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THQ Cutting Yearly Core Titles In Half

We've been talking recently about the concept of quality vs. quantity at PSXE, and yet another publisher has decided to embrace the quality side. It's THQ, who says they plan to cut down the number of "core gamer projects" they release each year.

According to GameSpot, the publisher announced this new plan at the BMO Capital Markets Interactive Entertainment Conference, as THQ CEO Brian Farrell said their new business model only has room for "one or two core gamer products" in any given year, which is about half of what they typically produce. Farrell says it's about focusing their efforts: "When we focus--as we did with Saints Row 2 and Saints Row--we win," he said. Of course, THQ probably won't institute this new model until 2010 as there are already four projects on tap for 2009: Red Faction: Guerilla, Darksiders: Wrath of War, Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War 2 and the PC expansion, Company of Heroes: Tales of Valor. This year, after Saints Row 2, which just released last month, they have SmackDown vs. Raw 2009 scheduled for November. But in the future, they're going to cut down on the number of released titles and try to increase the inherent quality of a few select projects.

We figure there's nothing wrong with that, especially if they can finally produce a Saints Row that can compete with Rockstar's Grand Theft Auto franchise. This may happen with Saints Row 3, as THQ has already said the third entry will take an all-new direction. Anyway, it seems like everyone is embracing the idea of quality over quantity in this new generation, and as we're already swamped with stuff to play, we won't complain.

11/13/2008 John Shepard

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Comments (8 posts)

WaR_HaWk
Thursday, November 13, 2008 @ 11:14:36 PM
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THQ games are crap.

Last edited by WaR_HaWk on 11/13/2008 11:14:57 PM

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MetalHead09
Thursday, November 13, 2008 @ 11:35:49 PM
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thq aint that bad, they can still put out quality games and they still do.

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Jed
Friday, November 14, 2008 @ 1:55:13 AM
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"...it seems like everyone is embracing the idea of quality over quantity in this new generation..."

Except for nintendo

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MetalHead09
Friday, November 14, 2008 @ 3:24:49 AM

lol

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Friday, November 14, 2008 @ 10:20:22 AM

;)

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CH1N00K
Friday, November 14, 2008 @ 8:38:03 AM
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I think we're going to see a lot more of this with an economic downturn. A gaming company would rather put out 1-2 really great games that sell really well, as opposed to 3-4 mediocre games that sell okay. Although I'm just trying to think of the last THQ game I actually played...I don't remember... I think it was on the PS2..oh wait I did rent Stuntman once, but didn't think it was good enough to justify buying it.

Last edited by CH1N00K on 11/14/2008 8:41:26 AM

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djjake
Friday, November 14, 2008 @ 12:11:49 PM
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smackdown to me has gotten worse every time, they seem to add tiny bits and remove something else

i hate that you can't go backstage, that weapons disappear after 4 hits, the controls are rubbish

seems they taken these away to add dismantling the announcement desk, arguing with the ref, and better graphics

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WorldEndsWithMe
Friday, November 14, 2008 @ 10:39:05 PM
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THQ seems to be obsessed with "war" named games. At any rate they aren't all crap, THQ can put out a good game but as John indicated they have been all about quantity in the past.

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