THQ really has been busy this afternoon, both closing Homefront developer Kaos Studios and, errr, announcing the franchise's sequel. THQ also closed down its Digital Warrington studio, in a "strategic" move designed to "realign its internal studio structure".
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 companys UK studio and KAOS studio in New York. Both studios employees have been informed," stated the publisher's press release on the matter.
THQ continues its strategy of aligning the best industry talent with the companys 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.
THQs UK studio and KAOS employees will have the opportunity to interview for open positions with the company globally.
Kaos Studios' closure has been on the cards since as far back as March, when various employees at the company cited concerns about their position once development of Homefront was completed.
Curiously, Eurogamer's followed up today's job-loss story with confirmation that THQ is planning a sequel to its Call Of Duty contender.
Core games boss Danny Bilson told the website: "Everything we learned from [the original Homefront] you'll see executed in other games going forward, and including that franchise going forward. We'll have some really interesting announcements in the future about the future of that brand."
It's been a big day for THQ in general; former Assassin's Creed man Patrice Desilets also started work at the publisher's Montreal branch today. We're assuming he won't be involved with the development of Homefront 2.