THQ planning Red Faction 4, Darksiders 2

Publisher tentatively lists follow-ups to upcoming games to arrive alongside Warhammer 40K MMO game during its fiscal 2012; mystery racer also in the works.

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Two of THQ's biggest releases for 2009 are the shooter Red Faction: Guerilla and the sci-fi action-adventure Darksiders: Wrath of War. As part of the publisher's stable of wholly owned original intellectual properties, neither game can be assured of success just yet. However, THQ obviously has expectations for the pair, as the publisher has tentatively penciled in sequels to both titles for its future product lineup.

Apparently there will be something left to blow up even after Red Faction 3 is over.
Apparently there will be something left to blow up even after Red Faction 3 is over.

THQ slipped mention of the games into a single slide from a February investor's presentation, including them among the titles set to launch during its fiscal 2012 (which runs April 1, 2011, through March 31, 2012). The games aren't set in stone just yet, as the slide specified that the release lineup was subject to change.

Also slated for fiscal 2012 is THQ's much anticipated massively multiplayer online role-playing game based on Games Workshop's Warhammer 40,000 universe, a possibly final Pixar-based game for the publisher, and a "new animated kids" game in the slot where previous years featured Nickelodeon properties like SpongeBob Squarepants. In 2004, THQ signed a licensing agreement with Nickelodeon that ran through 2010, raising a question as to whether the publisher expects to have the cartoon channel's properties at its disposal in fiscal 2012.

Not quite as far into the future, THQ penciled in its fiscal 2011 (12 months ending March 31, 2011) for Volition's "new direction" in its open-world crime series, Saints Row 3. 2011 also plays host to an unspecified action game from Relic (maker of Company of Heroes and the Warhammer 40,0000: Dawn of War games) and an unannounced racing game.

The schedule doesn't specify a developer for the racing game, though elsewhere in the presentation a slide reveals that Juice Games (maker of Juiced) is working on a "new racing concept" for the publisher. Meanwhile, the expanding Kaos Studios (Frontlines: Fuel of War) is at work on a "new shooter," while de Blob developer Blue Tongue is taking over on a new Marvel series, presumably the previously announced Marvel Super Hero Squad license.

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