Studio Closure: THQ Montreal
Notable Releases: N/A
Location: Montreal, Canada
THQ Montreal was founded at a very unfortunate time. The first of THQ's North American studios that it grew from foundation up, it attracted incredible talent like Assassin's Creed creator, Patrice Désilets. However, the studio still hasn't had enough time to get over its growing pains and release their first title.
Unless they've got something supremely appealing to potential buyers, it's hard to say whether the studio will be able to prove their worth. It costs a lot of money to keep a studio like this running and considering that they have no track record at all with consumers.
As much as it pains me to hear of the jobs lost, the potential for a really exciting new IP getting killed before the public ever got to see it pains me even more. That however is the unfortunate reality of a potential publisher death.