In THQ’s Q1 conference call, they announced that Del Toro’s first foray into gaming, InSane, has been shelved with all IP rights returned.
THQ President Jason Rubin had this to say:
“We have decided not to pursue further pre-production on Insane, and have returned all of our IP rights to Guillermo del Toro. By cancelling these explorations outside of our core business, we feel we can improve focus on our core game portfolio, which remains unchanged.”
Not much was ever known about the game, which seemed to be in pre-production, no screenshots were ever released. Del Toro said in late 2011 that the game was likely two to three years away from being finished.
Other news to come out of the conference call was much more positive, confirming the THQ are rebounding from the financial disasters they’ve been suffering in recent years. CEO Brian Farrell announced:
“We have made significant progress reshaping the company. With the changes implemented over the last several months, we are in a much better position today to deliver on our pipeline of games, beginning with Darksiders II, which launches next week in North America,”
Their upcoming release line up looks pretty solid with Darksiders II, WWE 13, Company of Heroes 2, Metro: Last Light and South Park: The Stick of Truth. Hopefully things are looking up for the publisher/developer. Looking forward to the future, Rubin said:
“Beyond our announced titles, in the last 60 days, all 4 of our internal studios began working on new titles that represent the type of product we believe will make THQ successful in the future,”
It’s a shame Del Toro’s game has been shelved, it was exciting to see what he could achieve in this new medium but it’s reassuring to see THQ back from the brink.