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THQ denies canning 2014 games, 'no decisions' on W40K MMO

Publisher releases statement amid sale speculation

THQ's released a statement following growing whispers this weekend that it's cancelled its entire 2014 games line-up in a move to position the company for sale.

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Kavin Dent, a games industry veteran, kicked off the rumour on Twitter, claiming that THQ has also cancelled its long in-development MMO project based on the Warhammer 40,000 license.

He also claimed the firm is in the process of returning intellectaul property to their licensors in an effort to conserve cash, and ready THQ for sale.

THQ's said in a statement:

"THQ has not cancelled its 2014 line-up, and has not made any decisions regarding the planned MMO.

"As part of the ongoing review of our business, we have made decisions to ensure that the company is strategically addressing the most attractive markets. As we have previously announced, we have dramatically reduced our commitment to the kids' boxed games sector which leads to a significantly more focused release schedule moving forward.

"Our slate for calendar 2012 and beyond is focused on high-quality core games and continues to build our digital platform and business. We are excited for our pipeline of original and high-quality content along with our relationships with some of the best talent in the industry.

"Additionally, we are thrilled with the great performance of Saints Row: The Third, which on a like for like period in North America has tripled in sell-through from Saints Row 2.

"In addition, WWE '12's worldwide sell-through sales are up almost 40% year-over-year for the same sales period with fewer platforms.

"According to NPD, for the month of December and the 2011 year, THQ was the #5 publisher overall, #4 third party, with reported sell through growing over 18% in a market that was down almost 6%.

"And coming up next, we have two great titles for the first half of the year including UFC Undisputed 3 and Darksiders 2."

THQ currently has several high profile projects on the horizon, including Hollywood director Guillermo del Toro's trilogy of horror games, a new IP from Assassin Creed creative director Patrice Désilets, Tomonobu Itagaki action game Devil's Third and the next title from Left 4 Dead studio Turtle Rock.

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