Guillermo del Toro’s inSANE trilogy cancelled by THQ
THQ has dropped Guillermo del Toro’s inSANE and moved away from casual and social games in an effort to refocus resources towards its core games market.
Jason Rubin, president of THQ, made the announcement during an investor’s call on Monday, where he also revealed positive first quarter figures.
Despite total sales dropping to 133.7m in Q1 (compared to 195.2m for the same period 2011), the company still managed to post a net income of $15.4 million, which is much better than the loss of 38.4 million for the same period last year.
InSANE has received a lot of attention due to the involvement of del Toro. The famed Mexican director, best known for writing and directing Hellboy and Pan’s Labyrinth, was overseeing the game and working with Volition (Red Faction and Saints Row).
However, despite its high profile, no footage has ever been shown of inSANE, only a creepy teaser trailer featuring a needle and an eye. It’s been described as a Lovecraftian horror and it would have been the first part of a trilogy. Nevertheless, THQ say it never got out of pre-production stage.
Explaining the reason for the cancellations, Rubin said: “By cancelling these explorations outside of our core business, we feel we can improve focus on our core game portfolio, which remains unchanged.”
InSANE would have been del Toro’s first foray into videogames, but the rights have been returned to him, so he can still pursue his ambitions with another company.