The WWE are suing both THQ and JAKKS Pacific (publisher and developer of Smackdown vs Raw 2007 respectively). This is because the WWE has accused them both of supplying the game illegally in Japan and other Asian territories. Will the game get delayed? Or even worse, scratched?
The WWE names both THQ and JAKKS Pacific in the suit, and alleges that together they improperly sold video games based on WWE properties in Japan and other Asian territories. The lawsuit asserts that the WWE is entitled to terminate THQ’s license and claim monetary damages.
Looks like THQ are in trouble…
THQ have said they won’t lie down and take it, and have expressed they will defend the case in the best way they can. This doesn’t mean the current game will meet the release date (10th of November for Europe and the 14th of November for the USA), as the WWE may ask for them to wait until the suit has been decided. Should the WWE win, I doubt that the game would be allowed to ship. Either that, or it would ship without any licensed material, and would probably be the last game.
This isn’t the first time the WWE have attempted to sue THQ and threatened to remove the contract. Back in 2004 (two years and two days ago, spooky no?) they thought fraud was being commited from within. Suffice to say the games are still in production and THQ still hold the license.
So don’t worry, it’s happened before, and the game was fine. Everyone is keeping a close eye on this one, so you will know the outcome when it is announced.
Hopefully the game will be released in November, as previously mentioned. And if you’re in Japan, expect the game on the 31st of December.
Thanks to ChrisBenoit23 for the submit. Straight from the horses mouth!