THQ Studio Confirms Closure

THQ Studio Confirms Closure

Following anonymous rumors that four to five internal THQ studios are closing shop, one of those rumored studios, Helixe, has told Edge it is in fact shutting down.

Asked to confirm the closure rumor, the operator for the Boston-area developer said, "You’ve got it. … We’re packing today."

She would not go into further detail regarding the circumstances surrounding the studio’s closure, and was unaware that THQ studios Paradigm, Locomotive, Sandblast Games and Mass Media have also appeared in closure rumor reports.

Helixe was a developer of Wii and DS titles for THQ.

A rep for THQ corporate would not confirm or deny the reports. "As of now, we are not [commenting], but you’ll hear something shortly," the rep said.

When contacted via phone, a Paradigm employee would not comment on the reports, and referred us to corporate.

Locomotive, Sandblast Games and Mass Media did not answer phone calls.

It’s unclear how many employees could be affected by closures. THQ will be announcing its earnings later this week.

Develop also cited anonymous sources who said U.K.-based THQ studio Juice Games has laid off a third of its staff.

The news follows layoff news from Avalanche, Midway, Gamelab, Silicon Knights, WildTangent and EA, the last of which let go of 600 workers.