Published on November 21st, 2011 | by Cameron Woolsey
Square Enix Continues Expansion into Montréal
Apparently Square Enix likes what Deus Ex: Human Revolution did so much the company decided to put more stock into Montreal, a city already with a quality supply of game developers such as Ubisoft, Warner Bros. Interactive, and, of course, Eidos. The cleverly-titled Square Enix Montréal will open in 2012 and create 150 jobs. and be helmed by 20-year veteran Lee Singleton, the former general manager at Square Enix London.
“I’ve worked in games all of my life, it’s what I know and what I love and to be able to bring that passion and experience to Square Enix Montréal is very exciting,” Lee Singleton, general manager of Square Enix Montréal, said. “I want to create a studio that attracts passionate people, encourages innovation and gets the best out of the studio talent by empowering teams to make a difference.”
The new studio is in charge of developing a new game in the Hitman franchise, and is set to continue expanding the vision of the franchise along with Hitman: Absolution developer, IO Interactive.
“Montréal is a vibrant centre of game creators with industry-leading talent, and one of the most important bases of our global network of game development within the Square Enix Group,” said Yoichi Wada, president and chief executive officer, SQUARE ENIX HOLDINGS CO., LTD.
“We believe in creating studios where passion for our games and gaming runs throughout and Eidos-Montréal is testament to this vision. 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,” said Phil Rogers, president and chief executive officer of Square Enix Europe. “All of this has been made possible by our fantastic partners in Invest Quebec and Montréal International and we look forward to continuing our excellent working relationship with them.”