According to a financial call placed this afternoon, struggling publisher THQ has cancelled the upcoming Guillermo del Toro horror game InSANE and handed all rights back to the acclaimed Mexican film-maker.
Jason Rubin confirmed this detail during a standard investor call discussing quarterly financials earlier today. Certain sources had previously noted that THQ’s upcoming games list shows no evidence of InSANE‘s existence, although the website for the game can still be easily accessed from THQ’s homepage.
Touted as the first in a trilogy of games, InSANE was to be del Toro’s first foray into the video-game industry although after a brief announcement at the 2010 Spike Video Game Awards by del Toro and developer Volition (now best known as the studio behind the surprise critical hit Saint’s Row: The Third), details proved sparse and hard to come by.
THQ has been going through a very public period of reorganization and prioritizing throughout the past year taking such steps as bringing in Naughty Dog mainstay Jason Rubin to guide the company through it’s troubling time. Although the well recieved re invigoration of Saints Row franchise certainly gave the ailing company a boost, it’s been no secret for a while that THQ was going to have to make some changes and cut off a few loose ends in order to stay afloat.
With the rights of the original property going back to del Toro, it’s entirely possible that this isn’t the last we’ve seen of InSANE. del Toro is known as a film-maker with an obscene amount of projects scheduled and few ever making their way to fruition, though, so even those holding out hope for InSANE might not want to hold their breath.