There won't be any more Sega-published Marvel games.
Sega sales are down across the board, leading to an overall loss of 2.224 billion yen (£17.6 million) for the three months April, May and June.
During the same period last year, Sega recorded a profit of 7.036 billion yen (£55.6 million).
Why did this happen? Sales were lower and costs were higher. Sega made 28.5 per cent less this financial Q1 than the same period last year. The take for April to June 2011 was 65,331 yen (£516 million).
It can't be that hard to put together a decent movie tie-in, surely. The characters have been created already, you've got an existing story to adapt or develop from and there are probably several action set-pieces you can build entire levels around. OK, so the deadline is written in stone and you'll probably get six months to knock the game out, if you're lucky. But since nobody is expecting anything particularly original it should be simple enough to produce a game that's pretty good, at least. Right?
Thor has all of these advantages, coupled with the ability to dip into Norse mythology as well as Marvel's rich comic-book universe. So why does it fail so badly at the most basic elements of gameplay? How do you take the concept of "Big Man Smash Monsters With Hammer" and make it so dull?
In essence, this is the God of Thunder offering his take on God of War. Thor enters an area, enemies rush out, and you start mashing the buttons to smash them all into a fine paste with your magical hammer. And, sad to say, button-mashing is really all that's required. There is a ridiculously long-winded combo system in place, augmented with four elemental powers, but as with most melee fighting games that are put together in a hurry, there's rarely any need to learn more than a handful of useful attacks to get you through each encounter.
Celebrate! It's a three day week for UK gamers! But the game industry release schedule stops for no man or wedding, and neither do we.
SEGA's Captain America and Thor movie tie-in games will launch on the Nintendo 3DS.
SEGA has announced that film-game Thor arrives on 29th April - a week earlier than previously thought.
Movie tie-in Thor: God of Thunder will launch on 3rd May 2011.
Confirmation comes from the Spike Video Game Awards trailer released at the weekend. It's below.
3rd May is a Tuesday, the day games are normally released in the US. We're checking on an European release date now.
Chris "Captain Kirk" Hemsworth will reprise his role as Thor in SEGA's movie tie-in game. The publisher has also signed scrawny-faced British actor Tom Hiddleston to reprise his role as tricksy Norse god Loki.
Hammering one out on top of a mountain.
SEGA has excited legions of Marvel fans by unveiling Thor: The Video Game for release on "all five major consoles" in summer 2011.
SEGA has then cast a shadow of doubt over the project by revealing it to be an accompaniment of the Thor film.
No one mention Iron Man.