THQ closes Homefront dev Kaos, Digital Warrington

By Johnny Cullen, Monday, 13 June 2011 17:05 GMT

THQ has confirmed that it’s closing New York-based Homefront developer Kaos Studios and THQ Digital Warrington.

In a prepared statement, THQ said the move is “a strategic realignment within its internal studio structure.”

Here’s the full thing:

“THQ confirmed today that it has made a strategic realignment within its internal studio structure and is in the process of closing two locations: the company’s UK studio and KAOS studio in New York. Both studios’ employees have been informed.

“THQ continues its strategy of aligning the best industry talent with the company’s marquee franchises. The Montreal studio will take over product development and overall creative management for the Homefront franchise. The Montreal studio actively collaborated with KAOS on Homefront.

“The company continues to strengthen its internal creative development expertise and is actively hiring in many of its internal studios, including Montreal and Vancouver, Canada, as well as Austin, Texas.

“THQ’s UK studio and KAOS employees will have the opportunity to interview for open positions with the company globally.”

Speculation of Kaos disbanding stretches back to GDC, with the suggestion being that it would join the new Montreal studio to continue development on the series there.

THQ Montreal will work on one new IP as well as an option to work on another one or an existing IP, with teams headed up by general manager Dave Gatchel and former Assassin’s Creed head Patrice Désilets, who only jointed the studio today.

Core boss Danny Bilson said back then that it was looking at the options on the table.

The game was critically panned, but did reasonably well otherwise. It became the most pre-ordered title in THQ history, as well as shipped 2.6 million units and sold 1 million units in its first week.

Meanwhile, the publisher’s UK studio in Warrington was behind Red Faction: Battlegrounds and the recently-announced Warhammer 40k: Kill Team.

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