Aussie Brisbane studios safe from flood waters

THQ's Studio Oz, Halfbrick, and Creative Assembly braving flood waters affecting Queensland capital; most hope to get back to normal working hours early next week.

As flood waters get ready to hit their peak in the central suburbs of Brisbane tomorrow, the Australian gaming industry's focus is fixed squarely on a handful of development studios that call the Queensland capital home.

After speaking to THQ's Studio Oz (Avatar: The Last Airbender, SpongeBob SquarePants: Lights, Camera, Pants!, Avatar: The Last Airbender: Into the Inferno), Halfbrick (Heatseeker, Raskulls, Fruit Ninja), and Sega's Creative Assembly (Medieval II: Total War, Stormrise) studios earlier today, GameSpot AU can confirm that all employees from the three studios and their families are safe, and that none of the companies have been affected by rising flood waters as of this time.

Studio Oz, located in Fortitude Valley just outside the Brisbane CBD, is currently still in operation, but at a reduced capacity. Most of the studio's employees have moved to higher ground or have gone home, with other buildings in the area already affected by flood waters. The studio occupied the first three floors of its building, but has not yet been affected. Its employees are hoping to resume a normal working week from Monday.

Halfbrick, located in Kelvin Grove on the outskirts of the Brisbane CBD, instructed all its employees to go home yesterday afternoon following radio reports of evacuations nearby. Although the studio is not operating today, it is hoping to reopen by Friday this week depending on how quickly flood waters recede. Although the studio is in a central position, marketing manager Phil Larsen says there is little chance of flooding because Halfbrick's offices occupy the top level of a two-story building located on top of a hill.

Sega's Creative Assembly studio is also doing well--it told GameSpot AU it's "business as usual," despite its location close to Studio Oz in Fortitude Valley.

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7 comments
TurambarGS
TurambarGS

12 dead, 50+ still missing. Tbh the game studios getting back to work hasn't even entered my mind, though I understand GS is just reporting it from a gaming angle. Here's hoping there's no further loss of life. Going to take years to rebuild everything after the waters recede.

Australians
Australians

lucky they haven't been hit too bad yet but their probably going to be hit really bad especially with the rising water levels. The past 3 years haven't treated Australia well regarding natural disasters well we can only hope more of the missing people are found and that their aren't too many more deaths

johnnyauau
johnnyauau

My deepest sympathies for people in flooded areas in both Queensland and New South Wales. Even Victoria maybe. I live in Canberra and I hate to think my city is going to be flooded soon. Anyway, I hope they'll survive and will take a long time so they'll be playing video games very soon. I wish I can help but I'll donate for now.

mininutta2
mininutta2

@nathan24jack Hyped for a certain sequel being released soon by Crytek are we?

krisroe_213
krisroe_213

@nathan24jack i see what you did there

mjc
mjc moderator moderator

Fingers crossed the waters peak soon and recede quickly so everyone can get back to things.

nathan24jack
nathan24jack

Well its good to know that everyone is ok. My heart goes out to all those affected by this crysis.