|THQ UK shut down|
|Posted: 14.07.2011 01:34 by||Comments: 0|
Warhammer 40,000: Kill Team was just released today, and it seems that that'll be all THQ UK produces, as the Britain-based developer has been shut down by THQ, as 36 employees will be losing their job in the process.
From the carnage arise three start-up companies, two of which are new development studios. One is D3T, a three man team led by Jamie Campbell and Stephen Powell, and the other is unnamed but being established by Don Whiteford and Ric Badger. The third company is a concept team, called Alien Apple Studios, is also being being formed by Stu and Donna Jennett.
The founder of THQ UK himself, Colin Bell, will be taking a sabbatical. "THQ have done all they can through the consultancy period and have treated staff with respect," Bell said in an interview after the announcement. "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.
THQ UK was formerly Juice Games, which produced the overlooked Juiced racing titles, among other games. Bell was proud of the company's history and its latest and last game, "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, will be a great parting product for the studio."