Amazon Video games opens Montreal studio

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Amazon Video games has introduced the opening of its new Canadian studio, primarily based in Montreal.

The studio shall be specializing in a brand new on-line multiplayer IP underneath the route of a staff of video games trade veterans, all coming from Ubisoft Montreal the place they formed Rainbow Six Siege.

Former growth director for know-how group Luc Bouchard joins Amazon as head of manufacturing, artistic director Xavier Marquis joins as artistic director, model and esports director Alexandre Remy shall be head of product, and artistic director Romain Rimokh joins as content material director.

Marquis commented: “Constructing upon eight years of expertise with Siege, we’re excited to start out with a clean web page and the artistic freedom to create a unique expertise within the multiplayer area. From our first dialogue, we felt a real reference to the folks at Amazon Video games, their method to gaming and the sheer quantity of data, experience and know-how out there there. It’s fairly humbling and we could not be extra excited to start out a studio with them.”

Amazon Video games Montreal would be the firm’s fourth video games growth studio — and the primary one outdoors the US — after Seattle, Orange County and San Diego.

The retail big’s foray into video games has been rocky lately. Its first main undertaking, Breakaway, was placed on an indefinite hiatus on the finish of 2017, earlier than being cancelled in April 2018.

Dozens of staff have been made redundant in June 2019, with recreation engine Lumberyard seemingly the reason for the problems on the firm.

Amazon launched free-to-play hero shooter Crucible in Could final yr, but it surely retreated into closed beta a month after launch. The title was shut down for good in October.

The corporate can also be engaged on MMORPG New World, which was delayed to spring 2021 final yr. Amazon pushed it again once more earlier this yr, and it’s now attributable to launch on August 31.

In an electronic mail to Amazon employees made public in February, future CEO Andy Jassy mentioned he believed the agency can achieve video games “if we grasp in there.”

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