No more studio closures, says THQ


New THQ president Jason Rubin insists that the troubled publisher will not be closing any more studios.

In the past 12 months THQ has dropped the shutters on Homefront developer Kaos Studios; its UK studio, Digital Warrington; THQ Australia, De Blob 2 developer Blue Tongue, and a studio in Phoenix, Arizona; and, last week, THQ San Diego closed too. Speaking to Joystiq, however, Rubin insisted that no futher closures were necessary.

"We have the appropriate number of teams, and the appropriate number of people working on products, and we're not going to be continuing to cut teams," he said – though he hinted that he may recommend that some projects be cancelled or significantly changed in the coming weeks.

Rubin, who was appointed as THQ's president last month, is yet to assess the publisher's upcoming slate. "I have to go around and look at everything over the next few weeks," he said, "and I have to then decide which of the titles are the ones we're going to focus on based on what I believe our future should be.

"I'm taking every project as [if it were] clay, a clay statue that's been built. It's not nearly been completed. It can be augmented, it can be shrunk, it can be changed. Everything is up for change to make the best possible product [it] could be."