Square Enix planning new Canadian studio for 2012

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  1. Ron
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    Apparently, Square Enix is planning to open a Canadian studio in 2012. That's the gist of it, but here's the full article from Joystiq.

    Square Enix is reportedly negotiating with several Canadian provincial governments to open a second studio in the country. Squeenix already has Eidos Montreal (Deus Ex: Human Revolution), which it acquired in the buyout of the publisher in 2009. According to La Presse, the new studio would employ "at least" 100 people, with Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal up for potential locations.

    Square is expected to determine the location of the second studio by the end of May, with offices opening in 2012 to develop games for "the new consoles from Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo," which will require more attention and staff, according to Eidos Montreal Director St├ęphane D'Astous.

    And the "Canadian shift" marches ever onward.[/p]

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    Well.. If it opens in Toronto.. Looking Forward to some Square Enix events here.
     
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    If it opens in Vancouver... I can hope to get a job there! [​IMG]

    On a side-note: any Vancouvrites here know of any studios around the Lower Mainland besides EA?
     
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    Isn't that studio who made Dead Rising 2 in Burnaby? Blue Castle or something. I think Backbone Entertainment is in B.C too.


    Anyways, it'd be amazing if this happened in Vancouver. I'd be excited.
     
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    Typical of my good fortunes, yet another studio that's not opening here in Coventry.

    To be fair though this city is a shit hole.
     
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    Just did a quick search. Yeah, Blue Castle is a game developer recently acquired by CAPCOM.
     
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    yay Canada !
    i wonder what events they have planned . . .?
     
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    Vancouver and Montreal already have game studios.

    TORONTO!
     
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    Please be in vancouver!
     
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    Toronto has Ubisoft already >_>

    yay 1000th after years of lurking
     
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    Ubisoft doesn't churn out any good games...

    Still
    TORONTO!
     
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    Depends on what your definition of Good is, I mean, Assassin's Creed, Prince of Persia, Splinter Cell, Raving Rab... oh that's the Montreal studio? Okay then, ignore what I said.
     
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    Interesting- some of the SE studios outside Japan have done a lot of interesting things these last couple of years.

    As for placement- traditionally industry goes where other industry is (feeder industries- mo cap and stuff like that being down the road is quite nice, easier to poach people from other companies and probably some existing tax breaks, investment opportunities and other incentives). People do try to buck the trend but it usually does not go so well (see the so called brain drain in southern US aside from California and Nevada despite best efforts at very high levels).
     
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    This. And speaking of brain drain, the only thing NFLD has for video games is Other Ocean, which has really only done ports and some unrecognizably small download games. *sigh*
     
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    Ubisoft main office is in montreal.

    Also, since Eidos is in Montreal, Square-Enix will probably choose montreal. Would make it easy for their two offices to collaborate if they're right next to each others.
     
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    damn i had my hopes up too .
    now i won't be surprised if it is there, since with that being said , there's a 99.9% chance of it being there . . .
     

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