MX vs. ATV Alive
THQ Closes Two Studios and Cans MX vs. ATV Series
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THQ has been tightening up its purse strings again having closed Homefront developer Kaos Studios, this time closing down two studios in Australia, as well as dissolving one of its development teams stationed out in Phoenix. THQ has also binned its MX vs. ATV franchise, axing 200 jobs in doing so.

“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. 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,” said THQ President and CEO Brian Farrell. “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.”

All the best to the former THQ staff looking for new jobs.

[Via Game Informer]


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Comment #1 by Elyk Nosam
Wednesday, August 10, 2011 @ 11:52:48 AM
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Way to go!!!

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Comment #2 by BuckitBong
Wednesday, August 10, 2011 @ 11:55:07 AM
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Everyday we hear about devs closing doors. I don't understand how so many people can lose their jobs in this "golden age" of video gaming. I wish you all luck.

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Comment #3 by ScottCorno1987
Wednesday, August 10, 2011 @ 11:59:25 AM
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Rightly so for Mx vs. Atv, awful game, stripped of content, and loaded up with DLC.

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Comment #4 by ViNyLek
Wednesday, August 10, 2011 @ 12:01:23 PM
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And why the hell not, mqarket is overflowing with mediocre games right now. And there is more than enought AAA titles as well. Who has time to play it all. Better get more ppl to work on sequels and some truly original new IP's rather the carbon copies of other games like everyone does nowadays...

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Comment #5 by STONE DEVIL
Wednesday, August 10, 2011 @ 12:03:14 PM
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who cares?

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Comment #6 by Epic Gamer Will
Wednesday, August 10, 2011 @ 12:11:35 PM
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@5 You clicked on the article dip shit.

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Comment #7 by BenIsJammin138
Wednesday, August 10, 2011 @ 12:12:23 PM
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The man/woman who just lost their job cares.

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Comment #8 by 123yhman
Wednesday, August 10, 2011 @ 12:14:11 PM
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Unlucky to those who lost there jobs :

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Comment #9 by EpicPandemic
Wednesday, August 10, 2011 @ 12:16:23 PM
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@2 Its because its going to all the big franchises like CoD, Halo etc... which is a shame to be honest. Id rather see innovative new IPs than yearly remakes.

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Comment #10 by KAPiNG
Wednesday, August 10, 2011 @ 12:21:17 PM
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GOOD..Its about time..if they would make mx vs atv like offroad fury with real liscence bike like yamaha banshees and real mods changing the sounds whyen you add pipes ect it would be a way more bigger FANBASE..

I bought all mx vs atv games with expectations of real stuff and sounds ect but never hapend.. Anyone remember atv off road fury? honda 400ex..yamaha banshee/blaster kawasaki mojave ect..

Now we dont have this and sounds are stupid..They screw themselfs..Anyways im not sad nor happy they closed

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Comment #11 by master_shake_350
Wednesday, August 10, 2011 @ 12:26:46 PM
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MX vs ATV back on the PS2 was awesome, then Untamed was not bad but then Reflex took it to a crappy level. Same to see the series go, it was quite enjoyable.

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Comment #12 by Grifter Reborn
Wednesday, August 10, 2011 @ 12:27:28 PM
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It is always bad news when this happens. What bothers me more is the fact that many of the people who lose their jobs are not the ones responsible for lousy sales. I wish some people who post on these stories would realize that before posting that someone deserved to lose their job.

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Comment #13 by IVIR BLOBBY
Wednesday, August 10, 2011 @ 12:33:17 PM
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Damn, now whos gunna charge me for online play

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Comment #14 by WMDalpha
Wednesday, August 10, 2011 @ 12:56:37 PM
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Comment #15 by Swegabe
Wednesday, August 10, 2011 @ 01:20:11 PM
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The thing with gaming companies is that as soon one is closed, the same staff open up a new company...its the circle of life.

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Comment #16 by ThrustfulSteve
Wednesday, August 10, 2011 @ 02:27:42 PM
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Sucky times to be getting made of luck to them

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Comment #17 by DNAngel
Wednesday, August 10, 2011 @ 02:37:25 PM
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Sucks when a company shuts down, hopefully they can make a come back.

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Comment #18 by Akatsuki Sw1tch
Wednesday, August 10, 2011 @ 04:13:44 PM
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Another day another closure :(

Not that I cared for the MX vs ATV series but still sad none the less.

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Comment #19 by CrownlessKing
Wednesday, August 10, 2011 @ 04:32:44 PM
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Also losing the 'de Blob' games. First one was good, although I never had the chance to play the second one.

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Comment #20 by Frozenghost001
Wednesday, August 10, 2011 @ 04:48:06 PM
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@3 i agree. although i liked the old MX vs ATV games for the original Xbox, they really messed up on all the Xbox 360 ones by getting rid of all the planes and helicopters and just all the fun games you used to be able to play on the older ones :(

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Comment #21 by ImAKing1987
Wednesday, August 10, 2011 @ 04:58:43 PM
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@13 ummm EA? :/

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Comment #22 by aosiding
Wednesday, August 10, 2011 @ 10:04:22 PM
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M$ should offer these people jobs, they have the goddamn money to do it

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Comment #23 by DDDLOTS
Thursday, August 11, 2011 @ 12:35:55 AM
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I personally really enjoyed Red Faction: Armageddon and give props to Volition for trying something new instead of the same thing over and over.
I also think their marketing strategy for MX vs ATV was a GREAT idea, but it wasn't the right game to test it.

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Comment #24 by Spartan375x
Thursday, August 11, 2011 @ 01:05:01 AM
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WHAT!?!?! NO!!! The MX/ATV series was beast to me! Even though the ratings and sales weren't amazing, I was hoping for another one later on.

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Comment #25 by cheevo360
Thursday, August 11, 2011 @ 05:36:23 AM
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Oh damn THQ!! Again you done again, again!!! Red Faction then MX vs. ATV series.

Right I speak with you THQ, you should bring new developer to making First-Person Shooter returns in Red Faction series because most fans of Red Faction loved FPS from first and 2nd series. MX vs ATV series should improvements cos recent MX vs ATV series letdowns which is why put fans off.

THQ I am diappointed with you because you decide both games to be R.I.P. :(:(

Please EA, Ubisoft, 2K Games or other publishers to buy both franchises and bring them returns anytime future. Please!! I love both franchises.

FPS for Red Faction series and MX vs. ATV series with better improvements and get most of smiliar things from first series. Hopeful publishers will buy them.

THQ now is bad asses!!!

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Comment #26 by BADFELLA
Thursday, August 11, 2011 @ 07:27:59 AM
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wwe next plz

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Comment #27 by COMMANDO626
Friday, August 12, 2011 @ 11:10:38 PM
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@5 Is bashing COD articles not enough for you?

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Comment #28 by MostWanted47
Sunday, August 14, 2011 @ 06:36:27 PM
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Awesome. Screw THQ. They are a garbage company that ignores it's consumers. I hope that whole company goes under.

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