Bilson coy about confirming actual release dates
In the wake of recent financial troubles, it appears that THQ may need to delay the releases of Darksiders II and its upcoming South Park RPG.
In an interview with RipTen, executive vice president for core games Danny Bilson talked about the company’s hardships and the effects they could have on their production schedule.
With the deadline for their NASDAQ compliance looming and the announcement of huge layoffs at developer Vigil Games, Bilson was asked if Darksiders II would make its scheduled release of June 26. “The team is working really, really hard. We’re not going to ship it before it’s done,” he vaguely replied. “No one who was on any critical path on Darksiders was let go, and no one was let go before they finished their tasks on Darksiders. There’s absolutely no compromise on the Darksiders product whatsoever.”
When asked about South Park, Bilson was slightly more revealing with the process behind its production. While he said that the game is “absolutely” on track and moving along, he did express that the RPG might be on the verge of missing its 2012 release.
“It’s going to be very close,” he stated. “Because that game is being written by Matt [Stone] and Trey [Parker], some of the production process ebbs and flows with their schedule. They are in the middle of a season right now, and (it) takes them out for a couple of months at a time. Matt and Trey won’t ship until it’s their vision of this ultimate role playing game. Once all the pieces are together, we’ll announce a date and we’ll ship it.”
Still, in the face of potential production delays, Bilson is confident in the game’s quality.
“It’ll absolutely be the funniest game ever made. There’s no two ways about it.”
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