Following yesterday's earnings report
, THQ has said it is no longer working on digital/portable spin-off Saints Row: Drive By
, also confirming the title for a follow-up to Metro 2033
The Drive By
spin-off was amongst the first titles announced for the Nintendo 3DS
during the hardware's unveiling at last year's E3, and was later announced as a PSN and Xbox 360 download as well.
But a THQ rep told Joystiq in no uncertain terms that "we are not developing Saints Row: Drive By
," confirming earlier reports that the game had been cancelled.
THQ Executive Vice President and CFO Paul Pucino hinted during a December conference call
that the Saints Row
franchise was part of a "very significant transmedia initiative."
Meanwhile, THQ has also confirmed that the sequel to last year's Metro 2033
will be called Metro: Last Light
The post-apocalyptic shooter was released last March and a sequel, then tentatively titled Metro 2034
, was already being discussed at last June's E3 show.
In an earnings call last May
, THQ CEO Brian Farrell said the first Metro 2033
had been "a very profitable title for us," meeting modest expectations largely thanks to "very low development costs on that high-quality title."