THQ has stressed that its internal development teams can create 90+ rated titles.
The publisher hasn't had a title rated at or above 90 on Metacritic for a long period of time. Naughty Dog co-founder and the company's new president Jason Rubin, though, believes that will change with the firm's lineup.
"The first Company of Heroes was a 90-plus rated game, and done by Relic, one of our internal studios. It’s one of the highest-rated RTS games. Why they didn’t do another Company of Heroes until now I can’t answer for you because I just started seven days ago. I will say this company has in it the ability of making a 90-plus rated game.
"The Volition guys; incredibly talented. Under the restrictions that they’ve been under in this company in terms of the budget and time schedule they’ve had for their products, to put out a game that doesn’t necessarily compete toe to toe with Grand Theft Auto, but comparably, it’s amazing what they’ve done with what they’ve had. That team, properly funded, properly led, and properly allowed to create, I believe can create a 90-plus rated title.
"Vigil; incredible art sense. I believe properly led, given the right framework, and with some of the knowledge I have from making 90-plus rated games, can make a 90-plus rated game. Our other internal studio at Montreal is capable of making a 90-plus rated game. The answer to how you make a 90-plus rated game is you take these people and foster their creations – not make a lot of other titles as well. That’s what I plan to do."
Darksiders 2 is due for a release on August 14, with its developer Vigil Games believed to be working on an FPS. Company of Heroes 2, meanwhile, launches in 2013. As for the Saints Row IP, Rubin decided to convert the Enter The Dominatrix expansion into a full-fledged sequel.