THQ ditches Aussie studios

Homefront publisher THQ has closed its two Australian studios in a recent round of cutbacks.

Blue Tongue in Melbourne and the company’s Brisbane offices have been shut down, along with a studio in Phoenix in the US, resulting in around 200 jobs going.

Company CEO Brian Farrell spoke out on the closures. “With this realignment, we are narrowing our focus to high-quality owned IP with broad appeal that can be leveraged across multiple platforms, and to work with the best talent in the industry,” he said.

“By right-sizing our internal development capacities for our console portfolio, our five internal studios are focused on delivering high-quality games with talented teams driving the execution of those titles to market. As we have outlined in our business strategies, we are making shifts to reduce movie-based and licensed kids’ video games in our portfolio, which underscores our strategy to move away from games that will not generate strong profits in the future.”

Blue Tongue’s previous work included the series of de Blob games. We guess this spells the death of that franchise, just like how THQ cut Red Faction last month. The company has been cutting back for a good while now, with other studios like Kaos also falling victim.