The lights are on
THQ announced South Park: The Stick of Truth has been delayed. The game was originally scheduled for release on March 5, 2013. The game has been pushed to early fiscal 2014. THQ's 2014 fiscal year begins April 2013 and ends March 2014. [Update: THQ said the title has been delayed 2 months]
Company of Heroes 2 and Metro: Last Light are both planned to ship in March 2013.
Below is a statement about the delay from THQ president Jason Rubin:
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. 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.
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.
THQ is excited about our position and pipeline of games beyond fiscal 2013, including the sequel for Saints Row: The Third, Homefront 2 and the as-yet-unannounced game from Turtle Rock Studios. In total we have ten titles in development for fiscal 2014 and later, almost all of which are based on our own IP. We intend to announce more details about our future slate in the coming months.
I firmly believe releasing our fourth quarter titles without extra time for polish in the current environment would lead to underperformance that could in turn lead to future additional capital shortfalls. But extending development schedules in order to make the best possible titles also has financial implications. Yet there can be no doubt which path has the greatest chance of leading to the long-term success of the company. We must follow the course that generates the highest quality games, and will establish THQ as a mark of quality for the consumer.
I hope it comes out but this spells doom for this game to me.
just...get it...right....i dont care how long it takes.
That's sad news to hear about South Park. I would gladly wait for a finished and polished game though. South Park is one of my favorite shows so with that said please take your time THQ and make South Park the mostest kickassestest game evar11!!
From the earlier interviews I got the feeling that a lot of personal attention and intent was going into the game. I can't wait to see the finished product as they want it to be, not what it has to be just to fit a schedule.
really tho? they pushed it back cuz they know gta v is gonna dominate for at least 2 years lol
SON OF A b*tch!
I wonder if this game will be less glitch filled and more polished then past Obsidian games. I did like some of the games they made by the way.
Jason Rubin means business. No, really, he seems to have a good business sense.
Noooooo! As bummed as I am, I'm okay with it. A delayed game that is polished is much better than a buggy game that has been rushed and released too soon. Still excited for this game!
Can't wait for this and a delay is annoying but as long as the game is great then i'm happy for them to delay it.
Well better late than never!!!
Geez, delayed, delayed, delayed.
Obsidian is usually timely with their releases. I hope the extra time helps.
As long as it ends up being a good game, I don't care when it comes out.
omfg really thought it was coming out tomorrow guess not. *** wtf