News: Three major THQ releases delayed

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Delays are rarely a good sign and today THQ announced three of its releases for 2013 will be pushed back a few months for polishing. Company of Heroes 2 and Metro: Last Light will hit shelves March 2013 followed by South Park: The Stick of Truth in mid 2013.

Will Company of Heroes 2 turn the tide for the battling publisher?

THQ certainly is having its fair share of problems. After losing the rights to distribute long time associate Capcom’s titles a few months ago and the closing of its Asia-Pacific offices in Melbourne last month, it’s now looking to consolidate its position in the industry. Taking into account the caliber of the three titles in question we’re hoping the delays are a calculated move to bolster the next financial year for the troubled publisher and help it to claw its way back on track rather than hammering a few more nails in the coffin.

Given the success and popularity of creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone’s previous ventures, and what I’ve actually seen in action with gameplay an almost perfect mirror of the TV series, gamers of all interests should be excited about the release of South Park: The Stick of Truth. Known RPG specialist developer Obsidian Entertanment should be able to provide enough depth to keep the hardcore entertained with the widespread appeal of South Park enough to lure in the casual gamer.

Throw in the much loved Company of Heroes franchise, highly regarded as one of the best strategy titles of all time and the decidedly different in tone Metro: Last Light, dealing with a decimated Earth, scare supplies and even bullets utilised as a unit of currency and THQ have three rock solid releases to help it bounce back from its current woes.

We’ve got our fingers crossed THQ is erring on the side of caution to ensure the highest quality releases for 2013. We’ve always been a huge supporter of this battler and under-appreciated publisher and hope this marks a positive turn around as 2012 draws to a close.

Will Metro: Last Light prove it’s always darkest before the dawn?

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Dave Kozicki

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Video game reviewer, presenter and enthusiast. Film and TV-aholic. Pop culture geek. T-shirt and sneaker addict. All around nice guy and one hell of a sexy beast. Writer for Official PlayStation Magazine AU, AusGamers and Hyper Magazine.
  • spanners

    bugger i was looking forward to south park and company of heroes 2 as well. well better let out final and finished rather than launching a shit load of patches afterwards to compensate there fuck up’s like “Other” gaming companies……