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Warhammer 40K: Kill Team dev closed

by Xav de Matos, Jul 13, 2011 3:45pm PDT

THQ developer Digital Warrington has officially been closed, the publisher announced today. Last month, THQ revealed the team behind the downloadable title Red Faction: Battlegrounds and Homefront developer Kaos Studios would be shuttered as part of a "strategic realignment."

While Kaos has long since been disbanded, Digital Warrington was only dissolved today due to a UK law which requires a 30 day warning period for company closures. Not only is today exactly thirty days later, today also marks the release of Digital Warrington's final title, Warhammer 40,000: Kill Team.

Develop reports that "close to" 36 employees at the UK studio have been made redundant "effective immediately." The remaining ten employees will be shifted to complete the PSN version of Kill Team, which is expected to launch later this summer.

Out of the ashes of the redundancies, two development start-ups have emerged: D3T and a second, unnamed team. A third "concept" team, dubbed Alien Apple Studios, has also been formed.

Studio founder Colin Bell, meanwhile, has decided to step away from the games industry for the time being. "THQ have done all they can through the consultancy period and have treated staff with respect," he told Develop. Bell then went on to reminisce that the Juiced franchise "has sold over 5 [million]" units, adding that Kill Team is "a great parting product for the studio."





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