EA managed to get its paws on licensing and development rights for the UFC games, leaving THQ’s San Diego offices empty handed. While E3 is cause for celebration, many employees at THQ’s San Diego office are mourning the loss of their jobs.
Few aren’t questioning why THQ quietly whispered this downtrodden news during the loud fireworks of E3. THQ claims coincidence, but others are far less likely to believe it was anything less than well-timed. Look at how Schilling’s 38 Studios was devoured by the media at the tragic closing just two weeks ago. Jason Rubin, President of THQ and co-founder of Naughty Dog, was praised by THQ CEO Brian Farrell when he was selected for his position earlier this year. Farrell boasted Rubin for having a “…proven track record in the industry (that) speaks for itself, and he is one of the brightest minds in the business.” Even if timing was unintentional, it was surely considered, if not simply in passing.
While THQ seems to have taken a series of hearty blows over the past few years, EA seems like it owns almost all the sports titles now. Wondering what the EA version of UFC is going to look like? Unconfirmed reports state the transfer of the UFC rights included the employ of some of the designers (if they so choose). It might mean a bit of THQ touch to the first EA installment of the UFC game franchise. The rest of the employees might be offered a transfer to one of the remaining THQ studios that hasn’t closed its doors.
THQ might be reeling this week, but the developing team is still far from closing every door. The Saint’s Row franchise is still running stronger than ever. Not to mention THQ is busy developing Metro: Last Light, the long awaited sequel (for those who’ve noticed) to the under-promoted sci-fi shooter Metro: 2033. Regardless, Hardcore Gamer sends our best wishes to those who lost their jobs this week at THQ.