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Amazon opens Montreal Game Studio, a new multiplayer title in the works

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Amazon has announced the opening of a new game studio in Montreal, Canada. The move comes after the company’s new CEO recently reaffirmed his commitment to game development. The new studio will focus on AAA game development and join Amazon’s existing studios in Seattle, San Diego and Orange County.

According to Amazon Press release, the Montreal studio is actively recruiting and is led by seasoned designers who once formed the core of the Rainbow Six Siege development team. With that kind of expertise in hand, Amazon says the Montreal team’s first project will be a new online multiplayer title.

“With 8 years of experience with Siege, we are delighted to start with a blank page and the creative freedom to create a unique experience in the multiplayer space,” said Xavier Marquis, Creative Director of the Montreal studio.

“Montreal’s rich vein of creative talent will be a valuable asset as we continue to build our development and publishing teams,” Christoph Hartmann, vice president of Amazon Games said in the press release. “The highly skilled and experienced team at our new Montreal studio shares our commitment to creating the best in-class online games and brings with them a wealth of knowledge and passion for creating deep, game-driven multiplayer experiences. community. I can’t wait to see them invent on behalf of clients as they grow their team and develop their first project. “

While it’s nice to see Amazon’s commitment to games in action, the company’s initial plans struggled to get off the ground. Their first game released, the free-to-play hero shooter Crucible, didn’t catch on, and Amazon pulled the plug on it only a few months after its launch. Meanwhile, its upcoming New World MMO looks promising but has suffered from a few delays and is currently scheduled for release in August. On the positive side, Amazon recently launched its Luna streaming service as a competitor of Google Stadia. While Luna seems positioned as a fundamentally better deal over Stadia’s model (in that it’s a Netflix-style subscription service compared to Stadia’s “buy games individually” approach ), it is too early to say if this can be considered a success at this time.

What do you think of Amazon’s current positioning in the gaming industry? Share your opinion in the comments!

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