THQ expanding Kaos Studios

Beleaguered publisher's wholly owned subsidiary says it is hiring for a number of open positions related to unannounced project.

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One look at recent headlines relating to THQ, and it's obvious that the company has seen better days. In November, the publisher said that it planned to close five internal studios, as well as trim two others, in an effort to halve its core game slate. By early February, THQ said that it planned to lay off roughly 600 employees--or 24 percent of its workforce--following a holiday quarter in which sales slipped 30 percent from a year before. It also revealed that Saints Row developer Volition's payroll would be pared down with Rise of Nations-maker Big Huge Games being either sold off or shut down.

Not all of THQ's internal development houses are shrinking, though. Today, Frontlines: Fuel of War-maker Kaos Studios announced that it is hiring for a number of open positions related to an unannounced project.

Details on the title were not revealed, though open job listings on the developer's Web site indicate that Kaos is at work on a "next-gen" first-person shooter using "a world-class brand." Of note, in September, a video appeared online purporting to be leaked in-game footage of THQ's as-yet-unannounced third-person shooter Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine.

In February 2008, Kaos released Frontlines--its debut title--for the Xbox 360 and PC to a measurably positive critical reception. THQ canceled a PlayStation 3 edition of the game shortly before the other two versions launched last year.

Discussion

10 comments
a_tiger101
a_tiger101

I really hope they gonna make another frontline.

prolink47
prolink47

frontlines could of been a better game i blame THQ and koas for that and hope they both go under with Eidos and saga

vassago_
vassago_

Nice to see a mod team go so far. The vast majority of Kaos developed Desert Combat, for BF1942. It's enlightening to see some good news despite all the recent closures and layoffs.

Merl57
Merl57

i hope they do well

demi_veritaz
demi_veritaz

I like THQ's games quite a bit. They may not always be topnotch, they've stuck behind their games and supported them faithfully. I hope they survive.

Wallenstein_155
Wallenstein_155

I just hope someone can save Volition and Big Huge Games

downloadthefile
downloadthefile

beyond Company of Heroes they dont really have any amazing games, and i didnt personally enjoy company of heroes. i hope the workers have the best, but otherwise start making good games...we're capitalists here, dog eat dog world.

shawn7324
shawn7324

I loved Frontlines, this is good news here.

otanikun
otanikun

I relatively have enjoyed THQ's games, just not anything recent, but Frontlines was nice; wonder what that project is.

adecoy95
adecoy95

thq is too awsome to die