THQ Cancels ‘inSANE’

The Struggling Publisher Returns the Rights to Guillermo del Toro

August 7, 2012 by

Things just keep looking worse for THQ, and in what has to be considered a cost-cutting move, THQ has just announced that they’ve ended production on inSANE, the sandbox survival horror game they were collaborating with Guillermo del Toro on. Del Toro, who is known for writing and directing Pan’s Labyrinth and the Hellboy film series, is also known for sometimes biting off a little more than he can chew by taking on too many projects at once.

Everything is pure speculation at the moment, but it’s likely that Del Toro has been more focused on massive film projects over the years such as The Hobbit and Pacific Rim and hasn’t had enough time to truly help produce the game. This would make sense considering that he first announced the game two years ago at Spike TV’s VGAs and THQ hasn’t shown a single thing related to the game since. Seeing the game begin to transition into development hell, THQ’s new president, Jason Rubin, most likely pulled the plug by ceasing production and returning the rights to the inSANE IP to del Toro.

THQ canceling production and returning the rights doesn’t necessarily mean that the game is dead, however, like del Toro’s previous video game project, Sundown, it’s not likely that gamers will be able to ever get their hands on inSANE, especially not in 2013 when the game was originally planned to be released.