Amazon Games has announced the opening of its new Canadian studio, based in Montreal.
The study will focus on a new online multiplayer IP under the direction of a team of gaming industry veterans, all hailing from Ubisoft Montreal, where they shaped Rainbow Six Siege.
Former Technology Group Development Director Luc Bouchard joins Amazon as Production Lead, Creative Director Xavier Marquis joins as Creative Director, Brand and E-Sports Director Alexandre Remy as Product Lead, and Creative Director Romain. Rimokh joins as Chief Content Officer.
Marquis commented: “Drawing on 8 years of experience with Siege, we are excited to start with a blank page and creative freedom to create a completely unique experience in the multiplayer space. From our first discussion, we felt a true connection with the people in Amazon Games, their approach to video games, and the wealth of knowledge, experience and technology available there. It’s humbling and we couldn’t be more excited to start a study with them. “
Amazon Games Montreal will be the company’s fourth game development studio, and its first outside the US, after Seattle, Orange County and San Diego.
The retail giant’s foray into gaming has been difficult in recent years. His first major project, Breakaway, was suspended indefinitely in late 2017, before being canceled in April 2018.
Dozens of employees were laid off in June 2019, and the Lumberyard game engine was apparently the cause of the problems at the company.
Amazon released the free shooter hero Crucible in May of last year, but it was pulled to a closed beta a month after launch. The title was definitively closed in October.
The company is also working on MMORPG New World, which was delayed until spring 2021 last year. Amazon delayed it again earlier this year, and now it will launch on August 31.
In an email to Amazon staff made public in February, future CEO Andy Jassy said he believed the company can succeed in games “if we hold on.”