THQ Closes Studio, Frontlines PS3 Cancelled, No More Juiced or Stuntman
THQ made a barrage of announcements yesterday as it announced an updated guidance for its third fiscal quarter, which ended on December 31, 2007, as well as for the fourth quarter, which ends on March 31, 2008. While Q3 revenue guidance was increased due to Smackdown vs. Raw 2008 and MX vs. ATV Untamed overperforming, but an underperformance by Stuntman: Ignition, Rataouille and Conan didn’t do much to help THQ.
The PlayStation 3 version of Frontlines: Fuel of War has been cancelled along with The PlayStation 2 version of Destroy All Humans!: Big Willy Unleashed. The 360 and PC versions of Frontlines shouldn’t be at all impacted by the PS3 cancellation.
One of THQ’s studios, Concrete Games, will be closed. It’s expected that the majority of the staffers will be offered jobs at other THQ studios.
Lastly, the company also announced that it will not further pursue either the Stuntman or Juiced franchises. I was never a big fan of Stuntman, but I could see its appeal. As for Juiced – good riddance, I say. It was an awful knock-off of the Need for Speed Underground games, which gave far too much attention to the underground, Fast and The Furious racing scene.