Avengers Videogame Cancelled?
|NEWS - VIDEOGAME NEWS|
Who will avenge the Avengers?
And can I even see a superhero movie without a video game tie-in? I don't know anymore.
THQ, Inc., the videogame company behind Red Faction: Armageddon and Saints Row announced yesterday that they would be closing two of their studios and eliminating 200 positions, or approximately 12% of their workforce. The California-based company will be closing their Australia offices in Melbourne and in Brisbane; the Brisbane office is where primary development on The Avengers videogame (based on the upcoming Joss Whedon-helmed film) has taken place.
One might guess that development on this particular game would be transferred to another office, were it not for this information from the THQ press release: Brian Farrell, CEO of THQ, stated, ""We are making shifts to reduce movie-based and licensed kids’ video games in our portfolio, which underscores our strategy to move away from games that will not generate strong profits in the future."
This announcement comes on the heels of disappointing financial results that involved a 38.4 million dollar loss, due mostly to lackluster sales of two major titles, Red Faction: Armageddon and the motocross game MX vs. ATV. THQ will no longer develop games for the Red Faction and MX motocross titles. Instead, the company plans to focus on creating "a critical mass of users on social media platforms" with games such as the Jimmy Buffet's Margaritaville. And luckily, Barbie: Jet Set will continue on her Glam Fashion Tour. (Whew, what a relief!) In all seriousness, though, this represents a major change in THQ's announced multi-year plan to reposition its marketing and titles to hardcore gamers. Saints Row: the Third, due for release in November, may still appeal to gamers, as well as the new WWE '12.
Don't worry too much about the employees who have been laid off, however. Sega Studios Australia, now the biggest game developer in Australia, is reportedly 'providing opportunities' to recently terminated THQ staff.
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