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.

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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.

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