Naughty Dog co-founder is new president of THQ

One of the largest companies in the video game industry, THQ, announced today that they have taken some bold moves with regards to their upper leadership. Former executive vice-president Danny Bilson will be leaving the company as Naughty Dog co-founder Jason Rubin tries to steer the ship out of troubled waters.

“Jason’s proven track record in the industry speaks for itself, and he is one of the brightest minds in the business,” said Brian Farrell, CEO of THQ and Jason Rubin's new boss. “We believe he can be a game changer and can contribute immensely to executing on our strategy of delivering quality connected core game experiences.”

THQ is still currently in the process of realigning itself from being a publisher that once focused on licensed games, to a publisher that focuses on creating high-quality hardcore titles. Which is presumably one of the deciding factors in bringing Rubin on as president, given that he has been one of the instrumental forces shaping what modern hardcore games are.

During Rubin's time at Naughty Dog, the company created two very successful franchises in Crash Bandicoot and the Jak and Daxter series. Naughty Dog then went on to create Uncharted. In 2008 it was revealed that the company had sold 35 million games to the tune of about one billion dollars, with just a 90 person team.

Here's to hoping he can help THQ survive this critical time in the company's history, and that they can return to focusing on producing great games like Saints Row 3 and Red Faction: Guerrilla.


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  • IceBlueKirby - May 30, 2012 11:36 a.m.

    Well, maybe their luck is turning around after all. Or, at least, it will. I have faith Rubin can help the company out of it's slump and back on track. Although, like the others here, I hope he can convince Volition to bring back Red Faction. Maybe when they're done with inSANE or Saints Row 4 or whatever they can give us another go at bringing down the house (among other things) again.
  • Dadyo238 - May 30, 2012 8:38 a.m.

    Hopefully with the new president, they can revatilize the Red Faction series. I'd been playing the series since RFII, so I was sad to hear they wouldn't be making them anymore.
  • Tjwoods18 - May 29, 2012 9:09 p.m.

    I don't know.... THQ kind of mucked up a great open world video game (Red faction: guerilla) by making armageddon into a very linear and duly experience. Here's hoping that homefront 2 will fair better than the first in its series.
  • potpan0 - May 30, 2012 4:50 a.m.

    To be fair, they were stuck in a corner a bit there. They couldn't have had another rebellion game, because that's basically been the plot point of the entire series and it would have got a bit overdone.
  • Tjwoods18 - May 30, 2012 7:24 a.m.

    Don't get me wrong the story was decent, but I really dread linear games. There is a reason why games like GTA a AC series recieve the praise that they do, for open world always trumps a linear and secluded playground.
  • ChaosEternal - May 30, 2012 7:37 a.m.

    I don't think I would care what story they threw in, so long as they gave us more stuff to collapse, and preferably larger stuff.
  • LordZarlon - May 29, 2012 4:56 p.m.

    THQ has made a lot of games that I love. Hopefully, with new leadership, they can make it.

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