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Is ‘UFC 2009 Undisputed’ in Jeopardy?

(Shoulda used your Vaseline cheat-code, Georges. Props:

Even if you don’t read the news regularly, you may be aware that our country is going through a bit of a recession. Maybe your former boss might have mentioned it when you were fired. Basically, it’s a bad time to own a company in America, or work at one. And though the UFC’s pay-per-view buys have looked seemingly recession-proof, they may be feeling the pinch in an unexpected way. WatchKalibRun reports that THQ, the publisher of UFC 2009 Undisputed, is in serious financial straits, which could affect the fate of the hotly-anticipated video game:

THQ has lost $334 million dollars this year and their stock prices has fallen from $20 a share to $2 a share. Now according to Michael Hickey of Janco Partners, the company has a fifty percent chance of going bankrupt. Currently THQ is trying to save over $220 million next year and are preparing to slash over 600 employees. However, the prognosis remains dark for THQ…
The worst-case scenario is that [UFC 2009 Undisputed] will be shelved, incomplete and not sold to another publisher or developer. The best case scenario is that THQ survives and publishes the game. If the game is near completion and THQ is going under, then THQ may publish the game before closing shop…THQ could also sell the game to developer who is not in trouble, or if things are really bad for THQ they could sell the studio, Yuke’s Media Creations, that is creating the game. Since THQ’s recent big budget games have been unsuccesful it seems unlikely that will sell off a potential blockbuster, but considering these financial times, no bets are off.

With the UFC’s heavy interest in the videogame…it would be likely that if THQ were to go under the UFC would buy the product and sell it to another publisher if THQ did not. Will UFC: Undisputed survive THQ’s financial troubles? The answer is most likely yes. But that doesn’t mean the game will be a good product.

Damn. THQ has been working on this thing since War Machine was in the UFC, so it would be an epic failure if it got shelved, or if they had to release a rushed, imperfect version. And by the way, how does a game company lose a third of a billion dollars in a single year? It’s not like they were responsible for this pile of shit

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BEST SHOE SALESMAN- March 6, 2009 at 9:56 pm
All y'all faggots ain't got shit on me. I made $1,965,357 before taxes last year selling shoes on Ebay. Y'all ain't shit. I bought a $3.5 million house before the economy crashed but I don't care. I'm 25 turning 26 on March 15th. Holler, while I get some dank from my source.
Ballpit McGee- March 6, 2009 at 9:13 pm
MMA is too complex to make a realistic vidjea game outa.

But good luck to the mfs trying it.
Dana White's Mom's Bald Head- March 6, 2009 at 3:47 pm
Dana White is a little bitch. I'm not buying the next UFC b/c I want badass fucking matchups. Fuck the video game. Fuck THQ.

Focus on getting better fighters like Fedor, his brother, and Josh Barnett, then I'll buy your shitty UFC production with "the ALWAYS yelling/annoying" Joe Rogan and the always impressive 1 liner, Mike "it's all over" Goldberg. We fucking know it's over, Doucheberg, we know...
aj- March 6, 2009 at 3:36 pm
Still crossing my fingers about rubber guard being in the game. I heard a rumor that it would be.
Dru Down- March 6, 2009 at 11:26 am
Ah, Sickos, the classic forum profile. Allow me to edit for exaggeration-

I don't live in a basement or with my mom (but I do live in my dad's guest house.) I get plenty of [pornographic images from the internet] and oh yeah... I made around [30k and change] last year, and I'm 26 (sadly, that part is true.) But are right I do smoke alot of [sticks and stems my buddy slangs me for 1/2 price, while playing video games in every free moment I can spare.]

This one's free of charge. If you have to brag about it online, it probably didn't happen.
J-Dog- March 6, 2009 at 10:34 am
Douche needs to read the instructions and round that shit to the nearest whole dollar.
Douche Bigelow- March 6, 2009 at 9:17 am

I just filed my 2008 tax return.. I made $762,288 last year and paid $182,949.12 in taxes after deductions. I have two small online businesses that I run from home. I am 27. What was your point... ?
The Biz- March 6, 2009 at 9:08 am
Your sources on this article suck Ben. Every article you've posted on the game has been complete bullshit.

If you need to contact someone at THQ, let me know. I'm sure the PR dept. would be happy to answer any questions you have.

Or contact Andy Tu....he'll know who to put you in-touch with.
Sickos- March 6, 2009 at 7:45 am
UFC fan ^^ Oh yeah... I don't live in a basement or with my mom dude.. I get plenty of pussy and oh yeah... I made around 80K last year and I'm 26. But are right I do smoke alot of kush.. =)

Dip Shit!
Sickos- March 6, 2009 at 7:45 am
Nooooooooooooooooooooooo. I've been waiting for this fucking game for over a year now.. I actually broke down and bought a 360 for x-mas mostly for the sole purpose of playing this game, as well as CoD and shit...WTF!!!

Seriously, UFC will just buy the game and hand it over to another company to finish and fix the bugs.... This game looks too fucking sick to get sheleved, I mean WTF, GTA comes out with a new game every fucking 6 months it seems!
My Fight Wiffa Cheeto- March 6, 2009 at 7:07 am
The game is to be released on June 3rd. THQ if it does sell EA will gobble that shit up to take over the WWE and now this UFC cash cow of a game.

There was rumors already that UFC was going to turn their license over to EA even after Undisputed with THQ. At least that's what they said on that nerd show, "Attack of the Show" on G4... I'm sorry. Olivia Munn is so hot. I have to watch.
Frank Mur- March 6, 2009 at 6:06 am
if this game doesn't make it, Brandon Vera will never win again!
Anonymous- March 5, 2009 at 9:37 pm
won't even happen in the game.
UFC fan- March 5, 2009 at 8:47 pm
Video games are for fag-boys who smoke pot in their mom's basement.
Thats being reflected in the stock crash, take the hint THQ stop making pussy ass video games, grow the fuck up.......OR go outta business.
T BONE- March 5, 2009 at 8:17 pm
I agree with a lot of these guys... Worst comes to worst and THQ releases the game early with bugs that they can then release patches for later on.. from what we've seen the game looks good anyway so i'm sure it'll be fine
nippletwist- March 5, 2009 at 7:45 pm
yes sell this to EA. they make all the best sports games.

and there better be a create-a-character mode in this shit with a career mode thing or i wont even buy it.
Anonymous- March 5, 2009 at 7:29 pm
The game looks sick, god almighty GSP whooped that ass.

BJ is gonna get his ass butt raped by KenFlo....
BrianW- March 5, 2009 at 6:59 pm
up, up, down, down, left, right, left, right, A, B, A, B, Select, Start

That’s the code to unlock Harold Howard. You’re welcome.
Pick My Nose Up Until My Teeth Hurt- March 5, 2009 at 6:52 pm
Don't get your hopes up, cocksuckers. Even if they did eventually release the game it'd probably suck pretty bad and be way lower than your expectations.
Anonymous- March 5, 2009 at 6:18 pm
i'll buy that for a dollar
Anonymous- March 5, 2009 at 6:05 pm
I doubt this, this is the game tyhey are hoping will turn there company around
Anonymous- March 5, 2009 at 5:57 pm
EA is a better developer than my dog. But if you like waiting 6 months for a patch for a game they screwed up and then 6 months to never to fix the stuff they broke in that patch, yeah, they're fantastic. At that point, they just leave it broke and make you buy next year's version. So if EA gets it, make sure you don't buy until UFC 2011 and then boycott the rest after they screw it up again.
War- March 5, 2009 at 5:42 pm
fuck an THQ
Anonymous- March 5, 2009 at 5:38 pm
Kevin- March 5, 2009 at 5:18 pm
Sadly, its Because THQ failed to jump on the Grey's Anatomy bandwagon and make a "quick save this amnesiac coke addicted African diplomat's ailing heart, then have sex with your co-worker on the gurney two curtains over" simulator, that they are in fact, in crushing debt.