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Recent Articles: Metro: Last Light
Sony has made up for last week’s paltry PlayStation Store update with a treasure trove of new titles in this yesterday’s update.
Leading the way is Deep Silver’s post-apocalyptic FPS, Metro: Last Light. Also now available is the “final release” of Dust 514. The Eve Online spinoff has been in open beta since January, but now CCP Games is ready to call the game “finished” (or as finished as an ever-evolving MMO can be). If you’d prefer a little more pinball in your sci-fi, this week also sees the standalone release of Star Wars Pinball on the PS3 and the Vita.
Let’s see, what else… Another Rockstar title has been added to the PS2 Classics collection, Manhunt, their “most dangerous game.”
After a bit of a delay after original publisher THQ went bankrupt, Metro: Last Light is ready to be released in stores this week. New publisher Deep Silver is giving the Russian-set shooter the red carpet treatment and will release the game on the PC, PS3, and Xbox 360 this week.
Also available this week is Nancy Drew: Ghost of Thornton Hall, a point-and-click adventure for the PC.
With the first half of the THQ auction complete, many of the publisher’s former projects are being added to the 2013 calendar. And with today’s announcement from Deep Silver, it looks like Metro: Last Light will be the first one to make its way to stores.
The sequel to Metro 2033 will be released for the PC, PS3, and Xbox 360 on May 14 (May 17 in Europe) in a special Limited Edition. THQ originally planned to ship the game this month, but Deep Silver plans to use the extra time to allow developer 4A Games a chance to make Last Light “even better.”
“The new release date is the ideal way to strike the balance between bringing the best out of Metro: Last Light and not keep the fans waiting longer than necessary,” said Dr. Klemens Kundratitz, CEO of Koch Media. “We won’t leave that time unexploited and will work closely together with 4A Games to make the game even better. It will receive all the attention it deserves.”
Deep Silver also purchased the rights to Saints Row 4 at the THQ auction, hopefully we learn more about that one soon.
The THQ asset auction concluded yesterday and the fate of the company was sealed as the cumulative bids for the publisher’s studios surpassed the $60 million offered by Clearlake Capitol Group. Here’s the complete list of who bought what and for how much:
Relic Entertainment (including Company of Heroes franchise)
Sega – $26.6 million
THQ Montreal (including 1666 and Underdog)
Ubisoft – $2.5 million
Evolve (Turtle Rock-developed FPS)
Take-Two Interactive – $10.894 million
Volition (and Saints Row franchise)
Deep Silver (Koch Media) – $22,312,925
Crytek – $544,218
Deep Silver (Koch Media) – $5,877,551
South Park: The Stick of Truth
Ubisoft – $3,265,306
How this auction will affect the release dates of South Park: The Stick of Truth, Metro: Last Light, and Company of Heroes 2 (all were scheduled to be released within the next three months) remains to be seen.
Vigil Studios (and the Darksiders franchise) and the rights to produce games based on the WWE went unsold. Presumably, they’ll continue to be included with THQ’s Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing.
THQ is still in the middle of a financial crisis. The publisher posted their quarterly financial numbers today and revealed that they lost $20 million in the three month period ending September 30. But, this is an improvement over the $92 million loss they suffered in the same quarter in 2011.
Because of their continued money woes, THQ has delayed a trio of titles that would have launched in early 2013. Company of Heroes 2 and Metro: Last Light, which were both scheduled to launch very early in the year, will now be released in March. South Park: The Stick of Truth will also miss its planned release date, moving from March 5 to “early fiscal 2014,” which means it’ll be released sometime between April 1, 2013 and June 30, 2013.
THQ President Jason Rubin had this to say about South Park’s delay: “I believe South Park’s market opportunity is significant. It is shaping up to be one of the most anticipated titles of calendar 2013. It is also an expansive title, encompassing multiple television seasons’ worth of content. We have been working closely with the co-creators of South Park, Matt Stone and Trey Parker, to make sure all of the game’s content performs to the high standards of the TV show, and this takes time. THQ is committed to giving gamers no less than the rich South Park game they have been waiting for and deserve.”
Despite being one of the games featured on the Wii U third-party showreel video at Nintendo’s E3 press conference last year, Metro: Last Light has been demoted to “no longer confirmed” for the new system. The news comes from Mark Madsen, global brand manager at financially troubled developer THQ:
“As we got along in the development process, we just really wanted to focus on what we knew, focus on PS3, 360 and PC… The verdict is out on what we can do to maximise the code for the Wii U, and we’ll see [what happens].”
Set to unveil the Wii U at E3 in less than a week, the news comes as a small blow to Nintendo (but it doesn’t completely shut the door on Metrod: Last Light coming to the Wii U). The announcement also poses more questions about the diminishing third-party publisher and makes us ask if other THQ titles due to launch on the Wii U, such as Darksiders II, will ever see the light of day.
[Source: Digital Spy]
After playing a video showing some of the industry’s top developers singing the praises of the Wii U, Nintendo unveiled the third party lineup that’ll be available for the system:
- Aliens: Colonial Marines
- Darksiders II (which will be a launch title)
- Dirt for Wii U
- Metro: Last Light
- Ninja Gaiden III: Razor’s Edge (working title)
- Tekken for Wii U (with a stylus-powered character creator)
- Batman: Arkham City (which elicited cheers from the crowd)
- Assassin’s Creed for Wii U
- Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Online
- Unnamed Electronics Arts games
- Unnamed EA Sports games
So basically, every hot PS3 and Xbox 360 game is also in development for the Wii U. While BioShock Infinite wasn’t on the list, Irrational’s Ken Levine was included in the developer montage and seemed very impressed with the Wii U.
After a flurry of announcements this week, THQ has finally unveiled their complete E3 lineup. Aside from the new stuff like Metro: Last Light, WWE ’12 and UFC Undisputed 3, this is the same lineup of games THQ talked about last year.
Sadly, there appears to be no mention of the publisher’s more distant projects like Darksiders II, Devil’s Third, Guillermo Del Toro’s Insane and the Turtle Rock-developed first person shooter.
You can check out THQ’s complete lineup after the break. (more…)