On Tuesday, Amazon Games, the video game division of the tech giant, announced that they opened a new studio in Montreal to make brand new, triple AAA games. Their first project will be a new online multiplayer game.
The unnamed studio hired several former Ubisoft developers to lead it. Of those developers, they brought on Luc Bouchard, Xavier Marquis, Alexandre Remy, and Romain Rimokh.
All of these developers had worked on Rainbow Six: Siege previously, in various roles. That can give an idea as to what kind of multiplayer game this new studio will create.
In the announcement, Marquis, who is the new studio’s creative director, says how happy he is to be working with Amazon to make the multiplayer game.
Building upon 8 years of 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. From our first discussion, we felt a true connection with the people at Amazon Games, their approach to gaming and the sheer amount of knowledge, expertise and technology available there. It is quite humbling and we couldn’t be more excited to start a studio with them.Xavier Marquis, Creative Director
The announcement also teases several unannounced projects, however, Amazon is keeping that secret for now.
Amazon has had a rocky start in the gaming space, so far. Their first game, the free-to-play multiplayer shooter Crucible, was shut down after just a few months. Aside from the secret projects though, their MMO, New World, is set to come out in August.
It is very clear through who the studio hired that Amazon wants a game to rival or at least come close to what Rainbow Six: does. Only time will tell if Amazon Games’ new studio will get close to that vision.