As Amazon looks to bolster its game development and expand Luna’s reach in the future, the company announced a new, first-party studio opening this morning.
Amazon formally announced the studio via this blog post in which they provide some detail as to its future.
“Montreal’s rich vein of creative talent will be a valuable asset as we continue building our development and publishing teams,” said Christoph Hartmann, VP, Amazon Games. “The highly skilled and experienced team at our new Montreal studio shares our commitment to creating best-in-class online games, and brings with them a wealth of knowledge and passion for building deep, community-focused multiplayer experiences. I look forward to watching them invent on behalf of customers as they grow their team and develop their first project.”
The studio’s founding members include industry veterans Luc Bouchard (head of production), Xavier Marquis (creative director), Alexandre Remy (head of product), and Romain Rimokh (content director), who most recently worked as the core team behind the tactical shooter Rainbow Six Siege. The studio’s first title will be a new IP and built around online multiplayer. Creative Director Xavier Marquis, offered the following statement:
“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.”
While Amazon’s foray into gaming has been rather unproductive to date, their commitment shouldn’t be ignored as they have the funding and infrastructure to become a major player. Expanding their development talent with quality veterans is definitely a step in that direction.