Metro: Last Light, South Park delayed by THQ

The president of THQ has confirmed delays for Company of Heroes 2, Metro: Last Light and South Park: The Stick of Truth.

Jason Rubin confirmed during the publisher’s Q2 2013 that all three games needed a little more time in the oven in order to reach the high-quality standard expected of them.

As such, Company of Heroes 2 and Metro: Last Light will now be released in March 2013, while South Park – originally pegged for a March 5, 2013 launch – will now be released in early FY2014.

“When I joined THQ the company made a public commitment to quality titles. We always expected that in some cases this would mean that more time would be needed to make sure that every title is of the highest possible quality,” said Rubin.

"Our fourth quarter releases are the first titles that I have had the ability to materially impact, and experience told me that the games needed additional development time to be market-ready."

“Company of Heroes 2, Metro: Last Light and South Park: The Stick of Truth were all challenged and were guaranteed to fall significantly short of their design specs if they were forced to make their announced release schedules," he added.

"Additionally, in light of the aforementioned marketplace changes, even if completed, it would not have had the extra time dedicated to the polish needed to make them shine in this competitive environment. The resulting 2-month delay on each title is almost de minimis by game industry standards."

THQ last night posted a net loss of $12.1 million for Q2 2013, prompting Rubin to note that the above delays pose “further risk for the company.”

However, he remained optimistic for the future, pointing to the 10 projects that are currently being developed at the company.

via Seeking Alpha