Frontlines pushed back

THQ's multiplatform near-future shooter will cool its jets until January 2008.

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Today, retired US military commanders told Congress that the Defense Department should prepare for a near-future conflict sparked by global-warming-reduced natural resources. Such a scenario also happens to be the storyline of Frontlines: Fuel of War, a forthcoming multiplatform shooter from THQ, which was delayed today. Coincidence?

Synchronicity aside, THQ CFO Edward Zinser said that the game would sidestep the increasingly crowded 2007 holiday season. "We have selected a January 2008 launch window for our new open-world shooter, Frontlines," he revealed during a postearnings analyst call. The game had been slated for release on the PC, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3 later this year, and is one of several original IPs the publisher is carefully scheduling.

Though he didn't give any reason for the postponement, Zinser did emphasize that THQ has full faith in the game and its developer, Kaos Studios. "We plan to support Frontlines and Stuntman with multimillion dollar marketing campaigns," he said. Kaos Studios was formed as an internal studio by THQ in 2006, and employs many former Battlefield 2 developers.

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