Crucible may not have earned the acclaim Amazon Games was hoping for, but its short lifespan hasn’t deterred the company from sticking it out in the games industry. In fact, Amazon Games just announced it will be opening a new studio in Montreal, Canada – helmed by former members of the Rainbow Six Siege team.
Amazon Games’ Montreal studio will focus on crafting a new online multiplayer game, although details are still under wraps.
“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,” said Xavier Marquis, creative director at Amazon Games. “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.”
Marquis previously spent years working as creative director on Rainbow Six Siege and will be joined by Luc Bouchard as head of production, Alexandre Remy as head of product, and Romain Rimokh as content director.
Crucible was Amazon’s first big dive into the world of gaming, which saw its servers shut down just months after launch. Its rocky start forced the game to backtrack into a second beta to work out the kinks – but it was too little too late, with the game officially shutting down last October.
Amazon is also working on two MMORPGs – New World and The Lord of the Rings MMO – although New World has been delayed multiple times and information is scarce for Lord of the Rings. It’s safe to say the online retail giant has had a difficult time breaking into the world of games, although its new Montreal studio has plenty of talent behind it to be successful.
Amazon Games Montreal has not announced a name for its upcoming title, but expect to hear more about its development in the coming months.
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Jon Bitner is an Associate Editor for TheGamer. His passion for gaming started with his first console (Sega Genesis) and he hasn’t stopped playing since. His favorite titles include The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, Team Fortress 2, Rainbow Six Siege, Pokémon Sword & Shield, Old School Runescape, Skyrim, and Breath of the Wild. He can usually be found playing the latest RPG, FPS, or some obscure mobile game. Before working as Associate News Editor, Jon earned a Biology degree and worked in the Biotechnology sector — experiences that taught him how to put words together and make sentences. When not playing or writing about the gaming industry, he enjoys sleeping, eating, and staring at birds.
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