THQ: Layoffs Don’t Affect Core Volition Team

THQ: Layoffs Don't Affect Core Volition Team

The central development teams at THQ-owned Red Faction: Guerilla and Saints Row developer Volition will not be affected by recently reported layoffs, a corporate rep told Edge on Wednesday.

"[The round of cuts] will not result in any layoffs within the core development teams at Volition," said Julie MacMedan, THQ’s VP of investor relations and corporate communications. "Volition remains a key development studio within THQ and will continue to employ 236 staff."

The rep confirmed the company laid off 86 workers yesterday at Volition’s Champaign, Ill.-based quality assurance facility, which will eventually close. Forty-seven of those laid off were temporary employees who will not be having their services extended, MacMedan said, and the remaining 39 were full-time.

Sixteen employees at the QA office will transfer to Volition.

The layoffs come in the wake of THQ’s February announcement that it would be laying off 24 percent of its workforce, or 600 employees. The Volition QA cuts are part of this plan.

"Unfortunately, fluctuating headcount among the temporary staff is common based on when our games ship," MacMedan noted.

All laid off employees will be given "at least" 60 days notice. "We will do what we can to assist them in finding work in the community or elsewhere in THQ," she said.

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