THQ Stock Plunges Due to Homefront Review Scores, THQ Fights Back By Revealing Beefy Homefront First-Day Sales Nos.
A few sites posted Homefront reviews before the review embargo went up yesterday, and on the strength of those uniformly high scores, the game was looking pretty good. Once the embargo lifted, though, and everyone else weighed in (including us), the average score fell, an the Metacritic number is now at 72.
This caused a scare among shareholders, being that Homefront is the biggest production in the publisher’s history, and the company’s stock dropped 21% yesterday.
In an attempt, presumably, to stem the tide of bad news, THQ today announced the game’s first-day sales numbers. They say it sold 375,000 copies yesterday in North America, which is a pretty beefy number; that’s more than Bulletstorm sold in its first week. And they’re trying to maintain that kind of financial momentum by offering the game as significant discounts through some retailers. They’re also talking up how busy their servers are.
This is an intriguing saga. We’ll keep watching.