According to a Gamasutra report, THQ is in the process of closing Digital Warrington and Kaos Studios, two of its wholly-owned development studios. The Kaos Studios closure had been hinted at by THQ earlier this year, as the company eyed moving its developmental operations to the Montreal area where it already has a presence.
"THQ continues its strategy of aligning the best industry talent with the company’s marquee franchises," the company said in a statement sent to Gamasutra.
In March THQ laid off 17 employees, leaving the studio about 70 developers strong. Today those 70 employees are out of work, though THQ said that it is hiring for Montreal and all employees that have been let go may apply for jobs there. That is little comfort for those that can’t afford to relocate to Canada.
Over 45 employees were employed at THQ’s Digital Warrington studio. Formerly known as Juiced Games, it is best known for the Juiced series of racing games. According to an estimate by Gamasutra the company had around 45 employees before it was shut down. Digital Warrington’s most recent game, Red Faction: Battlegrounds, was mostly panned by critics and sold around 2,000 units.
Homefront did considerably better, moving an estimated one million copies worldwide in its first ten days of release.