Even though the company has been consolidated heavily in the past year, THQ still isn’t out of the red just yet. The company may not have had a bad financial quarter, but the somewhat middling sales of Darksiders 2 hasn’t exactly given the studio the must needed boost it needs. The future of THQ as a major games developer is still up in the air, though fans can rest assured knowing that the game from THQ Montreal and former Assassin’s Creed lead Patrice Desilets is still moving forward.
As one of THQ’s last remaining internal studios, THQ Montreal could be the big make it or break moment which will either sink or save the studio. Details on the debut project of THQ Montreal have been illusive, and it was still unknown if the project was moving forward given the revised strategy of the company (release fewer core games, rely heavily on digitally distributed titles).
Well it seems like THQ hasn’t cut or made any major changes to the whatever Patrice Desilets is working on as a recent job posting for the studio has indicated as such. It may still be a few months before we finally learn what THQ Montreal is working on, but based on the recent job posting we know that the studio is working on an Unreal powered game featuring melee combat. Core details of the project weren’t revealed via the jobs posting, which was seeking a Senior Designer, but at least we know that Patrice isn’t straying too far from what he’s familiar with, melee action games, and isn’t suddenly making a dense if slightly convoluted 3rd person cover based shooter.
Details may still not be plentiful with THQ Montreal’s mystery project, which hasn’t even been figured out via trademark registrations, but the big news is that the debut project from the studio is still a thing and hasn’t been given the Insane treatment (it was cancelled after millions were sunk into it).
Knowing the clout and respect Patrice has within the industry and the fact that THQ can push the Assassin’s Creed angle if they wish, THQ Montreal’s project could become the sole attraction for the company once 2013 rolls around. I hope for the sake of THQ and those employed at THQ Montreal that the game is good since it would be a bummer to say the least if the company folded within the next year.