THQ has rolled out the medium sized guns, announcing sequels to four of its best known properties. According to a report published on Kotaku, we can look forward to new instalments of de Blob, Darksiders, Red Faction and Saints Row.
The announcement suggests that THQ’s support for original IP such as de Blob and Darksiders has paid handsome dividends. Given the difficulties faced by third parties on the Wii, the critical and commercial response to Australian-made puzzle platformer de Blob must be particularly satisfying. With luck, the success of these titles will encourage the publisher to bankroll another wave of original properties.
Less interesting is the announcement of a third Saints Row title. While a competent clone of Grand Theft Auto, the series ignored its forerunner’s social awareness in favour of incessant juvenilia. Given that developer Volition is also responsible for the aforementioned Red Faction: Guerrilla, we know it’s capable of better.
All four titles are scheduled for release prior to April 2012.