of the shooter to all hit on March 15. Of course, the 360 version will still get all the DLC exclusively first
 


Want more Saints Row action? You’ll get some in 2011 if plans hold. During the call, it was revealed that Saints Row 3 will hit later this Fall 2011, though no other specifics about the follow-up to the goofy open-world shooter were discussed.

"In the Fall, we plan to launch the latest installment of our Saints Row franchise, which we view as a significant growth driver in fiscal 2012,” Farell revealed, adding, "[Developer] Volition is setting a new bar for this outstanding franchise and we look forward to unveiling this game in the near future." 
  
Saints Row 2, a huge improvement over the original entry in the fledgling franchise, hit in 2008 for the PS3Xbox 360, and PS3 back in 2008. It's speculative at this point, but I doubt any of these three platforms will be excluded from receiving Saints Row 3.
 


Here's the first bummer of the call: as was speculated after the sudden announcement of the Company of Heroes Online beta closing, the promising free-to-play strategy game was confirmed to be canned during the call, according to VG247. WWE Online has met the same fate, too.   
 


DARKSIDERS 2, INSANE, WARHAMMER 40K MMO, AND THE DEVIL'S THIRD 
According to the call, Vigil Games' Darksiders 2 and its Warhammer 40K MMO are scheduled to hit at some point in FY 2013, meaning we should see them somewhere between April 12, 2011 and March 2013.  
 
The Devil's Third has this same vague release window as well. Oh, and Guillermo del Toro's inSANE? That game is still slated for a release in calendar year 2013, as was announced at the VGAs.
 
And that's it! Lots of stuff to sort through there. I'm pretty surprised that The Devil's Third is still so far away, but I suppose putting together a new studio and then making a game isn't easy.
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Posted by BradNicholson
THQ hosted one of those gripping investor conference calls the other afternoon, revealing all sorts of numbers for analysts and stockholders to... enjoy at their leisure. The publisher also used the event to talk about a bunch of release dates and windows, which just so happens to be of major interest to us as dudes who like to actually play video games. Here’s a rundown of the bigger news on this front.


Don’t go looking for Homefront on March 8 as previously announced; it won’t be at stores. During the call, president and CEO of the publisher, Brian Farrell, announced that the shooter’s release date has been pushed to March 15 from its original March 8, 2011 date. 
 
Farrell and THQ haven’t cited a specific reason for the delay, but the “we think we have a great opportunity to dominate retail on this date” statement given to Joystiq after the call makes a whole lot more sense when you consider that Homefront is no longer launching against Dragon Age II, a new sequel in an established franchise. Different audiences, sure, but there's some crossover. 
 
This delay affects all three versions of Homefront, so expect the PC, Xbox 360, and the PS3 version of the shooter to all hit on March 15. Of course, the 360 version will still get all the DLC exclusively first
 


Want more Saints Row action? You’ll get some in 2011 if plans hold. During the call, it was revealed that Saints Row 3 will hit later this Fall 2011, though no other specifics about the follow-up to the goofy open-world shooter were discussed.

"In the Fall, we plan to launch the latest installment of our Saints Row franchise, which we view as a significant growth driver in fiscal 2012,” Farell revealed, adding, "[Developer] Volition is setting a new bar for this outstanding franchise and we look forward to unveiling this game in the near future." 
  
Saints Row 2, a huge improvement over the original entry in the fledgling franchise, hit in 2008 for the PS3Xbox 360, and PS3 back in 2008. It's speculative at this point, but I doubt any of these three platforms will be excluded from receiving Saints Row 3.
 


Here's the first bummer of the call: as was speculated after the sudden announcement of the Company of Heroes Online beta closing, the promising free-to-play strategy game was confirmed to be canned during the call, according to VG247. WWE Online has met the same fate, too.   
 


DARKSIDERS 2, INSANE, WARHAMMER 40K MMO, AND THE DEVIL'S THIRD 
According to the call, Vigil Games' Darksiders 2 and its Warhammer 40K MMO are scheduled to hit at some point in FY 2013, meaning we should see them somewhere between April 12, 2011 and March 2013.  
 
The Devil's Third has this same vague release window as well. Oh, and Guillermo del Toro's inSANE? That game is still slated for a release in calendar year 2013, as was announced at the VGAs.
 
And that's it! Lots of stuff to sort through there. I'm pretty surprised that The Devil's Third is still so far away, but I suppose putting together a new studio and then making a game isn't easy.
Posted by InfiniteAlex

awesome

Posted by Yummylee

Saint's Row 3 in 2011 will make me a very happy gang banger.

Posted by Niall_Sg1

Oh Cool 

Posted by WinterSnowblind
Posted by HT101
Posted by MOAB
@Abyssfull said:
" Saint's Row 3 in 2011 will make me a very happy gang banger. "
Posted by Cincaid

SAINTS ROW 3! YES!
 
Also...released to PS3, X360, and...PS3? Typo, I suppose.

Posted by Bollard

I couldn't care less, wooooooo!

Posted by pantzing_nome
@MOAB said:
" @Abyssfull said:
" Saint's Row 3 in 2011 will make me a very happy gang banger. "
"
Cant wait to see a trailer of that game.
Posted by Jumbs

Am I the only person that thought Saint's Row was Trash aimed at Trash?

Edited by Timing
@BradNicholson said:
According to the call, Vigil Games' Darksiders 2 and its Warhammer 40K MMO are scheduled to hit at some point in FY 2013, meaning we should see them somewhere between April 12, 2011 and March 2013.

Dude... what.
Posted by theodacourt

There's quite a few typo's in this here article. I count three, but the news is pretty interesting. That said I'm only really interested in Darksiders 2.

Posted by mewarmo990

Damn, I was really looking forward to CoHO. Ah well, I guess I can reinstall if I ever feel like playing.

Posted by Seedofpower

Shame, nothing on the Games Workshop side of things.

Posted by DeadDorf

Where's Space Marine?

Posted by damswedon

If ya sick of being sick, and ya tired of being broke 
Go get yo guns and bring yo ass to saint's row

Posted by NoXious

Come on! DarkSiders 2 release is left too damn wide open. I want some certainty in that thing.
Same with WH40K MMO, darn you THQ! DARN YOU!

Posted by Soap

Saints Row 3! How much more crazy can it get!? :D

Posted by Jeffsekai

WARHAMMER MMO NEEDS TO COME OUT NOW

Posted by slowbird

I love Saint's Row 2.  Can't wait to see what they cook up for the next one.

Posted by j_meyer_13

Wow... I didn't even know they were making a Saint's Row 3.  Not that I'm surprised or anything...

Posted by MechaEspio

Saints Row 3 and Darksiders 2 news! Yayz! 
 
Saints Row may be mindless and vulgar but on the other hand... it's mindless and vulgar. And a whole lot of fun.

Posted by Cloudleet

As long as they keep the PimpSlap in Saints Row 3 I'll be a satisfied customer

Posted by Lazyaza
Saints Row 3 and Darksiders 2, eff yeah.   Weird that Space Marine isn't mentioned at all, I worry about how little of that game has been shown considering its suppose to release this year.
Edited by Moth_Pope

Loved SR2, one of my favourite 360 games, so I can't wait for Saints 3. I just hope they keep the full co-op campaign in. That was amazing in 2. :D

Posted by Milkman

Saint's Row 3 this year definitely has me excited.

Posted by HassaniSabbah
@Jumbs said:
" Am I the only person that thought Saint's Row was Trash aimed at Trash? "
Yes.
Posted by dagas

I liked Saints Row and I loved Saints Row 2. I hope they keep doing more of the same.

Posted by Napalm

I'm glad I'm not the only one shitting myself over Saints Row 3. The second game is probably my favorite open world game this generation.

Posted by MildMolasses
@CrazyChris said:
"SAINTS ROW 3! YES!  Also...released to PS3, X360, and...PS3? Typo, I suppose. "

Plus the fact that their 2008 release was mentioned both before and after that part of the sentence
Edited by Gizmo

I hated playing Saint's Row 2 on the PC. The performance was awful, the animations were abysmal. Everything about it was complete shite and was an insult to PC gamers. 

Posted by 234r2we232
@Jumbs said:
" Am I the only person that thought Saint's Row was Trash aimed at Trash? "
No. You're just confusing it with GTA. It happens.
Edited by PenguinDust
@Cloudleet said:
" As long as they keep the PimpSlap in Saints Row 3 I'll be a satisfied customer "
And streakin', gotta have streakin'.  Woo-hoo, I'm naked...again! 

More Saints Row has me more hyped than any potential news for another Grand Theft Auto.  I'm sorry to hear about the Company of Heroes F2P getting canned but since I have the retail game on my PC I'm not too heartbroken.  I knew Warhammer 40K MMO was a far off release so no new news there, but I was surprised by the distance for Itakai's Devil's Third.  I was hoping for a 2012 release date, but I guess not. 
Posted by Jimbo

Fuckin' loved Saints Row 2.  Best console co-op evs.
 
Probably a good idea not putting Homefront up against DA2 if they don't have to, but you'd expect the DA2 purchasers to still be occupied with it the following week too.  Plus it also puts Homefront only one week before Crysis 2, which is obviously more direct competition.  I don't know, but they seem to have boxed themselves in here pretty badly imo - the week before DA2 would have made sense.  

Posted by MisterMouse

That is awesome that Darksiders is getting another release!!! 

Posted by Fjordson

Saints Row 3, hell yeah. Hope that makes it out this year.

Posted by TomA

What the hell does FY 2013 stand for? I really don't want to wait that long for what will be the best MMO ever.

Posted by MysteriousBob

THQ still exists?

Edited by MysteriousBob
@HassaniSabbah said:

" @Jumbs said:

" Am I the only person that thought Saint's Row was Trash aimed at Trash? "
Yes. "
No. Saints Row is garbage aimed at the idiots who thinks Jet Packs in GTA are more important than practical shooting mechanics. 
 
Also, its painfully unfunny. The gaming version of Disaster Movie or Meet the Spartans.
Posted by GozerTC

Still disappointed to know I won't get any 40K action for a few years still.  But then again that gives them time to make it a game I'll want to actually play. :)  

Posted by Cold_Wolven

Waiting an extra week for Homefront won't be too bad considering that I'll still be playing Killzone 3. It did come as a surprise to me that Saint's Row 3 is coming out towards the end of the year, especially since nothing has been shown or talked about but I bet it will make an appearance at E3 11. 

Posted by MOAB
@MysteriousBob said:
" @HassaniSabbah said:

" @Jumbs said:

" Am I the only person that thought Saint's Row was Trash aimed at Trash? "
Yes. "
No. Saints Row is garbage aimed at the idiots who thinks Jet Packs in GTA are more important than practical shooting mechanics.  Also, its painfully unfunny. The gaming version of Disaster Movie or Meet the Spartans. "
you, sir, are an ass
Posted by lordofultima
@MysteriousBob said:
" @HassaniSabbah said:

" @Jumbs said:

" Am I the only person that thought Saint's Row was Trash aimed at Trash? "
Yes. "
No. Saints Row is garbage aimed at the idiots who thinks Jet Packs in GTA are more important than practical shooting mechanics.  Also, its painfully unfunny. The gaming version of Disaster Movie or Meet the Spartans. "
I feel the same way. People were like, "WAY BETTER THAN GTAIV, DUDE YOU CAN PEE OUT YOUR CAR WINDOW AND STEAL A SEPTIC TRUCK AND SHOOT SHIT AT EVERYONE!" And I'm like...yeah that sounds like the dumbest thing ever. I'll stick with my well-developed storytelling. Thanks!
Posted by jorbear

I guess Homefront and Shogun II have different enough audiences to release on the same date.

Posted by Animasta

SAINTS ROW 3 WOOP WOOP

Posted by ProfessorK
@Gizmo: Whoa! You're from the future! Tell me, do we ever get to have flying cars?
Posted by FixtheFernBack

My lot of po-faced gamers out there. Saints Row 2 was great if you never took it seriously (i feel sorry for those that did) What was great about it was that the current state of your avatar was incorporated into the cutscenes, which injected much needed hilarity to the gangster bullshit storyline. Forget about all that shooting shit stuff, the humor was when your hotdog-costume-wearing cockney granny was holding court.
 
I REALLY hope they up the customisation and (most importantly) more voices for SR3.

Posted by tmj
@TomA said:
" What the hell does FY 2013 stand for? I really don't want to wait that long for what will be the best MMO ever. "
Fiscal Year 2013. Every company's 'year' ends at different times though and with game devs/publishers/whatever they never seem to be Jan-Dec of said year.
 
I think Brad meant to put April 12, 2012 not 2011. That would mean that THQ's fiscal year for 2013 would start April 2012 and end March 2013.
Posted by amir90

So long for warhammer and darksiders? for shame..

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