This morning, publisher THQ confirmed that most of the staff at THQ's Volition studio's Quality Assurance department have been laid off. THQ is centralizing its QA operations, so a bunch of Volition employees and temps are getting the boot.
According to THQ's Julie MacMedan, this centralization will not result in any layoffs within the core development teams at Volition. Volition will continue to employ 236 people.
"The layoffs include 47 temporary employees who will not be having their service extended. Unfortunately, fluctuating head count among the temporary staff is common based on when our games ship. In addition, 39 full-time staff will be laid off," MacMedan said in an email.
Recently, Michael Hickey. an analysts at Janco Partners, said THQ has a 50/50 chance of declaring bankruptcy.
"You have mediocre product and you’re running out of cash," Hickey told the Los Angeles Business Journal. "Not the situation they want to be in right now."
Bad times all around.