THQ Cancels Guillermo Del Toro’s Insane

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THQ has canceled yet another high profile project. Today, on an investor call, company president Jason Rubin revealed that they would no longer be publishing the highly anticipated Insane, the first installment of a planned trilogy masterminded by film director Guillermo Del Toro and Volition Inc (Saints Row: The Third).

Things have been pretty rough for THQ since the failed release of their uDraw Tablet in 2010. Since then, the company’s only real hit has been 2011’s Saints Row: The Third; now that Volition is no longer working on the del Toro project, they are reportedly moving forward with the next game in the Saints series. Did THQ cancel the unproven Insane for the proven Saints Row series? No one is saying for certain, but that seems to be the case.

One bit of good news delivered in the investor call is that Del Toro now owns the rights to the Insane IP, so he may take it to another publisher. There are likely several that would jump at the chance to publish an interactive horror adventure from the mind of Del Toro. He has yet to issue a statement since Rubin’s cancelation announcement, though.

Insane announcement trailer from the 2010 Spike Video Game Awards:

Here’s part 1 & part 2 of Bioshock creator Ken Levine’s Irrational Interviews podcast featuring Del Toro discussing Insane, game development and a variety of other topics.

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