THQ is rolling out the sequels in fiscal year 2012, with releases planned for Saints Row 3, a Darksiders sequel, and a follow-up to the Wii-exclusive hit de Blob.
During the THQ investor call today, CEO Brian Farrell continued listing off upcoming games after outing a new Red Faction title and Homefront for release during fiscal year 2011, with three more sequels planned for release during fiscal year 2012, which runs from April of 2011 to March of the following year.
A new Darksiders title is a no-brainer, consider the success the first has seen, especially during one of the busiest post-holiday seasons in recent memory. The Saints Row series of Grand Theft Auto-inspired games is also a big breadwinner for the company, so fans can expect to see Saints Row 3 as well.
The biggest surprise for me is a follow-up to de Blob, which remains one of my favorite titles on the Nintendo Wii even now, after a year and four months of new Wii titles have come and gone. I didn't think the game had done well enough to warrant a sequel, but I am tremendously excited to learn otherwise.
Now I realize the Darksiders fans will be the most vocal in the comments section, but can I get a little de Blob love?
I've been waiting for this to be announced for quite a while now. The first game is one of the most unique this gen and fully deserves a sequel.
What they need to fix: - The camera got pretty wonky sometimes. - Map jump to a button this time.
What they need to add: - More pointer based gameplay. They could really expand on the painting concept by using it. - Check points. In todays world, playing for an hour to get a perfect score without being able to save progress in between is asking for trouble. - More variation on the tasks.
What they need to keep - The awesome soundtrack and style of the first game.
2)Nope, the DS version was canned for some reason.
3) This is GREAT news! I loved the first one. They could map jump to a button, add mid level checkpoints, and a few more types of challenges and enemies, and I would be very happy. Maybe even add a few more bosses! I hope it releases early next year, don't want to have to wait too long.
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This is like the thing that would come one step down from announcing a sequel to Elebits for me. De Blob was my second favorite game on the consoles this generation.
If you haven't played it, absolutely do. I also thought it looked a little iffy, but playing is believing. The game is brilliant, and if they fix the few issues it has (namely super long levels later that you couldn't save during) the sequel will be absolutely incredible.
What they need to fix: - Map jump to a button this time.
I agree. de Blob is great to play, but I had a hard time with the jumping. The flick of the Wiimote worked 90% of the time, but that 10% was tough. I'd usually be right in the middle of a timed challenge too. Using the flick to stomp down on enemies was awesome though.
And okay, I'll give everyone a chance to check out impressions and videos of the game before it releases, but if it's essentially de Blob 1 with all its small issues fixed, I sure hope people support it. The gaming industry (not just the Wii) NEEDS stuff like this, or we're going to drown in a sea of copy-cat FPS for years.
Isn't the soundtrack totally dynamic based off in-game stuff though? I wonder what it would sound like as a static thing.
I actually had this idea once for a live band that has no full "finished" songs, just bass and melodies and drums and all that could all be pieced together in brand new ways every single show. Kind of like taking the concept of "mixing" out of the dj world and into the rock world, but more than that. Considering I can't even get a static project together though, that idea would probably be biting off way more than I could chew...
But I did used to wonder, if I pulled this idea off... how could I sell a cd? Hmm, on the other hand, the live cds would probably all sell pretty well...
Have you ever heard of Jon Brion? He's a pretty famous rock producer who tours on his own. He basically tours as a one-man improvisatory band, using tape-loops and different instruments. It sounds pretty cool, but I think he mostly stays in LA.