No one likes delays, especially when the delays are for titles that really looked interesting and titles we were really looking forward to Metro: Last Light and South Park for instance. Another blow is that some of these delays aren’t simply a short move of around a month for the one title we talking years here. See below for details.
Yes the president of THQ has confirmed that three titles which were scheduled for late 2012 and very early 2013 releases have been pushed back to quarter 2 of 2013. The three titles are Metro: Last Light, South Park: The Stick of Truth and Company of Heroes 2.
Company of Heroes 2 and Metro: Last Light will now be released in March 2013, while South Park – originally pegged for a March 5, 2013 launch – will now be released in early FY2014! That is one serious delay, perhaps to be delayed to the PS4?
Jason Rubin confirmed during the publisher’s Q2 2013 that all three games needed a little more time in the oven in order to reach the high-quality standard expected of them.
“When I joined THQ the company made a public commitment to quality titles. We always expected that in some cases this would mean that more time would be needed to make sure that every title is of the highest possible quality,” said Rubin. “Our fourth quarter releases are the first titles that I have had the ability to materially impact, and experience told me that the games needed additional development time to be market-ready.”
“Additionally, in light of the aforementioned marketplace changes, even if completed, it would not have had the extra time dedicated to the polish needed to make them shine in this competitive environment. The resulting 2-month delay on each title is almost de minimis by game industry standards.”
On another note THQ have just posted a net loss of $12.1 million for Q2 2013, the above delays may not have come at a worst time and is risky for the the company.