THQ delays Darksiders II

Troubled publisher THQ has pushed the release of Vigil Games’ Darksiders II from its intended June 29 release date to an August launch.

Community manager Mathew Everett said the delay would allow the dev team to polish the game and fix bugs.

“This is great news for the team at Vigil, because it allows additional time for polish and to ensure that all aspects of Darksiders II meet the high-quality bar the team is targeting. In game development, more time is always a good thing for quality and the Vigil team is dedicated to providing the definitive Darksiders experience."

The news isn’t surprising. Last month THQ announced plans to lay off 79 full-time staff at Vigil as a result of its decision to switch Warhammer 40,000: Dark Millennium from an MMO to a single and multiplayer title. And asked last week if Darksiders II would still hit its June release date, the publisher's executive vice president of core games, Danny Bilson, told Ripten the game’s “not going to ship it before it’s done”.

Yesterday THQ raised its fourth-quarter financial forecasts, telling investors to expect higher revenue and smaller losses, in response to the company's share price hitting a 52-week of 45¢. The publisher has until July 23 to raise its share price above $1 to avoid being delisted from the Nasdaq stock exchange. It share price closed at 57¢.