South Park: The Game delayed to 2013

Obsidian-developed role-playing game pushed to next year as THQ posts $239.9 million loss for fiscal year; Saints Row: The Third ships 4.25 million, expansion coming in September.

South Park: The Game will not ship this fall as was previously announced. THQ today announced that the Obsidian Entertainment-developed role-playing game has slid to a release date of sometime during the first three months of 2013.

Cartman and pals aren't making it out this year.

The publisher did not provide a reason for the delay, and as of press time, the company had not responded to GameSpot's request for comment.

The news comes as part of THQ's latest financial report, which saw the company's net sales for the 12 months ended March 31 rise to $830.8 million, up from the $665.3 million recorded a year ago. It wasn't all rosy for THQ, as the company posted a net loss of $239.9 million for the period, worse than the $136.1 million hit the firm took the year prior.

The company's digital business was a boon for THQ, as revenues in this sector for the year spiked 62 percent to $59 million.

THQ also parsed statistics and let loose some new information for some of its biggest brands. The company said Saints Row: The Third has shipped more than 4.25 million units since its launch in November. Additionally, THQ revealed that the Enter the Dominatrix expansion for Saints Row: The Third will arrive this September. Previously, it was expected sometime this fall.

The company also broke down shipment figures for its major fighting games. THQ said WWE 12 has shipped more than 2.2 million units since its launch in November 2011, up about 20 percent over the previous year's game. Additionally, UFC Undisputed 3 has shipped 1.4 million units since it debuted in February, the company said.

In terms of platform revenue, the Xbox 360 proved most successful for THQ. Microsoft's home console accounted for 36.7 percent of total sales, generating $306.42 million in the process. The PlayStation 3 came in second place, accounting for 27.4 percent of the share, totaling $229.2 million. The Nintendo Wii (14.3 percent share, $119.5 million) and the PlayStation 2 (.4 share, $3.3 million) rounded out the rest.

THQ unveiled a new, streamlined business strategy earlier this year, and today, the company said when the plan is fully realized in fiscal 2013, it is expected to result in a reduction of costs totaling $180 million. Additionally, THQ said it has reduced its commitments to children's licensed properties by about $30 million and reiterated that it is no longer creating software or hardware for the uDraw GameTablet.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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93 comments
leftnotracks
leftnotracks

“…and the PlayStation 2 (.4 share, $3.3 million) rounded out the rest.”

 

How many other platforms can there be for the remaining 21.2% if no other platform accounted for more than 0.4% of revenue?

MelodicMizery
MelodicMizery

im excited for this game i wish it would come sooner. also note that these guys are by far from losing any money what so ever, when u read articles like this it doesnt mean they lost money it means they didnt make as much profit as before, or didnt make as much profit as they expected. so when it says loss, there is no loss per say, its just not what they expected.

Norrie91
Norrie91

Aww man, this was actually looking like it'd be a GOOD South Park game too!

JC_AEK4ever
JC_AEK4ever

$830 millions from sales and they still have a $240 million loss? I am sure the money did not go to the developers. Maybe they need to spend the money we give them in less ads and more quality in games?

ZachBobBob
ZachBobBob

This is the third game now this week announced to be delayed till next year. Is this a new fad?

Chefjase
Chefjase

THQ and South Park? Let's see... future Gamespot rating 5.0

The voicework and graphics are impressive, but the gamesplay is shallow and buggy. bla bla bla...only true die hard fans will find value in this otherwise unremarkable use of the South Park license. On the other hand, I really hope this game is good, as a die-hard fan of anything South Park. I'm still holding onto a little hope, but a the few THQ titles I've played have been all flash and little substance.

Stonecutters908
Stonecutters908

Crap, I really hope THQ can stay afloat long enough to get this game out the door.

mtait01
mtait01

I though this game got canned because of financial reasons?? I am so glad that it hasnt though :D

willsoonbegone
willsoonbegone

As long as they release it before they go under...

marskeiko
marskeiko

do not mind the delay as long as they are using the time to make it better. Sucks that they do not provide a reason for the delay though.

staranise
staranise

YOU BASTARDS! frankly i liked the Chef Luv Shack game O(≧∇≦)O ..i wish they upgraded that instead of an rpg type game (~_~;)

cstv
cstv

dammit....i want to play as Cartman, why so many delays now a days??

BlackBaldwin
BlackBaldwin

Mark my words the south park rpg games gonna be glitchy and just horrible don't waste your money on it.  Obsidian barely rarely ever makes any good games independantly and always needs someone to hold their hand I won't be surprised the game gets a 5 when the game finally releases...

AzelKosMos
AzelKosMos

I really can't wait for the South Park RPG. I have it pre-ordered already. Go underated Obsidian, Go!

Speuj
Speuj

Sweet!!!  I thought they had canned this one...

Raxyman
Raxyman

I wouldn't mind if this game were delayed... Forever...

 

Obsidia could be working on some more high profile games but... If they want this, let's wait.

lpsyco666
lpsyco666

next gen is coming in 2013..for sure...

TTDog
TTDog

Screw those guys... I'm going home.

nocturnalkisses
nocturnalkisses

who the hell wants a south park game? I don't think anyone is losing sleep over this game being delayed.

moonlightwolf01
moonlightwolf01

Will be sad if THQ die if only because of saints row and darksiders. Obsidain are one of the few devs that might be able to pull off a south park rpg, they seem to have the right sense of humour but its not exactly a big priority for me.

Triton
Triton

South Park going to be delayed, m'kay.

JakeX28
JakeX28

I really hope THQ can sort this out. They have some great games and I'm a fan. It would be really dissapointing to see them go...

 

I don't care about the South Park game though

pszone
pszone

Well THQ got make money  and since its a psn and xboxlive title thats not gd enough to reasle it next year .  Thq could face the axe and going out bussiness, only time will tell but im  dont think south park sell anyways.

BillyColeman
BillyColeman

eh i hope thay just dump this junk theres never been a good South Park game. and im in shock the dumb show sticks around

BryanParksSuper
BryanParksSuper

Just give South Park RPG to anougher Developer and Publisher. THQ only knows wrestling games. THQ is goin go out of bussiness any day now.

Techn1c4l
Techn1c4l

2012 is the year of 3D. Delayed, DLC and Dumbed.

vrossv
vrossv

for a company that is suffering, what makes them believe that a South Park game will pull them from the brink of bankruptcy?

 

Darth_Tyrranus
Darth_Tyrranus

Here's to hoping that this game comes out before THQ dies.

Pr0ving4Gr0undz
Pr0ving4Gr0undz

Ever since that black ops 2 trailer came out we've been getting "delayed to 2013" articles. lol 

sortajan
sortajan

I want to see how a South Park game could be good, but i cannot.

Drakillion
Drakillion

Crap! Bioshock: Infinite, Tomb Raider, now this :(

grenade1979
grenade1979

now now sinsoftheblood... they ain't hurtin' nobody...

SinsOfTheBlood
SinsOfTheBlood

We don`t take kindly to people delaying games round here....

zerox122
zerox122

 @Norrie91 it still has potential to be a good game - an RPG style south park is what fans have been craving - don't lose hope!

MelodicMizery
MelodicMizery

 @JC_AEK4ever they didnt lose money, a loss means they didnt make as much profit as last time. its worded to make people feel bad for them and sound all drastic but in reality they still made a few hundred million

chibigoten23
chibigoten23

 @Chefjase Amen to that. I think it will be a good game, I've seen the GameInformer's game site and I'm pretty much satisfied with what i saw. I mean, one class is Jew (that's pretty f***ing awesome if you ask me). And the facts that Matt and Trey are working on this and no 3D graphics are just pluses. Well, nothing more to do than wait, until then I'll read South Park Guide To Life again. And THQ, ask yourself one question: "What would Brian Boitano do?"

MelodicMizery
MelodicMizery

 @mtait01 i dont think so i have a article that the south park developers actually had a extreme amount of input in this game because they were big fans of video games and the other games they made they had nothing to do with but this one they actually wanted to work so they sat down with the developers to make it work. the company is far from financial problems

MooncalfReviews
MooncalfReviews

Chef's Love Shack was pretty good. Like a weird version of Mario Party.

leftnotracks
leftnotracks

 @Hazmat963 OK, that account for 0.3%. How about the remaining 20.9%? Mac? iOS? Commodore 64?

Norrie91
Norrie91

 @zerox122 Yeah I know, I'm just dissapointed that we have to wait longer for it... God knows how long I've been waiting for Certain Other Games *COUGH*

Alien: Colonial Marines*Cough*