THQ Nordic keeps finding new ways to ruin 2018, this time by announcing it will possibly delay a couple of more games.
Then, more recently, it revealed during a financial report that it’s delaying Metro Exodus from fall 2018 to Q1 2019. So that’s not cool.
But the most recent development might be the worst news of all. According to the same financial report, we might not see Biomutant until 2019 either. (Oh, and Darksiders 3 might get delayed, too. But nothing matters compared to Biomutant.)
Are you kidding me, THQ Nordic? Why do you hate me?
Okay, maybe I’m overreacting. THQ Nordic CEO Lars Wingefors’ exact language doesn’t necessarily state that the upcoming titles are being delayed. In fact, what he did say is that THQ Nordic’s “next key releases, Biomutant and Darksiders 3, are still under evaluation for setting a release date.” However, Wingefors goes on to reiterate that THQ Nordic is “patient to deliver the expected customer experience along with finding the right release window for upcoming releases” in order to”make the best possible return on our investments and to continue building IP value.”
Well, you might be patient, Wingefors, but I am not. I want to play as a furry, customizable, psychic-powered, grappling hook–wielding action hero right now.
I can’t blame THQ Nordic for its reticence too much, though. We’re fast approaching summer 2018, and as excited as I am for Biomutant (and, to a slightly lesser degree, Darksiders 3 and Metro Exodus), I can’t see them competing too well against juggernauts like Marvel’s Spider-Man, Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, Red Dead Redemption 2, and Battlefield V, all of which are launching (or expected to launch) in fall 2018. If THQ Nordic is still planning on launching Biomutant and Darksiders 3 in 2018, it probably won’t want to throw a new IP against hard-hitters, nor suffocate Darksiders 3‘s chance at recapturing fans of a series that’s been out of commission for almost six years now.
Since THQ Nordic is skipping E3 2018, we probably won’t find out more about Biomutant until Gamescom in August, but I’m hoping I’m wrong.