Amazon Games has announced a new development studio in Montreal, Canada, founded by the team responsible for Rainbow Six Siege. Amazon’s fourth gaming studio is hiring now to get to work creating new AAA titles. The studio joins other Amazon Games locations in Seattle, Orange County, and San Diego.
According to the press release, the studio has brought on Ubisoft Montreal employees Luc Bouchard, Xavier Marquis, Romain Rimokh, and Alexandre Remy, all who worked on Ubisoft’s tactical shooter Rainbow Six Siege for eight years. Marquis, Amazon Games Montreal’s Creative Director, said that the team will draw from their experience with Siege. “We are excited to start with a blank page and the creative freedom to create a completely unique experience in the multiplayer space,” he said.
Vice President of Amazon Games Christoph Hartmann said Amazon chose the location for “Montreal’s rich vein of creative talent.” The team focuses on “best-in-class online games” and “community-focused multiplayer experiences.”
The studio’s first creation will be an online multiplayer title. Beyond that, Amazon Games teased that it’s working on “several unannounced projects,” as well as the upcoming MMO New World.
Amazon Games is creating a New World
While fans wait to see Amazon Games Montreal’s project, they can look forward to New World. The MMORPG launches on August 31 on PC. The game sends players back to the 1600’s, where they’re tasked with colonizing land in the Atlantic Ocean. New World allows players to join groups in factions or play solo as they explore and collect resources. Along the way, there are monsters and other colonizers threatening the land.
Amazon Games planned to release the game last year, but a series of delays pushed it to summer 2021. The studio scheduled a closed beta for July 20, so fans can only hope that these dates will stick this time.