After a tumultuous year that has seen THQ make a number of restructuring and lay-off moves, THQ has today announced the closure of the Australian office in Melbourne, affecting the future of 18 employees.
Responsible for publishing the Saints Row and Darksiders franchise as well as Warhammer 40K: Space Marine and the original Epic Mickey THQ is a significant player in the video game market that has failed to keep its head above water in recent times.
In February this year a restructure forced 240 people onto the job market followed by the company closing down offices in Japan and San Diego.
In August THQ closed down development studios Blue Tongue Entertainment in Melbourne and with this announcement the complete closure of the office.
Distribution of THQ titles has been picked up by All Interactive Entertainment in the Asia Pacific region.
“We are delighted to broaden our relationship with a top publisher such as THQ,” said Robert Kingston, Director of AIE. “We look forward to bringing THQ’s highly-anticipated new video game releases and existing game portfolio to our retail network in the territory.”