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THQ dropping Devil's Third

By Ben Strauss

THQ dropping Devil's Third

Tue 15 May 2012 9:28pm GMT / 5:28pm EDT / 2:28pm PDT

Ninja Gaiden creator's next title will not be published through THQ, confirms Brian Farrell

The long anticipated Devil's Third is going to have a tough time getting off the ground, with THQ confirming on its earnings call that the game will not be published. THQ CEO Brian Farrell announced the news, saying that the "profitability profile of Devil's Third no longer meets our internal threshold."

The future of the game, which has been in question for several months now, will now rest in whatever deal THQ might be able to reach with a third party. THQ has stated that they are in talks with other publishers about getting the game launched.

THQ has offered a few reasons as to why the game is being dropped, citing unforeseen events that have occurred during development of the game. Valhalla, Itagaki's studio working on the game, saw their engine provider go under recently, Farrell said, and he also pointed to the substantial appreciation of the Japanese Yen against the US Dollar, which did little to help things.

An interview conducted by Game Informer back in February with Devil's Third creator Tomonobu Itagaki last had it that the relationship between THQ and developer Valhalla Game Studios was going strong. Concerns about THQ's financial problems had many doubting that the game would be published by the anticipated launch window of 2013.

With THQ's restructuring, it was noted that the investment being put into the game simply did not make sense compared to other titles in THQ's lineup, the publisher noted.

The fate of the game remains on the balance, though nothing solid about a new publisher has come to light as of yet.

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Alfonso Sexto Lead Tester, Ubisoft Germany

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Damn!, where are the good news? :(

Posted:4 years ago


Greg Wilcox Creator, Destroy All Fanboys!

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This reminds me of the end of 3DO, with Devil's Third being this generation's Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (another canceled game I really wanted to see completed). Hopefully, DT will be given a new life elsewhere and time to be completed as well...

Posted:4 years ago

The question is what is the survivability of Valhalla games. surely they have a few IPs they can focus works/efforts on to eventually see Devils thrid through

Posted:4 years ago


Rick Lopez Illustrator, Graphic Designer

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THQ I bought Saints Row the 3rd full price and all its DLC... And you have my money for the new SR3rd expansion and darksiders 2. Hope that helps your economic situation, so dont go under just yet. And bad news about devil's third. I was really hoping to check it out.

Posted:4 years ago


Andrew Ihegbu Studying Bsc Commercial Music, University of Westminster

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The thing is that games like the Cthulhu series and Sins of a Solar Empire have been massive sellers before when any profit minded big publisher would have probably dismissed it as unworthy of investment. There is such thing as scaling down the marketing and so forth to make it feasible to actually just get the game out there and see if it takes off with the industry and I think that Devils Third could quite easily be one of those games that the gamers buy without having to be marketed to.

Posted:4 years ago


David Radd Senior Editor, IndustryGamers

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THQ did add that this isn't a quality issue, just an unfortunate economic one. Hopefully, someone will be a white knight and publish the game, the way Square Enix swooped in to pick up True Crime (now Sleeping Dogs).

Posted:4 years ago

well if its a right fit, Squeenix is in the black atm

Posted:4 years ago


Fyzard Brown Sales Associate, VideoGameAdvantage

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He can see how his relations with Microsoft still are. At least it would still be released though exclusive.

Posted:4 years ago


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