In an interview with Games Industry International, THQ's new boss Jason Rubin has outlined the company's strategy following months of financial uncertainty. And hardcore gamers are going to like it.
No more casual games, no more iOS and Android mobile titles, no more bullshit U-Draw. Instead, they're going to be focusing on hardcore and Triple-A titles like Metro: Last Light, Darksiders 2, South Park: The Stick of Truth, and so on.
"One of the things I plan on doing is making a much more concise portfolio," he said. "I will not expand into the money I have because I want to keep this money around for a rainy day. So THQ is going to be a lot more careful with what it does and a little less cavalier. You won't be seeing another uDraw. We're not going to be doing side projects in mobile or casual. You're not going to see that stuff."
And: "Take a look at [South Park] Stick of Truth. A lot of people are talking about it, excited about it. That's not a blockbuster. Graphically, it's not going to compete with Call of Duty, but it's a really cool game. Metro's gotten a lot of nominations for Best in Show. Company of Heroes, the sequel to the highest rated RTS of all time.
"There are good things to do. [Saints Row developer] Volition has an incredible amount of talent. I think that if they had been fostered in the same way that Naughty Dog was at Sony, given the tools that they needed to succeed, that there would be a much much more successful title there."
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