From Gamesindustry International‘s interview with THQ president Jason Rubin:
And he [THQ CEO Brian Farrell] said, “Well, where do you think the industry’s going? Do you think these titles can compete with $120 million dollar super titles?”
So I said, “Well, you know, three, four years ago I would’ve said no. Even two years ago I would’ve said no.” But looking at the industry in the future and what’s happened in PC space, I think there’s going to be a much wider variety of games in the future. I think you’ll see things like Portal or World of Tanks or League of Legends or other ways of attracting people that don’t require the snazziest graphics, the most dollars per minute on screen, 600 person teams. Not that those titles won’t do well. They’ll do really well. And they’ll get bigger and that’s a race. But we don’t have to necessarily play in that race…
… And I think we can do all right without it. Take a look at [South Park] Stick of Truth. A lot of people are talking about it, excited about it. That’s not a blockbuster. Graphically, it’s not going to compete with Call of Duty, but it’s a really cool game. Metro’s gotten a lot of nominations for Best in Show. Company of Heroes, the sequel to the highest rated RTS of all time. There are good things to do.
“I think there’s going to be a much wider variety of games in the future.” I like the sound of that.