SouthPeak pins TNA Wrestling

Publisher grabs license from Midway bankruptcy, confirms DS, PSP installments of Impact; Two Worlds 2 set for spring; publisher's sales double, turns a profit.

Last year, THQ's annual installment of WWE Smackdown vs. Raw faced legitimate competition for the first time in years, as Midway debuted its TNA Impact line of games based on a rival wrestling organization. Impact was well received by critics, enough so that Midway moved ahead with plans for a sequel; plans that were scuttled when the publisher entered bankruptcy.

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While most of Midway's assets were acquired by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, the TNA Impact license was acquired by SouthPeak Interactive, which the publisher revealed in a quarterly financial report this week. In a conference call with investors, Southpeak CEO Melanie Mroz said the company was planning to launch TNA Impact: Cross the Line for the PSP and PSP Go this winter. SouthPeak chairman Terry Phillips added that the company is also publishing TNA Impact: Dual Slam for the DS, although no release date was given.

During the call, Phillips also provided a new release window for the long-delayed Two Worlds 2 on the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC. Once planned for release in the first half of 2008 as an expansion to the original Two Worlds, the game was upgraded to a full sequel, and Two Worlds 2 is now set for a spring 2010 launch.

The publisher's actual financial results were much more upbeat than most of their competitors' recent releases. For the three months ended September 30, SouthPeak doubled its revenues year-over-year, from $8.3 million to $16.7 million. The bottom line also showed improvement, as the publisher posted a net profit of $687,000 for the recently ended quarter, compared to a $1.4 million loss for the same period in 2008.

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41 comments
BrolyLSSJ3
BrolyLSSJ3

Hopefully the TNA for handhelds do well so they can start developing TNA 2..TNA impact wasn't perfect but it was a good building block.

Bigrobowski
Bigrobowski

damn it why didn't tna just to to EA and let aki,or whatever aki is called now,make their games?ugh all of these developers fail miserably every time they try to put out a wrestling game.

Peach100
Peach100

Good new for Two Worlds 2 for sure. I pretty much stopped thinking about this game but this article has brought me hope, heh heh.

jeffv541
jeffv541

Wrestling games are so boring. I would rather die than play one.

jeffv541
jeffv541

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MondeEdlu
MondeEdlu

i clicked on this article cuz i thght it said southPARK

Dualmask
Dualmask

Well, the DS is the most popular gaming device out there, but to put a wrestling game only on handhelds...bewildering.

pure_impact
pure_impact

This is truly a headscratcher because putting the game out on all the consoles would generate more revenue than handhelds. I wonder what meathead came up with the idea of "hey let's just do a version for the DS and PSP?" Oh well..guess i'll spend my cash on SVR10 and enjoy the create-a-storyline feature.

Xyandar
Xyandar

Yeaah im not really looking forward to any new TNA games...I tried the other one for xbox 360 and i just couldn't seem to get into it... so i'll pass.. Two Worlds 2 however.. i'll have to check that one out for sure =)

Stryder_18
Stryder_18

Oh I thought thiis title said SouthPark Pins TNA Wrestling lol I was like wtf? :D

leeko_link
leeko_link

I might check TNA Impact DS if it feature online WiFi play, if not then I'll stick to the PSP game. Hope these games last until TNA Impact 2 (if there's one).

salvucci91
salvucci91

Wrestling is the ****ING lamest form of entertainent to ever be concocted by man. You either watch UFC or an action movie. Wrestling is a halfway retard

mrzero1982pt2
mrzero1982pt2

i had nothing wrong with the first impact, i had nothing wrong with tna when they focused on new fresh talent, but now that they have the following :the dudley boyz, booker t, kevin nash, sting, HULK HOGAN?!!? is this a mash up of the old wwe games by acclaim/thq and wcw games? i have lost all support/love for tna and i wish this game the best of luck, but i dont want legends of wrestlemania tna style

x8VXU6
x8VXU6

and no one cares

theunloved
theunloved

I always thought a game like that would sell better on a console instead of a handheld.

WTFitsPauL
WTFitsPauL

@buffdaddy69 spoken like a 5 yr old wrestling fanboy.

Slaughtahouse
Slaughtahouse

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playa42018
playa42018

Def Jam Fight for NY was the last best "wrestling" game.

VR_Verdugo
VR_Verdugo

Oh my, TNA wrestling, is that what they're calling it these days? Rated AO I imagine.

buffdaddy69
buffdaddy69

@WTFitsPauL Spoken like someone whos never been in the ring. You know why wrestlers die of drug overdoses and heart attacks at an early age? Because of all the drugs they take to keep their body from being in constant pain.

Matthew_AM
Matthew_AM

I thought they already made a TNA wrestling game. It was called Rumble Roses.

FF_fan2004
FF_fan2004

I learn things the hard way when it comes to video games. Anything made by Southpeak is not worth buying and playing.

WTFitsPauL
WTFitsPauL

Wrestling only "gets real" in computer games.

Y2Jfan23
Y2Jfan23

I guess there will never be a good TNA game. Atleast not for a long time.

soulless4now
soulless4now

lol I also thought the title said South Park, but sadly it's only talking about SouthPeak. I'm curious about the Two Worlds 2 game though.

firehawk998
firehawk998

Two Worlds 2 coming at a bargain bin near you. Made( destroyed) proudly by Southpeak.

unreal_master
unreal_master

south peak is awful. they make awful games with awful nonsense. I told the devs at comic con their games are awful they laughed =/. south peak why dont u let urself get bought out and disappear.

Zerobeam
Zerobeam

i don't think this is such a great idea. I wouldn't trust SouthPeak to do anything. Two Worlds was a horrible abomination of a game, X-Blades was just terrible, and Legendary was a subpar FPS. The best they ever did was Monster Madness and that was no better than average. How they've managed to make a profit is beyond me. I wouldn't raise my expectations too high for their TNA game...

lexxxy52
lexxxy52

damn for some reason i thought that said south park in the title... not sure if that would have been a good thing i guess it would have been better than south peak though

icytower
icytower

Ok, so the PSP & DS are getting games, what about iMPACT 2 on the big consoles.

N0tYrBeezin
N0tYrBeezin

I think there is a reason why WB didn't pick this up when they picked up other things.

Colsworl
Colsworl

Damn that sucks. I was hoping a reputable publisher would buy the license and bring it to the 360/PS3. I don't care about handheld games that much and I doubt these 2 will be any good anyway. The first iMPACT! wasn't bad, it was just very short on content. I feel it could be a very good game and possibly even better than SvR if the necessary improvements where made.

tony382
tony382

Price drop after the first month of release.

SLjimbolian
SLjimbolian

Just by looking at SouthPeak's resume of "quality" games, this will certainly be hitting a Walmart bargain bin near you.

duke-nukem11
duke-nukem11

cool. looking forward to seeing samon joe's man=boobs on my ps3 soon lol

meta_foxx278
meta_foxx278

So, wait? No console release of the TNA games? What was the point of acquiring the license in the first place if it's not going to get a proper release? I mean, no disrespect to the handhelds, but still, no console release? Not good, guys. Then again, SouthPeak doesn't really put out interesting games so I'm not counting on anything spectacular here.

KittyHeart
KittyHeart

as if tna impact wasnt bad already, now theire putting it on ds and psp?? ok....