THQ Delays South Park: The Stick of Truth, Drops Devil's Third Altogether

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Posted by alex (3481 posts) -

THQ had its annual investor's call this afternoon, and with it came a few significant changes in the publisher's upcoming lineup of games. Most notably, the Obsidian-developed South Park: The Stick of Truth has been pushed back into next year, and Tomonobu Itagaki'sDevil's Third will no longer be published under the THQ banner.

Itagaki's first non-Tecmo title is now looking for a new publisher.
Itagaki's first non-Tecmo title is now looking for a new publisher.

South Park was announced just a few months ago, and had originally been scheduled to release later this fall. Now THQ has listed it as a fiscal Q4 release. Obsidian was hit with layoffs earlier this year, including members of the South Park team. However, that wasn't cited as a reason for the delay, nor was any reason for that matter.

Devil's Third was the first game scheduled to be published from Valhalla Game Studios, the studio founded by former Team Ninja head Tomonobu Itagaki. Originally, the third-person action title had been targeted for release in early 2013, but now that will only come to fruition if THQ can quickly find a new home for the game. CEO Brian Farrell stated that the game "no longer fit THQ's profitability profile," and that they are currently talking to other companies about taking on the project.

When asked for further comment during the Q&A, Farrell explained that the company that produced the game engine that was originally to be used in Devil's Third went out of business, which meant that THQ had to step in and help them build a new engine. That expense, coupled with the current value of the Yen, factored into in the decision to drop the title.

Elsewhere, it was revealed that the Saints Row: The Third expansion pack, Enter the Dominatrix, will arrive in September as a stand-alone product, which can be played regardless as to whether you have the original game.

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#1 Posted by alex (3481 posts) -

THQ had its annual investor's call this afternoon, and with it came a few significant changes in the publisher's upcoming lineup of games. Most notably, the Obsidian-developed South Park: The Stick of Truth has been pushed back into next year, and Tomonobu Itagaki'sDevil's Third will no longer be published under the THQ banner.

Itagaki's first non-Tecmo title is now looking for a new publisher.
Itagaki's first non-Tecmo title is now looking for a new publisher.

South Park was announced just a few months ago, and had originally been scheduled to release later this fall. Now THQ has listed it as a fiscal Q4 release. Obsidian was hit with layoffs earlier this year, including members of the South Park team. However, that wasn't cited as a reason for the delay, nor was any reason for that matter.

Devil's Third was the first game scheduled to be published from Valhalla Game Studios, the studio founded by former Team Ninja head Tomonobu Itagaki. Originally, the third-person action title had been targeted for release in early 2013, but now that will only come to fruition if THQ can quickly find a new home for the game. CEO Brian Farrell stated that the game "no longer fit THQ's profitability profile," and that they are currently talking to other companies about taking on the project.

When asked for further comment during the Q&A, Farrell explained that the company that produced the game engine that was originally to be used in Devil's Third went out of business, which meant that THQ had to step in and help them build a new engine. That expense, coupled with the current value of the Yen, factored into in the decision to drop the title.

Elsewhere, it was revealed that the Saints Row: The Third expansion pack, Enter the Dominatrix, will arrive in September as a stand-alone product, which can be played regardless as to whether you have the original game.

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#3 Posted by BeachThunder (14579 posts) -

Delay ALL the games!

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#4 Posted by mesoian (1621 posts) -

Sega will pick up Devil's Third. Calling it now.

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#5 Posted by Mystyr_E (1457 posts) -
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#6 Posted by thatdutchguy (1301 posts) -

@Mesoian: why would sega pick up Devil's Turd ?

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#7 Posted by Kamikaze_Tutor (162 posts) -

Is there even going to be a next year for THQ? :(

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#8 Posted by DrDarkStryfe (2080 posts) -

If Darksiders II bombs, THQ will be scrambling something fierce.

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#9 Edited by Cloudenvy (5893 posts) -

I thought Devil's Third got dropped loooooooooooooooong ago. The more you know, I guess!

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#10 Posted by RE_Player1 (8010 posts) -
@Mesoian

Sega will pick up Devil's Third. Calling it now.

I think so too.
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#11 Posted by BeachThunder (14579 posts) -

@Kamikaze_Tutor said:

Is there even going to be a next year for THQ? :(

I hope so; won't somebody please think of the Metros!?

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#12 Posted by MeatSim (11140 posts) -

I still wanna play that South Park game.

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#13 Posted by Rirse (321 posts) -

Poor Obisdian

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#14 Posted by KingOfIceland (674 posts) -

@Mesoian said:

Sega will pick up Devil's Third. Calling it now.

My bet is Square Enix, however.

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#15 Posted by MildMolasses (3200 posts) -

To the people saying Sega: are they not restructuring as well? I don't really have any guesses, but I'm sure there is a desperate need to unload it on THQ's part, which leads me to believe a lot of people could jump on a this for a song. Hilarious if Tecmo bought it just to shut it down

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#16 Posted by Saganomics (226 posts) -

@Rirse said:

Poor Obisdian

Seriously, this is Troika all over again. :(

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#17 Posted by Bakumatsu (425 posts) -

And other one bites the dust.

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#18 Posted by Dany (8018 posts) -

I hope Square or somebody picks up Devil's Third, that game looked awesome when they last showed it.

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#19 Posted by zombie2011 (5502 posts) -

As long as i get Darksiders 2 this year, i'm fine with THQ dropping everything else.

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#20 Posted by UsbCable (238 posts) -

@KingOfIceland: That's what I was thinking.

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#21 Posted by bacongames (3979 posts) -

Isn't Obsidian helping out with Wasteland 2? I'd rather see that anyway. I couldn't give less of a shit about South Park at this point.

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#22 Posted by ImmortalSaiyan (4748 posts) -

We have nothing of Devil's Third since it's announcement years ago. Hopefully the development is going good and it gets a new publisher soon.

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#23 Posted by iAmJohn (6232 posts) -

@KingOfIceland said:

@Mesoian said:

Sega will pick up Devil's Third. Calling it now.

My bet is Square Enix, however.

Yup. Gonna be Square.

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#24 Posted by Ravenlight (8057 posts) -

There goes my hope a Devil's Third and Saint's Row the Third crossover.

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#25 Posted by ragbag (52 posts) -

Has there been a good story about THQ at all this year?

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#26 Posted by WMWA (1223 posts) -

God damnit. This is really bumming me out. That South Park game looked really interesting, can Obsidian jump ship for publishing? It's a shame what's happening to everyone around THQ other than Volition. =\

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#27 Posted by Zleunamme (932 posts) -

Devil's Third is a game? Is there a score card on how many Game Informer cover story games being delayed until next year? So far it has been South Park and Tomb Raider. Things do not look for THQ. I guess we'll see if the stick around by the end of the year.

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#28 Posted by jillsandwich (804 posts) -

@Mesoian said:

Sega will pick up Devil's Third. Calling it now.

Warner Brothers.

I hope that South Park game does actually come out, it looks fucking great.

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#29 Posted by ArbitraryWater (14686 posts) -

Yet another Obsidian project that will be underfunded and thus incomplete and possibly broken. Thanks THQ, for investing in those stupid uDraw tablets.

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#30 Posted by TheHBK (5670 posts) -

THQ will not be around by August. And I know I am being optimistic.

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#31 Posted by BjornTheUnicorn (381 posts) -

I hope the best for that South Park game, the show occasionally shows some genius still and Trey & Matt are cool people. As for Devil's Third, all I've seen was that trailer a while ago, but that was cool.

@Zleunamme: Bioshock Infinite was delayed as well, off the top of my head.

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#32 Posted by MikeGosot (3237 posts) -
@iAmJohn said:

@KingOfIceland said:

@Mesoian said:

Sega will pick up Devil's Third. Calling it now.

My bet is Square Enix, however.

Yup. Gonna be Square.

Warner Brothers. I'm calling it.
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#33 Posted by Sunspots (217 posts) -

No mention of Darksiders 2 is a good thing right? I mean a good thing for all of those people looking forward to playing it, (count me among that crowd). Please do not be delayed again.

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#35 Posted by TheSouthernDandy (4107 posts) -

Man things are looking grim. Well, grimmer. I'm praying to the Emperor that the 40K titles don't get axed.

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#36 Posted by mesoian (1621 posts) -

@rebgav said:

@MikeGosot said:

@iAmJohn said:

@KingOfIceland said:

@Mesoian said:

Sega will pick up Devil's Third. Calling it now.

My bet is Square Enix, however.

Yup. Gonna be Square.

Warner Brothers. I'm calling it.

I'll back that call.

Not a bad bet. I'll be interesting to see what happens at E3.

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#37 Posted by theveej (934 posts) -

After the shitshow that was Ninja Gaiden 3 , I really, really, really hope Devils Third actually comes out and some point (and is atleast decent)

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#38 Edited by SpartanAmbrose (842 posts) -

All of these delays are really bumming me out. At least that Saints Row the Third expansion is still on course for September.

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#39 Posted by WilliamHenry (1285 posts) -

@wmaustin55 said:

God damnit. This is really bumming me out. That South Park game looked really interesting, can Obsidian jump ship for publishing? It's a shame what's happening to everyone around THQ other than Volition. =\

THQ most likely owns the SP license, not Obsidian. Obsidian are guns for hire on the SP game.

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#40 Posted by dancingpolkabear (232 posts) -

@msavo said:

@Mesoian

Sega will pick up Devil's Third. Calling it now.

I think so too.

I doubt it, it's been rumored that Sega just canned Bayonetta 2, so picking up another Japanese 3rd person technical action game doesn't seem likely

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#41 Posted by Dallas_Raines (2269 posts) -

Hopefully a delay means South Park won't ship as a broken mess.

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#42 Posted by binhoker (84 posts) -

Itagaki needs to get round to toy headquarters and start doin' some of his trademark *alleged* finger fucking of their *alleged* throats.

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#43 Posted by Sackmanjones (5513 posts) -

I wonder if that INsane game is still coming…

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#44 Posted by sublime90 (562 posts) -

at this point i really hope South Park even see's the light of day. i wonder if the Saints Row expansion will release on disc or just for download?

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#45 Posted by ch3burashka (6087 posts) -

I'm in denial about the entire THQ situation. I've been 'following' the industry for only a few years, before THQ was known for being a crappy licensing factory and the source of the Destroy All Humans! franchise. It seemed that THQ had gotten on solid ground, not only making real games but real profits. From what I can tell, a handful of poor decisions has nearly demolished this almost-first-tier-but-totally-second-tier publisher, them being the Tablet and Red Faction (I can't think of any other decision that bit them in the ass quite as hard as those two). My denial mainly stems from the fact that, as was reported earlier this year, they would have been profitable if not for the Tablet, which actually brought them to the brink of bankruptcy. I simply cannot believe that a) such a decision was made, despite supposed market analyses and the like, and b) that such a decision could cause so much mayhem.

If anyone truly understands the history of THQ, please school me and the rest of the readers, because I can't fully comprehend how the dudes that made Guerrilla and Darksiders and Saints Row (all fairly profitable, from what I remember) could be so far up shit creek.

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#46 Posted by Brodehouse (10827 posts) -

Poor THQ. Sunk by a tablet.

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#47 Posted by GlockstarArmani (120 posts) -

I'm looking forward to the South Park game with great enthusiasm! i love the idea of it being an RPG, even though turn-based combat is totally not my style. I'm sure it'll be much better than that bizarre first-person shooter extravaganza on the Nintendo 64!

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#48 Posted by AhmadMetallic (19301 posts) -
@jillsandwich said:

I hope that South Park game does actually come out, it looks fucking great.

I have seen nothing of it, are we talking trailers or is there a gameplay/alpha build video somewhere?
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#49 Posted by brownsfantb (443 posts) -

Yay! Another game delayed to next year. (Not being sarcastic. I'm not going to have much time for games this Fall).

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#50 Posted by Dalai (7868 posts) -
@Sackmanjones said:
I wonder if that INsane game is still coming…
It's supposed to come out in 2013. THQ existing in 2013 seems highly unlikely as does the release of inSANE. 
 
At this point, I just hope THQ releases Darksiders II on time and then calls it a day.

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