THQ have sent through a press release talking about their strategic
internal development "realignment", which includes the closure of THQ Brisbane, and Melbourne's Blue Tongue as well as a development team based in Phoenix, Arizona.
"With this realignment, we are narrowing our focus to high-quality owned IP with broad appeal that can be leveraged across multiple platforms, and to work with the best talent in the industry. By right-sizing our internal development capacities for our console portfolio, our five internal studios are focused on delivering high-quality games with talented teams driving the execution of those titles to market,” said Brian Farrell, President and CEO, THQ via press release
“As we have outlined in our business strategies, we are making shifts to reduce movie-based and licensed kids’ video games in our portfolio, which underscores our strategy to move away from games that will not generate strong profits in the future.”
According to the release, all 200 staff let-go in the "strategic realignment" are able to apply for positions within any of THQ's global offices still standing. And while it is good to hear a company moving away
from licensed products and games for children, to focus more on core, new and original IPs, it's always sad to hear about Aussie studio closures.