Amazon Video games is opening a brand new sport improvement studio primarily based on Montreal, Canada, to concentrate on new AAA video games. Its first venture will likely be an unique IP on-line multiplayer sport. To that finish, the studio is being headed up by trade veterans from the core group that created Rainbow Six Siege.
The studio leads are Luc Bouchard (head of manufacturing), Xavier Marquis (inventive director), Alexandre Remy (head of product), and Romain Rimokh (content material director). The Montreal studio joins the opposite Amazon Video games studios in Seattle, Orange County, and San Diego. It is currently hiring for a number of sport developer roles together with software program builders and artists.
“Constructing upon eight years of expertise with Siege, we’re excited to start out with a clean web page and the inventive freedom to create a unique expertise within the multiplayer house,” Marquis mentioned within the announcement. “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 expertise obtainable there. It’s fairly humbling and we couldn’t be extra excited to start out a studio with them.”
Amazon Video games is a part of the corporate’s push into the profitable online game market. Its flagship sport, Crucible, shut down after only a few months. Its studios are nonetheless at work on the MMO New World coming in August, and a Lord of the Rings MMO. The studio announcement additionally mentions a number of unannounced tasks in improvement.
The corporate has additionally embraced its personal sport streaming service, Amazon Luna, although the top of the venture recently left to hitch Unity. Luna goes face to face in opposition to competing ones like Google Stadia and Microsoft’s xCloud, which is obtainable as a part of a Sport Go subscription. Whereas Google is a la carte and xCloud is a single subscription lineup, Luna presents varied channels with completely different gaming packages. Stadia lately shut down its internal development studios.