Written by Erik Kubik, kube00 Friday, 13 April 2012 09:00
As most gamers know THQ has a lot riding on the success of Darksiders II. The game is supposed to come out in early summer. But there has been some disturbing recent news.
As of right now its possible Darksiders II has been delayed, gamers everywhere are praying its not something worse. In a RipTen interview with THQ EVP, Danny Bilson, he was asked by Michael Futter of RipTen if Darksiders II would still make the June 26th release. A THQ PR rep stepped in and answered, "Honestly, I can’t confirm that right now. The team is actually on the road. I can get back to you." This could be dire news for gamers. The RipTen interview also mentions THQ’s stocks have fallen to $0.50 a share and the company is under notice from Nasdaq. THQ needs to get their shares above a $1.00 before a July 23rd deadline. A delay like this might not make it possible for the company to recover.
THQ has not been doing well. In 2011 alone they released several promising titles, two of these were Homefront and Red Faction Armageddon. Both games were met with poor reviews and THQ’s stocks took a dive. THQ thus ended the Red Faction franchise and decided it was time to kill off the MX vs ATV franchise. 2011 also saw the release of the peripheral known as uDraw tablets. And although the tablets were initially successful on the Wii, the 360 and PS3 versions didn’t sell well. According to Wikipedia, over 1.4 million UDraws were un-sold, which meant a $100 million loss for THQ. Once again, THQ cut its losses and announced in early 2012 they will no longer support uDraw.
2011 wasn’t all bad news for THQ. two of their other games -- Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine and Saints Row 3 -- were THQ’s biggest successes of 2011. Both of those games received great reviews and Saints Row 3 sold 3.8 million units by the end of January 2012.
Darksiders II could save the company if it sells a few million copies at least. If Darksiders II doesn't sell well, this might mean the end for THQ. The first Darksiders sold well. From the previews of the second game it appears to be a lot of fun with much of the same mechanics of the first games. The summer is pretty light on blockbuster releases. The only two potential competitors in June and July are Spec Ops: The Line and the new Amazing Spider Man game. Summer months are usually slow for video games and by opting to release Darksiders II here, THQ can avoid the overcrowded fall rush. Hopefully everything works out for Darksiders II’s release date, not just for the company but for fanes of the series.