Square Enix has today announced plans for further expansion in Montréal with a second studio due to open in 2012.
The second studio for the Square Enix Group will open in 2012 and create 150 jobs, with the first project being to work on yet another new Hitman title, while series developers IO Interactive, which is based in Copenhagen, continue with their work on Hitman Absolution. In the future, both studios will work on the Hitman franchise.
“Montréal is a vibrant centre of game creators with industry-leading talent, and one of the most important bases of our global network of game development within the Square Enix Group,” said Yoichi Wada, president and chief executive officer, Square Enix.
“We believe in creating studios where passion for our games and gaming runs throughout and Eidos-Montréal is testament to this vision. The start up of a second studio brings a huge advantage to our business; we will nurture two separate studios with their own strengths, culture and appeal,” said Phil Rogers, president and chief executive officer of Square Enix Europe. “All of this has been made possible by our fantastic partners in Invest Quebec and Montréal International and we look forward to continuing our excellent working relationship with them.”
“In just four years Eidos-Montréal has achieved great success in delivering a top-selling and highly acclaimed first game, a feat only few other development studios share,” said Stephane D’Astous, general manager, Eidos-Montreal. “We look to continue this high level of quality with future studio titles by providing our employees with a dynamic working environment, compelling projects and cutting edge resources and facilities, with the support of strong governmental partners.”
“I’ve worked in games all of my life, it’s what I know and what I love and to be able to bring that passion and experience to Square Enix Montréal is very exciting,” added Lee Singleton, general manager of Square Enix Montréal. “I want to create a studio that attracts passionate people, encourages innovation and gets the best out of the studio talent by empowering teams to make a difference.”