UK THQ Studio Behind Warhammer 40K: Kill Team Shut Down
Written Thursday, July 14, 2011 By Richard WalkerView author's profile
With THQ announcing plans to shut down Homefront developer Kaos Studios and its UK-based digital studio THQ Warrington - the developer behind Red Faction: Battlegrounds and Warhammer 40,000: Kill Team - a month ago, , the former closed its doors last month, but the latter has only just completed its required consultancy period. Consequently, the studio will close as planned with 36 staff to be made redundant with 10 to be kept on to finish up Kill Team for PSN.
However, despite the bad news, three new companies have already been formed out of the ashes of THQ Warrington, with two new developers and a concept team. D3T is one of the new studios, which is a three-man team, and the other new studio is being set up by former Creative Director Don Whiteford and Production Director Ric Badger, but has yet to be named or made official.
The concept team is called Alien Apple Studios, which with the aforementioned two studios has ensured that the ex-THQ Warrington team have found new work. Other staff still looking for employment are being offered contract work by Sony and MotorStorm developer Evolution.
And finally, THQ Warrington founder Colin Bell is taking a break from the games industry and gave some comments on the situation with the studio's closure: "THQ have done all they can through the consultancy period and have treated staff with respect," Bell told Develop. "I've definitely been proud to have been involved in setting up and running the studio and have no regrets. I've also been proud to work for THQ. We've provided around 400 man years of employment over the last eight years and that is no mean feat.
"However it's game sales that count! Juiced franchise has sold over 5m and I'm hoping that Warhammer 40k Kill Team, which is launched today [on XBLA], will be a great parting product for the studio."
Warhammer 40,000: Kill Team is heading for release on the PlayStation Network later this summer for $9.99, and playing it will unlock a power sword to wield in the upcoming Space Marine from Relic, which is out in August.