Arkham Origins Dev Expands with Canadian Grants

Arkham Origins Dev Expands with Canadian Grants

Batman Arkham Origins

Warner Brothers Games Montreal adds 100 new jobs, thanks to an economic development grant from Quebec.

Warner Brothers made a big move when it shifted the upcoming Batman: Arkham Origins to its Montreal studio. Previously a developer of casual games, it was expanding to deal with larger fare. To help the transformation, the government of Quebec is investing $1.5 million into Warner Brothers Games Montreal to expand its operations.

This grant is just the tip of a five-year, $63 million project to buy new equipment and add around 100 jobs. CTV News claims that each of those jobs should pay about $70,000 annually. "This Warner Brothers studio here in Montreal only opened three years ago but it is growing rapidly," said Warner Brothers Montreal Studio Chief Martin Carrier. "In five years' time the executives here expect that this studio will be on a par with every other Warner Brothers studio."

WB apparently has big plans for the studio. "By the end of five years, it'll be 2018, there should be 500 people here and I think we'll be one of the best-known studios in the world," said Martin Tremblay, the President of Warner Brothers Interactive.

Meanwhile, Warner Brothers isn't alone, as Ubisoft recently expanded its Canadian operations using public funds as well. Those of you looking at getting into the industry might want to start considering a move to the frozen north.

Source: CTV Montreal

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Any American company that can move to Canada should. Between corporate tax rates and compliance costs it's night and day.

Hopefully this works out for Canada much better than it did the first time. I'm sure plenty of people are worried about giving another game company money after Silicone Knights screwed them over.

Then again, this studio has more to its name than a re-release and a luck-of-the-draw title that managed to hit cult classic on the GameCube.

So what the hell happened with Rocksteady anyway? They come out of nowhere and make two amazing Batman games, then they get sidelined and swapped out for the team whose only work prior was the WiiU port of Arkham City? It's a humongous WTF move.

Mcoffey:
So what the hell happened with Rocksteady anyway? They come out of nowhere and make two amazing Batman games, then they get sidelined and swapped out for the team whose only work prior was the WiiU port of Arkham City? It's a humongous WTF move.

Rocksteady is working on a next-gen sequel to Arkham City.

Adam Jensen:

Mcoffey:
So what the hell happened with Rocksteady anyway? They come out of nowhere and make two amazing Batman games, then they get sidelined and swapped out for the team whose only work prior was the WiiU port of Arkham City? It's a humongous WTF move.

Rocksteady is working on a next-gen sequel to Arkham City.

Has that been confirmed? I cant find a news story or anything on it anywhere. The closest I could find were those rumors of their Silver Age prequel, which I guess turned out to be Origins.

Mcoffey:

Adam Jensen:

Mcoffey:
So what the hell happened with Rocksteady anyway? They come out of nowhere and make two amazing Batman games, then they get sidelined and swapped out for the team whose only work prior was the WiiU port of Arkham City? It's a humongous WTF move.

Rocksteady is working on a next-gen sequel to Arkham City.

Has that been confirmed? I cant find a news story or anything on it anywhere. The closest I could find were those rumors of their Silver Age prequel, which I guess turned out to be Origins.

Kevin Conroy confirmed it in a tweet.
http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2013-05-21-kevin-conroy-batman-confusion-continues-with-deleted-new-arkham-game-tweet

IanDavis:

Meanwhile, Warner Brothers isn't alone, as Ubisoft recently expanded its Canadian operations using public funds as well. Those of you looking at getting into the industry might want to start considering a move to the frozen north.

Source: CTV Montreal

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And learn french, and be prepared to pay about 50% of your income in various taxes...

 

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