The news from THQ continues to get worse and frankly, down right depressing. Yesterday afternoon, THQ let 118 employees go with an insane 79 fired from Vigil Games and another 39 released from Relic Entertainment. The financial trouble and dire straits that THQ has found itself in this past year is just staggering. In Q3 alone, they reported a 56 million dollar loss and not only that, THQ is planning on letting 240 employees go by the time September 2012 hits. It’s very scary news.
The biggest part of all of this is that the upcoming MMO Warhammer 40,000: Dark Millennium Online is not actually going to be an MMO anymore. The main reason? THQ couldn’t find a publishing partner to help handle the burden and with the financial strain of creating and managing an MMO, it was probably too much for them to handle at this point. So they removed the “Online” part and are transitioning the game to be a single player experience with multiplayer elements. No word yet on what the “elements” part actually is.
The real worrisome news here is that Vigil Games and their upcoming sequel, Darksiders II, is due out in July and they lost a huge number of employees. I’d have to assume that those let go were not needed to finish the product but hopefully it’s not a sign of potential trouble. Plus, it’s 79 people.
Of course my condolences to those laid off. Best of luck everyone, I’m sure you’ll catch on with someone soon. With the amount of positioning by game companies on Twitter yesterday afternoon, I have a feeling these men and women will land on their feet sooner than later.