THQ cuts 86 Volition positions

Core team at Red Faction and Saints Row studio left alone, but dozens of QA temps and staffers receive walking papers.

Last month, THQ announced that it would be laying off a quarter of its global work force, more than 600 workers. Today the publisher shed a little more light on where those layoffs were coming from, announcing that it had laid off 86 employees from developer Volition's quality-assurance staff.

Red Faction: Guerrilla will be the next Volition game to hit shelves.

The layoffs hit Volition's Champaign, Illinois QA facility, which is not far from Volition's Champaign, Illinois headquarters. That QA location will eventually be closed, with 16 employees transferring to Volition proper. A THQ representative stressed that the core development team of 236 employees at Volition--best known for its Saints Row and Red Faction franchises--will remain untouched.

Of the 86 layoffs, 47 are temporary workers who won't have their contracts extended, with the remaining 39 cuts consisting of full-timers. THQ noted that all laid-off employees will be given 60 days' notice, and the publisher will attempt to assist them in transitioning to work elsewhere in the industry or at other locations within the company.

Currently, Volition is working on a third Saints Row game and Red Faction: Guerrilla. Previously, the developer scored hits with the Descent and Summoner franchises, as well as 2005's The Punisher for the PlayStation 2, Xbox, and PC.

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AnarchyRising
AnarchyRising

Kind of weird to release a shlt game like SR2 and lay off your QA before a hopefully good game like RF is being released. The fact that SR2 sold alot of copies does not mean all who bought it, liked it. Good luck not tanking Red Faction, by laying off your QA people. Idiots

unknown2007
unknown2007

i agree. i don't get it either. why not lay off the crappy game producers such as half the staff that creates the WWE franchise and keep the quality ones? but i guess that's a stretch considering THQ isn't known for quality it's mostly known for having glitches in there games.

Ripper_TV
Ripper_TV

236 employees at Volition? I'm surprised at how much less populated studious make better and LESS glitchy games. And laying off quality-assurance staff?? You gotta be kidding, you never had them, admit it!

aura_enchanted
aura_enchanted

ouch srry volition, ur cool and all, umm where u at XD

mcjakeqcool
mcjakeqcool

Can't wait for Saints Row 3 and Red Faction: Guerrilla.

japanesegoth
japanesegoth

that sucks. and no the bad economy cannot be blamed on one person. stupid... anyway, it looks like gaming is definitely seeing the effects of the rough economy. and i need a job. what perfect timing :S

unknown2007
unknown2007

THizzle7XU Posted Mar 5, 2009 4:07 pm GMT "I'm sorry, but the economy is not in the hands of a single person...ever." that comment is exactly right...it's actually in the hands of greedy people that borrow money from the banks to pay off there housing mortgage but never pay it back. that's why the US government is in the craphole with people losing there jobs left and right..almost like the Great Depression the media is always talking about.

Amnesiac23
Amnesiac23 moderator

dear god. 600 workers...This sad to hear. I've never been a great fan of this company because they have made a lot of crap but that many people losing their jobs is sad. Me, my boyfriend and my mom have lost their jobs to lay-offs. Nothing good about people losing their jobs.

insanitycheck3
insanitycheck3

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king_bobo
king_bobo

@ fariso - you should never, ever say that it's good when people are unemployed. EVER! On top of that, I hardly think that any of the Red Faction or Saints Row games could actually be considered 'bad' by anyone who enjoys having fun. Gamespot could do without people like you...

Vanshluuugnheim
Vanshluuugnheim

THizzle7XU Posted Mar 5, 2009 4:07 pm GMT "I'm sorry, but the economy is not in the hands of a single person...ever." Smart Person, tonio12 Posted Mar 5, 2009 3:57 pm GMT "THIS IS ALL BUSHES FUALT" Dumb Person

THizzle7XU
THizzle7XU

I'm sorry, but the economy is not in the hands of a single person...ever.

tonio12
tonio12

THIS IS ALL BUSHES FUALT

ottumatic
ottumatic

@Humorguy_basic Haha. Not really depends on the company's focus. Normally, the Sales and Marketing are the first to be trimmed.

xbox4life76
xbox4life76

I've worked in Q/A for years and some companies feel they can minimize the amount of people who test a game but in the end, the consumer gets screwed with buggy games. But I guess a company needs to make money, so what can you do...

ChromeGrill212
ChromeGrill212

Look at it in the bright side, atleast the employees lost their job at a time that red faction is almost about to be released. so it wouldnt affect the games that much since red faction is almost about to release anyways. So I'm still expecting Red Faction to be a good game even though it would have been a better game if those employees didnt lose their job

Humorguy_basic
Humorguy_basic

Hope you all noticed that 'Quality Assurance' people are the first to go. Even Buggier games, here we come!

CamiKitten
CamiKitten

That's sad...even more people losing work. Thankfully THQ is actually aiding those people in the transition of finding new employment.

Hedfix
Hedfix

It might be Champaign, but this is no cause for celebration. I hope they don't have the Saint's Row 2 porn star on retainer, what a waste of money I mean how many extra sales do they think they've had by putting her in the game?

blaskowicz
blaskowicz

Here's wishing a new Freespace game comes along someday.

beakerbun
beakerbun

Phew, Saints Row 2 was AWESOME glad the team is left in tact.

SkidRow18
SkidRow18

Hope it doesn't affect Saints Row 3...

lordrave
lordrave

The new Red faction tittles are coming up huh? Well, Good to hear the workers arent actually fired, and was transferred. What the hell man? Is the economy this day are phreeaaakin bad?!

shawn7324
shawn7324

Love the Red Faction games of the past, however I'm afraid they will screw things up for the 3rd in the series.

r_gam3
r_gam3

time to move to Wii, low costs, high profits.

unknown2007
unknown2007

the US economy is not looking so good for the video game industry. not just THQ...but for allot of other big name companies. i truly hope things turns around for the best and obama's strategy plan works out in the long run.

Alpha0026
Alpha0026

LOLZ my friends aunt was the VP of THQ and she got out quick about two years ago, good for her... SRY THQ good luck, dont make so many wrestling games plz

gsnmaster
gsnmaster

all this talk about the "developer of the saints row, Punisher and Red Faction" games. What the hell happened to Freespace 2? There *are* diehard fans out there (like me), you know. I hope that kind of talent is still in the company somewhere.

fariso
fariso

Good, thats what happens when you make bad games.

SmashingX
SmashingX

wow i used to think this ws gonna e an awesome game, but now i'm expecting less =/.

monco59
monco59

There goes Volition's quality down the crapper...

Stanford123
Stanford123

hopefully this doesnt mess up any new games and or jobs for people

Sagacious_Tien
Sagacious_Tien

Hopefully they do help the others make their transitions. I hope this doesn't affect the quality of the games.

darkboy90
darkboy90

There doing the same thing that dell is doing. Dell chopped off a lot of upper mangement and temp workers too and shut down a couple of factories. Nothing seems to be recession proof first the banks, then the car companies and the gaming industry. Im starting to wonder when the medical industry will be hit next or the fast food industry will be affected. Maybe I should change my major from game design to something medical now

xxxMoreBeerxxx
xxxMoreBeerxxx

Saints Row 2 was such a good game! Can't wait for 3.

insanitycheck3
insanitycheck3

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Alex_09
Alex_09

I know Volition best for mastering the action in The Punisher game back in 2005. They really are great develoers, or whatever you would call them, so this is sad to hear. If some crap company like Eidos was going through this I wouldn't care at all, but these guys make great products so it's too bad they're losing the jobs they do so well.

kuddles79
kuddles79

I think at this point, with every day announcing more layoffs or closures, all that "gaming is recession proof" talk really seems more ridiculous then ever. Sucks that they lost their jobs, though. Especially the QA department. I liked the Saint's Row games, but to be fair I don't think anyone played those games and thought Volition should actually have fewer people on their staff checking for bugs.

LordDeArnise
LordDeArnise

Should not affect the ongoing development of Saints Row 3; since this franchise is as good as the GTA franchise.

jrabbit99
jrabbit99

Its so sad that so many people are losing their jobs.

kungfuj0
kungfuj0

I loved Saint's Row 1 and 2, and I can't wait for 3 to come, so I'm glad the dev team is intact. I hate it for the folks who are out of jobs though. Unfortuately, that seems to come up all too often these days.

nathace
nathace

saints row had more things 2 do than GT4, and GTA4 Had less to do! :S stil preffer gta4 tho!

amkalfus
amkalfus

hope this doesn't effect any upcoming games, especially red faction

downloadthefile
downloadthefile

saints row 2 was the arcade version of gta iv, and it really wasnt that great...