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Darksiders 2 failed to meet expectations

THQ has revealed that the excellent Darksiders 2 failed to meet its expectations in terms of sales.

Speaking during THQ's Q2 FY2013 earnings call last night, THQ's top man Jason Rubin said: "Darksiders 2 did not perform to our expectations or live up to its generally favorable reception.

"Observing this and other recent industry releases, one is left with a firm understanding that in the current marketplace, only the absolute top tier of releases is making impact on the game consumer. I now have an opportunity to start impacting our next slate of products and positioning them to compete in this marketplace."

Darksiders shipped 1.4m units of the game to retailers during the quarter, although THQ was hoping to achieve at least 2 million units as far as we are aware. Given that shipped figures do not necessarily equate to sales, this does seem fairly disappointing, especially since Darksiders 2 was a pretty great game.

As we reported this morning, THQ has also announced delays to Metro: Last Light, South Park and Company of Heroes 2.

Edited On 06 Nov, 2012

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Robichoico 4 years ago
Doesn't surprise me. I loved the first one. And since I heard this was going to be a Wii U launch I held off for that. Then noticed the Wii U one was quite a bit more than the PS3/360 one and kinda was put off by it. And now I'm simply waiting for this to enter the bargain bin because I've held on and its at a time when all the big games are out.
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some will of held off for the wii u version, which should of been taken into consideration by thq really.
Wey1 4 years ago
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I don't know what THQ expect!! Gamers are not blessed with deep pockets, and releasing the game so close to other major titles was their big mistake! With the constant money grabbing antics of these developers (DLC that should have been part of the game), they need to understand that we can't buy everything that gets released! On the plus side, this is a fantastic game, one of the best i've played for some time. I really hope that this doesn't stop them from making 3 and 4!
KEVIN 4 years ago
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cthulhu 4 years ago
shame as it was a good game and a lot better than most released around same time, mind with the other THQ games being delayed, i really cant see THQ being around much longer, not the first time this type of thing has happened to a game company
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adwan 4 years ago
I believe we touched on this in a similar piece a a little while ago. Unfortunately the game released in a period chock-full of AAA titles so it probably got lost in there.
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COP3Y DUNT 4 years ago
It always did look good, I think it's just one of those games that everyone looks at but never actually gets.
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preyalone 4 years ago
It's a shame because it's such a good game. Couple this with the departure of Vigil's creative director and the future for the franchise looks bleak.
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shiny miller 4 years ago
Games like this (single player, story centred) will generally not sell as well anyway as there's a thriving second hand market. I'm not saying they should bolt-on a tacky multiplayer mode, but do as much as they can to encourage re-playability.
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Pyroloveridge 4 years ago
great game but another DLC farce which is starting to get get a bit boring now
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Pyroloveridge 4 years ago
great game but another DLC farce which is starting to get get a bit boring now
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CookieMcCrumble 4 years ago
Loved it when I first started playing it but got distracted on something else (can't even remember what) and haven't been on since. Got the season pass for it too. I'll get back on it soon though, it was too good to stay away from for too long.
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UKVampire 4 years ago
Yeah sadly i got bored of it myself :(
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Tyrone 4 years ago
Really wanted to buy this with the first to add to my game collection! But seeing the comments and hearing from them has put me off! They should've waited till after Christmas to say this might' of got a few more buys....

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