Amazon Games is preparing to open a new gaming studio in Montreal, Canada. The company’s new studio will be run by developers of popular games Tom Clacy’s Rainbow Six Siege.
Amazon Games doesn’t want to fail in multiplayer project
Amazon, which has been struggling to make popular games in recent years, is demonstrating its commitment to game development with a new studio. In a recent statement, the company announced that it would open a Montreal-based studio to focus on a new online multiplayer project and create AAA games. The new studio will be led by an experienced team working on Ubisoft’s Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege.
The studio, which Amazin Games has opened in Montreal, is the company’s fourth studio with studios in Seeatle, San Diego and Orange County. “We have 8 years of experience with Siege,” Xavier Marquis, one of the people transferred from Ubisoft and appointed creative director of the new studio, said in a statement. Now we are excited to open a blank page and work with the freedom to create a completely unique experience in the multiplayer space.”
Although Amazon invested in original games and in-house studios and struggled to make a name for itself in game development, it did not achieve the success it wanted. Last year, the company withdrew the FPS game Crucible, which was free to play, and then cancelled it. Other challenges Amazon faces include the withdrawal of The Grand Tour’s video game adaptation after it received poor review scores, and the postponement of another major original game project, New World, later this year.
But all these failures and debacles don’t seem to have deterred Amazon CEO Andy Jassy from his cause. Jassy said in an email to employees last month that he believed the game development department would be a success even if they remained in the middle.
Founded in August 2012, Amazon Games Studios is the result of online retail company Amazon’s focus on the development of video games. Initially producing games for Facebook, the studio recruited employees from many different studios over time and turned to AAA games.