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THQ closes Kaos and Warrington studios

Mon 13 Jun 2011 4:09pm GMT / 12:09pm EDT / 9:09am PDT
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All future Homefront development due to move to THQ Montreal

Update

THQ has confirmed that Homefront developer Kaos Studios will be closed down, as well as THQ Digital Warrington.

The studios are part of a "strategic realignment" which aligns neatly with the gearing up of THQ's new Montreal office.

"THQ continues its strategy of aligning the best industry talent with the company's marquee franchises," THQ said in a statement issued to Gamasutra.

"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."

Employees from the closed studios have been invited to interview for jobs at the company's offices in Montreal, Vancouver and Austin.

Kaos Studios employ 70 staffers, whilst the smaller THQ Digital Warrington was the publisher's only presence in the UK.

Original story

Reports originating on Twitter have indicated that Homefront developer Kaos Studios is closing down, with development of any further content for the game, or indeed any sequel, being transferred to THQ Montreal.

The first mention of a possible closure was attributed to an ex-Kaos team member, Zach Wilson, who claimed that several of his ex-colleagues had already secured new positions. News reports of the potential closure soon followed.

Last week at E3, THQ's core games boss, Danny Bilsson confirmed that future Homefront development would be occurring at Montreal, telling sister site Eurogamer that:

"We said all along that Montreal will be an important home for that franchise in the future. The best talent from the game will always be invited and involved. I love that team. I worked really hard with that team and supported them. We'll still support the talent that built that game."

GamesIndustry.biz has contacted THQ for comment on the issue.

11 Comments

Terence Gage Freelance writer

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"We'll still support the talent that built that game."

By telling them they have to move to Montreal or resign, yeah? Awesome.

Posted:3 years ago

#1

Frankie Kang Producer / Consultant, First Post LLC

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Good luck to all those affected.

Posted:3 years ago

#2
We need to really have a pro games business incentives. Why cant we have a games development triangle/park like Raleigh or such. If Shoreditch is a UK roundabout silicon valley, lets have a giant eye of games!

Posted:3 years ago

#3

Andrew Goodchild Studying development, Train2Game

1,255 421 0.3
"We said all along that Montreal will be an important home for that franchise in the future."

Now I'm sure I read Mr Bilson say that Kaos's future would be dependent on the game being successful, when rumours of layoffs were circulating pre release. And it got to number 1, quickly selling more than the 2 million he said it needed to break even. So does "said all along" now mean "said something completely different" ? Because if so I must have missed the memo.

Posted:3 years ago

#4

Richard Badger Director, Production, Juice Games

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Guys, be sure to check out Warhammer 40,000 Kill Team when it launches in July/August on XBLA and PSN. A fantastic acrade shooter developed in just 10 months by a fantastically talented & hard working team. Well done guys, you should be very proud!

Posted:3 years ago

#5

Steven Dobbs programmer, thunderworks

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a pity.

Posted:3 years ago

#6

Nolan Rowles Character Modeller, Bizarre Creations

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Really sorry to hear about this Richard, the very best best of luck to all the team there.

Posted:3 years ago

#7
Sorry to hear for all the Juice guys. It's a shame, another UK studio bites the dust. Good luck to everyone. Some of us are still hiring fortunately - check the gamesindustry.biz job ads for Firebrand or our web site.

Posted:3 years ago

#8

robert troughton UK General Manager, Epic Games

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The government clearly needs to do something and soon... when they turned down tax breaks and suggested that the industry rethink how it needs help, I thought something else would have come together by now... surely industry bodies such as TIGA and ELSPA should have come up with an alternative plan by now..?

Seeing so many go abroad should spur the government to help us if nothing else... the UK -is- offering tax breaks in a way because everyone is breaking out of the country to save tax... so the government is losing any tax proceeds from these people anyway.

Muppets.

Posted:3 years ago

#9
Look, we know there ARE tax incentives.

Afterall, we're probably having to shove loads of monies to the Eurobean bank or IMF for their PIGS bailout funds. A real case of slash at burn at home and feeding hungry other mouths (who do not seek to make any real incentive to save themselves)

In addition, I'm sure it is really ironic that we make crazy cost cutting procedures at home, and sends a stupendous amount (5-10bn?) in terms of bailout funds, charity funds (due to prior agreements), and lose out to Europe again with their proposed Tobin tax.

Posted:3 years ago

#10

Nick Burcombe CEO & Co Founder, Playrise Digital Ltd.

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Good luck people. Anyone involved who thinks about setting up on their own make sure you get onto the NW Indies group. Not for job seekers - just freelance and independent developers. http://www.nwindies.org.uk/

Edited 1 times. Last edit by Nick Burcombe on 14th June 2011 12:39pm

Posted:3 years ago

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