Just four months after THQ announced 600 layoffs (24% of its workforce), the publisher has opened up a 33,000-square foot office in Austin, TX, and is said to be moving into the new quarters this fall.
Kotaku’s reports say that it is unclear if the new studio will be for Vigil Games or another THQ studio based in Austin.
Update: Gamasutra contacted THQ, and it turns out that the studio is for Vigil games. Link: Gamasutra.com
Story here: Kotaku
I may download this later, 1up.com was talking about it on their recent ListenUp podcast and it sounded pretty rockin’.
AGOURA HILLS, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–May. 21, 2009– THQ Inc. (NASDAQ: THQI) and Volition, Inc. today announced the multiplayer demo for Red Faction®: Guerrilla™ is now available for free download on Xbox LIVE® Marketplace for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft and PlayStation®Network for the PLAYSTATION®3 computer entertainment system. Developed by THQ internal studio Volition, Inc., Red Faction: Guerrilla is a 3rd person, open-world shooter featuring real physics-based destruction, a story-driven single-player campaign and robust multiplayer options. The multiplayer demo features ten-player Damage Control, an explosive new mode that utilizes Volition’s advanced GeoMod™ 2.0 Destruction Engine, to add a new twist to traditional capture-and-hold, point-based gameplay. The demo comes less than two weeks before the anticipated June 2nd launch of Red Faction: Guerrilla on Xbox 360 and PLAYSTATION 3.
“The multiplayer demo is just a sneak peak at how Volition is bringing real innovation to multiplayer gameplay with its GeoMod 2.0 destruction engine,” said Kevin Kraff, vice president of worldwide marketing, THQ. “The Red Faction: Guerrilla single-player demo received over one million downloads on Xbox LIVE and PlayStation Network1, continuing the tremendous hype for the June 2nd retail launch.”
Press from around the world recently experienced Red Faction: Guerrilla’s multiplayer and had this to say:
“RFG multiplayer is popcorn action with an explosive crunch”
“This summer’s multiplayer fling”
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“Wrecking Crew looks like it could be perfect local multiplayer fodder”