Quantic Dream to open a new studio in Montreal

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If you’re looking to work in the video-game biz in Canada, it probably helps to be bilingual. Montreal is already a major industry centre, home to studios and offices of companies including Ubisoft, EA, Bethesda, Warner Bros. Games, and Square Enix. Today we learned that Quantic Dream is opening a new studio in Quebec’s largest city.

And the best part? The Paris-based developer and publisher of Heavy Rain, Beyond: Two Souls, and Detroit: Become Human is hiring.

(This is especially welcome news; it comes in the wake of Google’s announcement that it is shutting down the division of Stadia dedicated to developing exclusive games. This move will result in the closure of studios in L.A. and Montreal.)

Stéphane D’Astous, formerly head of Eidos Montreal and founder of Square Enix Montreal, has been appointed General Manager. Yohan Cazaux, previously Project Lead Game Designer on Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, will join him as Gameplay Director for new projects in development.

In their own words

Guillaume de Fondaumière, Co-CEO of Quantic Dream and Chairman of Quantic Dream Montreal:

The opening of Quantic Dream Montreal is an important step in our development. The implementation of several new projects leads us to engage a major recruitment program for 2021 in all disciplines. Quantic Dream is opening a new office in Montreal to quickly build a “human-sized” team, made up of experts from the region. We plan to recruit most of the team this year with the creation of approximately 50 positions by the end of 2021.

Stéphane D’Astous, General Manager of Quantic Dream Montreal:

Quantic Dream’s productions stand out in many ways and in particular for their high level of quality. Our goal is to attract experienced talent at Quantic Dream Montreal, from Canada and the United States, and in particular designers, programmers and animators, who will work closely with our teams in Paris to develop AAA titles on PC and next-generation consoles.

David Cage, CEO and Creative Director:

Quantic Dream has been relying on the talent of its teams for 24 years, women and men from all walks of life, passionate about their work and creating innovative interactive experiences. By establishing a presence in Montreal, we want to continue to advance our studio by accessing the exceptional talents that are here, and by proposing different and ambitious projects.

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