Guillermo Del Toro's inSANE cancelled by THQ

THQ continued slashing their budget today as they announced that the once highly-anticipated game Insane (perhaps better known as inSANE,) which was slated to be directed by famed filmmaker Guillermo Del Toro, has been outright canceled.

CEO Jason Rubin said today that Insane is simply not part of THQ's "core business model" anymore, along with Facebook and mobile games. Since Rubin took over the reins of THQ last month the corporation has been massively restructuring to focus more on hardcore games.

All rights for the Insane franchise have been passed back to Del Toro with Rubin commenting that the game was still very early in production despite being announced over eighteen months ago. This means that Del Toro will still be able to seek out another publisher to fund the game if he chooses.

Rubin commented that this will not affect any of THQ's studios or result in any further layoffs. Although from the sound of things, not many people were really working on this game anyway.


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  • jackthemenace - August 7, 2012 3:27 p.m.

    That's kind of a pity, really. As everyone else has already said, it'd be great to see a Del Toro game, just to see how it'd play. I kinda hope it gets picked up by a BIGGER publisher- even someone like Sony, since, for some reason, this and The Last of Us seem to go hand-in-hand in my head.
  • TheFabricOfTime - August 7, 2012 2:01 p.m.

    THQ is cancelling a lot of games, things don't look good :/ This game caught my interest when it was announced, a shame they cancelled it :(
  • FordFiesta - August 7, 2012 10:50 a.m.

    I knew this was going to happen. Despite the lack of information I hadn't forgot about the game. Guillermo del Torro... enough said. It's a shame though.
  • tichtat - August 7, 2012 10:03 a.m.

    Lame. I wanted to play that.
  • ObliqueZombie - August 7, 2012 9:03 a.m.

    Man this SUCKS. THQ is going downhill, and they're definitely one of my favorite publishers. (Probably because they effectively hold the Warhammer 40k franchise.) I seriously hope they either merge with another company that allows them to retain their own personality, or someone or something can bail them out of the (hopefully not) inevitable debt they're going into.
  • Andrew Groen - August 7, 2012 10:12 a.m.

    But they're still making 40K games so they're OK by me. I'd rather it be them than EA/Acti. THQ is still willing to take chances like Dawn of War 2.
  • ObliqueZombie - August 7, 2012 6:35 p.m.

    I just seriously hope they don't fall of the grid, because they've made some grade-A games over the past few years that have given me more enjoyment than a lot of games. Metro 2033, Dawn of War, Space Marine, Darksiders... all games I could honestly put into my top games. Let's hope for the best for this fine publisher.
  • kyle94 - August 7, 2012 12:39 a.m.

    As others have already said, despite the lack of information on it, I was also rather interested in it. Hopefully he will find another publisher.
  • Andrew Groen - August 7, 2012 10:13 a.m.

    Yeah, definitely. I think most of us just wanted a Del Toro game to exist. Even if it wasn't any good, I think the whole world can agree we'd like to see what his game would be like.
  • robotdickens - August 7, 2012 12:30 a.m.

    This really sucks. I really like THQ and to hear they had to cut something possibly awesome sucks.
  • comaqi - August 6, 2012 9:59 p.m.

    I'd bet money he's gonna hit Kickstarter.
  • Andrew Groen - August 7, 2012 10:14 a.m.

    Haha He'd have to break some pretty insane (npi) Kickstarter records to make a AAA project.
  • ChiChiRocket - August 6, 2012 9:45 p.m.

  • Z-man427 - August 6, 2012 8:12 p.m.

    Hopefully, if it gets made, they'll pick a better name.
  • JachAnen - August 6, 2012 11:20 p.m.

    Reminds to much of "InFamous".
  • IceBlueKirby - August 6, 2012 7:19 p.m.

    I was just glad when I read it wouldn't affect their studios, since it was being made by Volition. Anyway, maybe someone else will pick it up. Despite knowing absolutely nothing about it, I was interested simply because it had Del Toro's name attached.
  • Andrew Groen - August 7, 2012 10:15 a.m.

    Now Volition is free to go make Red Faction: Guerilla 2. Right? RIGHT!?
  • IceBlueKirby - August 7, 2012 6:38 p.m.

    We can only hope. I know they're working on a Saints Row game, but hopefully that will pull in enough cash for them to reconsider their decision to end the RF franchise.
  • SpadesSlick - August 6, 2012 7:16 p.m.

    I was incredibly interested in this game and hope it gets funded by an actually competent publisher.
  • angelusdlion - August 6, 2012 6:16 p.m.

    easy come, easy go. Good thing they told us jack and shit about the game so there's no disappointment there.

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