THQ just signed a deal to open a 33,000-square foot office in Austin, Texas.

The publisher for Red Faction, Darksiders and others, will move their Vigil Studio into the new office building this fall, according to the leasing firm.

The news comes about four months after THQ announced plans to layoff about 600 employees, or 24 percent of its total workforce.

"THQ has signed a lease for 33,000 square feet in the Four Points Centre to house its Vigil Games development studio. Currently, Vigil Games is working on two projects for THQ. The first, Darksiders™, is an action game designed for the Xbox 360 and Sony PLAYSTATION3, and is scheduled for release in January 2010. Vigil Games is also developing a Massively Multiplayer Online game based on the Warhammer® 40,000™ universe, that is expected to be released in a few years. We have not yet unveiled the details around the MMO."

"We are very excited about the strong development talent at Vigil Games and we view Austin as a great location to attract employees engaged in video game development."