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South Park game still expected later this year

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Despite THQ going bankrupt earlier this year, South Park: The Stick of Truth is still on track for release this year. Ubisoft picked up the game at auction alongside THQ Montreal.

The action RPG is being developed at Obsidian  in close collaboration with Trey Parker and Matt Stone, the creators of the series. It is due out on PC, PS3, and Xbox 360.

The game was actually set for release later this month but was delayed once acquired by THQ. According to UK retailer Tesco, the game is scheduled for release on August 23.

Devil’s Third needs a new publisher

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Tomonobu Itagaki, creator of Dead or Alive and Ninja Gaiden, had big hopes for Devil’s Third when he founded his new studio, Valhalla Game Studios, in 2009. However, his hopes may have been dashed by THQ.

In the publisher’s financial call today, it was revealed that Itagaki’s game may not see the light of day. Apparently, the company is in talks with third parties to unload the game. This is due to the fact that it feels the game no longer fits its “profitability profile”.

Devil’s Third is reported to be complete mechanically. It was due for release next year on PS3 and Xbox 360; Wii U was also a possibility.

Metro 2033 (PC) Review

Post-apocalyptic games have become the new black in the games industry over the last couple of years. Most of them are not worth mentioning, however, thanks in part to poor quality control. Nevertheless, the ones that are good are extremely good. Metro 2033 is yet another game that depicts the vision of a post-apocalyptic Moscow through the words of Dmitry Glukhovsky, a Russian author. It does so with such friendliness and comfort that it feels like an old friend is recounting strange tales he heard from his travels abroad. The book’s Russian version has sold hundreds of thousands of copies; it is available in English as well. The game itself was made by 4A Games, which is composed of STALKER alumnus, who skillfully transferred the words of Glukhovsky to the bits and bytes that you can see and experience on your computer screen. Yes, the game is good, though it has some rough edges.

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Destroy All Humans Destroys Composer

In more music news, film, television and video game composer Garry Schyman has created the original music score for Destroy All Humans: Path of the Furons, the latest installment in the human-probing series. The game is set in the ‘70s and the score is inspired by music styles from that era, including classic film scores by Lalo Schifrin, Jerry Goldsmith and Roy Budd. It was recorded with a live symphony orchestra as well as a brass band, flute soloist and more.

“The idea for DAH3 was to continue the approach set in DAH1 and DAH2 as though I was a film composer writing in that period,” said Garry Schyman. “Of course wah wah guitar is slathered throughout because it was so ubiquitous and influential. Personally this is my favorite of the three DAH scores. I love this style of music!”

The game is due out next month on Xbox 360.

New Company of Heroes Title Announced

THQ today announced Company of Heroes: Tales of Valor, a new standalone chapter in the popular RTS franchise from Relic Entertainment. The game will offer three new campaigns, as well as new units, multiplayer modes and a “direct-fire” feature that allows more tactical control during battle.

In development at series creator Relic Entertainment, the game will be fully compatible with its predecessor and utilized the developer’s in-house Essence engine.

It is expected to be out during spring 2009.

Win Squad Command PSP

THQ, in conjunction with Games Workshop and a team of professional modelers, has announced that it has created a limited set of six exclusive Squad Command themed PSP consoles, one of which it will give away in the UK through an exclusive competition. All users have to do is enter the competition on the publisher’s website and test their luck; there are copies of the game for runners-up, too.

Warhammer 40,000: Squad Command is the first portable title in the series, offering turn-based action strategy combat on the go. It features 15 single-player missions, as well as various multiplayer modes playable over nine multiplayer maps with up to eight players.

Spongebob, Screwjumper Heading to XBLA

THQ has announced that it will release exclusively developed titles on Xbox Live Arcade starting with Spongebob Squarepants: Underpants Slam, an action game based on the popular Nickelodeon cartoon. It is expected to be released sometime next month. The game will be followed by Screwjumper, an original title, and Elements of Destruction and Rocket Riot.

3 in Juiced 2

THQ announced that it has signed a major co-marketing agreement with mobile media company 3, one that will see the latter being included in Juiced 2: Hot Import Nights, an upcoming underground racing game for PC, PS2, PS3, PSP, Xbox 360 and DS.

“To be able to offer 3 the ideal position between mobile and console games with Juiced 2 – THQ’s sequel to a two-million selling Juiced franchise is very exciting for mobile entertainment, ” said Adam Comiskey, International Vice-President, THQ Wireless.

Under the agreement, the 3 brand will be fully integrated into the game, as seen below. Additionally, the mobile version of the game will be available for download directly from the 3 portal.