Saints Row: The Third
THQ Renews Core Focus and Ditches the Licensed Kids' Games
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With THQ reportedly giving up a licensing deal with Disney to publish several children's properties, the publisher has today issued a new mission statement that reveals a renewed focus on its "core game franchises" rather than "traditional kids' licensed video games."

Apparently, THQ will also focus on "digital initiatives" despite closing its digital studio in the UK, as well as focusing on properties like Darksiders, UFC, Company of Heroes, Warhammer 40,000, Guillermo Del Toro's inSANE and Saints Row. There's also ex-Ubisoft man Patrice Desilet's in-production project, which is alongside the aforementioned titles as "key franchises" for THQ looking ahead.

Saints Row: The Third has also been a huge success for THQ in spite of its otherwise ailing fortunes, shipping 3.8 million copies since its launch in November 2011. It's hoped that the nutty open-world romp will achieve lifetime sales of 5-6 million, augmented by the game's Season Pass initiative.

[Via Joystiq]


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Comment #1 by mikefizzled
Wednesday, January 25, 2012 @ 09:46:13 AM
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Great news for actual gamers.

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Comment #2 by Barad
Wednesday, January 25, 2012 @ 09:52:01 AM
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Always a good sign that they;ll focus on real games now.

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Comment #3 by Aversion
Wednesday, January 25, 2012 @ 09:56:35 AM
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Comment #4 by WonderCaliban
Wednesday, January 25, 2012 @ 09:57:45 AM
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Good news!

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Comment #5 by MakoBallistic
Wednesday, January 25, 2012 @ 10:00:48 AM
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Hopefully this means the next Saints Row will be back up to the glorious level of content that Saints Row 2 offered. No doubt the DLC will still suck though.

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Comment #6 by Damodar Thade
Wednesday, January 25, 2012 @ 10:08:06 AM
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I wish hollywood would ditch all the kids movies, thats what disney is for :p

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Comment #7 by MattyHustedUk
Wednesday, January 25, 2012 @ 10:13:56 AM
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wonder if WWE brawl is cancelled?

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Comment #8 by JJBDude
Wednesday, January 25, 2012 @ 10:19:58 AM
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So I just bought my uDraw tablet to use for only the 3 games currently available, that's a shame.

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Comment #9 by Runny
Wednesday, January 25, 2012 @ 10:41:35 AM
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best news i've heard all day

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Comment #10 by Bucksea
Wednesday, January 25, 2012 @ 10:47:00 AM
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And achievement hunters shed a tear

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Comment #11 by Infomouse
Wednesday, January 25, 2012 @ 10:47:33 AM
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At least someone gets it!

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Comment #12 by DeepInfern0
Wednesday, January 25, 2012 @ 10:55:09 AM
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THQ have my respect now :)

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Comment #13 by Andreas_loel
Wednesday, January 25, 2012 @ 10:56:21 AM
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Good decision this shows that THQ isnt gonna bend over and take it in the ass for cash, leave that to EA and other mainstream shit companies

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Comment #14 by Brengun
Wednesday, January 25, 2012 @ 10:56:47 AM
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I hope that works out for them, I'd rather support them than the likes of EA. If they keep publishing games like Space Marine and Darksiders then I'm in.

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Comment #15 by TrishTheDish
Wednesday, January 25, 2012 @ 10:58:52 AM
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Yeah, I'm really sure it's the Season Pass that's responsible for all the Saint's Row The Third sales and not the awesome game itself.... I hate modern day gaming so much.

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Comment #16 by Rancidblaze
Wednesday, January 25, 2012 @ 11:24:28 AM
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Blinged out ride & protect the pimp are where it's @

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Comment #17 by TakahashiDemon
Wednesday, January 25, 2012 @ 11:37:04 AM
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@7 Seeing since UFC is still there, I don't see reason why WWE won't.. not exactly a kid's game by age ratings.

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Comment #18 by dementedlullaby
Wednesday, January 25, 2012 @ 11:46:30 AM
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Looking forward to more Warhammer 40k games!

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Comment #19 by DragonessAthena
Wednesday, January 25, 2012 @ 12:02:10 PM
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I've got some of their Disney games since I'm a Disney fan, and frankly, the Disney games THQ made are insulting. Even a 4 year old wouldn't be entertained by them.

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Comment #20 by Capn Doug
Wednesday, January 25, 2012 @ 12:11:03 PM
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@15 they said that the Season Pass would augment profits, not that it was responsible for sales.

I'm actually a little sad about the news. I thought that THQ did a decent job with games like Kung Fu Panda.

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Comment #21 by JIrish780
Wednesday, January 25, 2012 @ 12:23:53 PM
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But the Superhero Squad: Infinity Gauntlet game was good fun, and had better story pacing than the last Ultimate Alliance. Oh, well.

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Comment #22 by ViNyLek
Wednesday, January 25, 2012 @ 12:49:26 PM
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That is the sort of statement I would like to read from Microsoft, but I know that won't happen LOL. Darksiders and Warhammer are one of the best franchises out there IMO and I can't wait to see what Insane game really is about=)

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Comment #23 by Sarcastro
Wednesday, January 25, 2012 @ 01:01:49 PM
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Giving up the Disney license? That's basically throwing money away.

THQ is totally closing.

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Comment #24 by Verdinial
Wednesday, January 25, 2012 @ 01:49:07 PM
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I doubt THQ will drop WWE, seeing as they have finally got it back to what it used to be with WWE12, everyone who loved the originals loved this one.

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Comment #25 by atomic viking54
Wednesday, January 25, 2012 @ 03:36:17 PM
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sweet. if only other companys did this lol

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Comment #26 by PhoenixTemplar
Wednesday, January 25, 2012 @ 03:43:20 PM
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@13 - Actually THQ is dropping the kids games because they aren't making the expected sales figures. Remember, THQ is a company, and as long as those games were making them money, you can bet your ass they would keep making them.

THQ has really been dropping the ball lately, to the point that the only title they have coming out that I care about is Darksiders 2.

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Comment #27 by cheevo360
Wednesday, January 25, 2012 @ 03:51:20 PM
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Yeah great decision THQ. I loved Saints Row the Third in every moment this game got and WWE '12 is really good game too.

Darksiders II, Metro: Last Light and WWE '13 this year will be good again for THQ. Maybe Homefront 2 coming this year or 2013? I hope new devs who working on Homefront 2 from what THQ said in last Summer if I cam correct so I hope they improvements over what other devs did with Homefront.

#7 No it not gonna be because it is WWE and WWE videogames own to THQ. So I am sure this game will come out before WWE' 13 like last year WWE All Stars released before WWE '12 :)

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Comment #28 by DeepInfern0
Wednesday, January 25, 2012 @ 04:03:46 PM
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@27 Homefront 2 won't come out until 2013 or 2014 :)

I think this is really good for THQ to do this, I know they weren't making a lot of money from those Kids' games but this means us gamers can get a better experience whilst playing their games. Maybe the games that weren't so good will get the love they deserve.

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Comment #29 by tripleb2k
Wednesday, January 25, 2012 @ 04:23:00 PM
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I'd love Company of Heroes on consoles! That's such a fun game.

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Comment #30 by USAMarine81
Wednesday, January 25, 2012 @ 04:36:21 PM
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@#16 Damn right! Lol

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Comment #31 by Dazz
Wednesday, January 25, 2012 @ 04:37:56 PM
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Don't think they'll drop WWE games even though a vast number of the fanbase hated WWE '12 and THQ's poor excuse for servers and have planned to not buy WWE '13 (in some cases stating they won't buy another THQ game ever again)

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Comment #32 by twister844
Wednesday, January 25, 2012 @ 05:33:46 PM
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I can't believe THQ EVER thought it was a good idea to release a drawing peripheral for Xbox. Completely ridiculous.

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Comment #33 by francisrossi
Wednesday, January 25, 2012 @ 05:43:24 PM
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Next Saints Row not crippled then? The most fun of the three also seemed the most rushed. Perhaps sacking the developers during the game's development period wasn't a great idea?

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Comment #34 by Solomon Fuere
Wednesday, January 25, 2012 @ 05:45:40 PM
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As long as everything they make doesn't end up a grey and grey grimdark shooter.

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Comment #35 by StillTIPPIN187
Wednesday, January 25, 2012 @ 07:41:00 PM
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they should give up those lame WWE games.. Only Kids by them as well.. and im officially done renting them. Smackdown 12 was better than any other SD! games on the current gen xbox, but still sucked in comparison to Here comes the Pain!

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Comment #36 by Coruba
Wednesday, January 25, 2012 @ 09:21:22 PM
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I didn't like the warhammer game or that they seemed to rush release it then offer dlc to fix it up.

I also bought homefront and loved it before they canned the studio and any chance of the promised single player dlc packs.

In short THQ can F*#k off. They lost a customer here.

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Comment #37 by dementedlullaby
Wednesday, January 25, 2012 @ 09:57:07 PM
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Warhammer 40k Space Marine was alright but the better games are on the PC. Dawn of War is a fantastic RTS experience and the sequel was imo a lot of fun. It was Relics first shooter and it shows. I think they did a good job of representing the Ultramarines though in SM though.

As far as mp laggy wasn't worth much time.

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Comment #38 by Aussie27Legend
Thursday, January 26, 2012 @ 12:37:20 AM
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When the heck are we gonna get some more info on InSane, I want that game so bad.

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Comment #39 by Brengun
Thursday, January 26, 2012 @ 03:22:20 AM
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@37 Its not laggy now. I've been playing it every day for the last few weeks and haven't noticed any major problems. Quite a lot of people still playing too.

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