Square Enix plans expansion in Montreal

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Development of Deus Ex: Human Revolution was handled by Eidos-Montreal. Following the success of that game, publisher Square Enix now plans on expanding its efforts in the city of Montreal.

According to a recent press release, Square Enix will be creating 100 new jobs at Eidos-Montreal as the studio begins work on a “third AAA project.” The company is currently developing Thief 4, its second planned AAA game.

Square Enix has also created a new studio in the city, appropriately titled Square Enix Montreal. It will open in 2012 and create an additional 150 jobs. The company’s first task will be assisting IO Interactive with the development of Hitman Absolution.

Phil Rogers, president and chief executive officer of Square Enix Europe, explained the decision to open a second studio in Montreal.

“We believe in creating studios where passion for our games and gaming runs throughout and Eidos-Montreal is testament to this vision,” he said. “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. All of this has been made possible by our fantastic partners in Invest Quebec and Montreal International and we look forward to continuing our excellent working relationship with them.”

If this move results in more quality games like Deus Ex: Human Revolution, then it’s certainly a wise decision on Square Enix’s part.


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