Homefront developer might move to Montreal

Head of New York-based Kaos Studios says goal was always to involve Quebec location with its future projects, but final decision on how hasn't been made yet.

Kaos Studio's upcoming first-person shooter Homefront is about an American resistance force fighting back a Korean invasion, but the next chapter in the developer's story may be about leaving the country rather than protecting it. According to a Develop report, employees of New York City-based Kaos are concerned that THQ could relocate the operation to its new Montreal, Quebec, facilities, forcing them to move along with the job or find new work.

Will the makers of Homefront have to leave the country?

Kaos general manager David Votypka told the site he was well aware of employees' concerns in that regard, saying THQ is considering a number of possible scenarios. However, he said he didn't expect a decision to be made "for some time yet."

"With the opening of the THQ Montreal studio the goal has always been to find a way to utilize that studio in future Kaos projects," Votypka told Develop, adding, "Seeing as New York is not the most inexpensive location to develop games, utilizing Montreal one way or another is understandable."

THQ first announced the Montreal studio in December of 2009, with plans to increase its size to 400 people by 2015. Government incentives and a deep pool of talent have made the town a popular development destination for publishers, as THQ's facility joined major operations from Ubisoft, Electronic Arts, Eidos, and Funcom in the city.

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30 comments
otanikun
otanikun

Really don't care, so long as the games are good they could move to Timbuktu for all I care

Gruug
Gruug

This couldn't have anything to do with the heavy tax rate in NYC and NY state could it?

oneligas
oneligas

Canada Rocks because of Royal Canadian Kilted Yaksmen

roams
roams

Damn... I wish Montreal would get a gaming convention... we need more of those in the North East.

zameen
zameen

@Plo_Koon_basic same bro im in Toronto plan to move to Montreal XD

ZombiePhoenix72
ZombiePhoenix72

I feel bad for the workers if they have to move. I hated moving from NY when I did it and they probably will too. No offence if you're from Montreal.

firehawk998
firehawk998

The reason that most game companies shift to canada is because the goverment over there supports the industries with financial incentives and whatnot . Oh well whatever they decide I hope its for the best and people dont forget to buy Homefront.

gamingfrendly
gamingfrendly

lololol they are thinking whats happning in the game is real and want to move already they bleved there story but its good to see a modern days game with somene else to shoot than russians or germans.

Shardz7
Shardz7

Why not just relocate to Romania? That's what I plan on doing sometime before the 2012 U.S. election. Just leave your Twinkies and Ding Dongs at home...you won't get any respect waving those around in Canada, either.

RadicalToenail
RadicalToenail

They oughta come here to Seattle. Plenty of cheap places to develop, easy to make some good connections and they wouldn't have to travel far for PAX!

GenosHazard
GenosHazard

every south korean i know is going to buy this game

Plo_Koon_basic
Plo_Koon_basic

maybe i should move to montreal. I'll need to find a french english Girl, to help me speak with they locals. :P then get a job at Ubisoft or THQ and maybe EA. That would be nice.

KaBo0m
KaBo0m

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MasterTheHero
MasterTheHero

Well so much for applying for a job there, since NYC is way closer than most game studios.

Omegka
Omegka

@k2theswiss so do you go on Wikipedia and look up where the game was bloody made?

oneligas
oneligas

USA to annex Canada in 2012 to gain millions of hockey pucks and trees

kennythomas26
kennythomas26

@shakensparco In the city of Montreal and in the entire province of Quebec you can drink at the age of 18, and their is a lot of great developer's and publisher's in Montreal and not just in that province but in Vancouver B.C. as well. But Montreal is a great divese city in Canada, just like Toronto is with it's diversity, that is the most likely explanation to your answer.

s4dn3s5
s4dn3s5

"Government incentives" This. You can't beat that, Canada actually give'em lots of money to bring more jobs in Québec.

k2theswiss
k2theswiss

sorry i only buy made in U.S.A games...

shakensparco
shakensparco

This could suck for all the families that have to move. But why is Montreal a good place to go to?

firedrakes
firedrakes

needs to move to china for dev and see what happens

ziproy
ziproy

Wouldn't the Chinese be the more logical choice. IDC this is still looking to be a pretty good game

Pete5506
Pete5506

The game is looking great, so many games to but this year

MERGATROYDER
MERGATROYDER

Game looks really good, just hoping I money to buy all these upcoming games.

holtrocks
holtrocks

Huh on a diff note i was debating on whether or not to get this in march or crysis 2 after playing the demo crysis 2 is looking more likely but if they can limit the killstreaks so its not like CoD then it will be a tough decision just hope they come out with a multiplayer demo.