THQ opening Montreal studio

Publisher breaking ground on what will be largest development house in its stable next year, hiring 400; first core-focused titles due in 2013.

Montreal's generous tax incentives have lured yet one more gaming company to the Great White North. THQ announced today that it would establish a new game development studio in the Quebec's largest city, joining other publishers and developers, such as Ubisoft, Electronic Arts, Eidos, and most recently, Funcom. THQ expects the new studio will open its doors in mid-2010 and plans to staff up with 400 people over the next five years.

THQ's new Montreal studio will house 400.

According to the publisher, THQ Montreal will be the largest in its stable of development outfits. The studio will be headed up by Dave Gatchel, who previously served as general manager at THQ's Paradigm Entertainment. Notably, Paradigm Entertainment was one of five studios shut down by THQ in November 2008. The move came as part of THQ's efforts to cut costs by $220 million and trim companywide headcount by 24 percent.

THQ plans for its new Montreal studio to release its first titles in 2013. No details on the project were revealed, though THQ did say that it was hiring in a variety of positions along the product pipeline, including design, engineering, art, content and technology development, quality assurance, and localization.

The studio will primarily undertake creating games for the core market, as well as aid development on other THQ titles. As part of its aforementioned restructuring efforts, THQ said in late 2008 that it would be halving its yearly core game slate, dropping the number of titles aimed at that segment of the market to one or two. The move came as part of the publisher's efforts to realign its product portfolio under the precept of quality over quantity.

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rikhan_z
rikhan_z

Great, they will be next door to Ubisoft and Rockstar Montreal and share a few ideas. Edit: And not forgetting Eidos if they made Deus Ex 3 or Thief 4 as good as they should be.

traitor_651
traitor_651

@ Supermanmega Montreal has some of the best video game developers. If you have seen games like Assassin's Creed, Prince of Persia, Splinter Cell and other games developed in Montreal you would understand why other companies are trying to get there. Oh Yeah and Halo 3 is like the most popular game here, most of the guys i know play it.

blakeney
blakeney

@ Souliest Take the bull by the horns!;) oppertunitys dont come to your front door like that often lol!

Souliest
Souliest

I'm currently studying CS in Montreal and was hoping to go in game development. For me, this is great, great news! And just a few weeks ago, I was bummed that so many studios were closing down, but where I live, they're actually opening up!

SunDestroyeur
SunDestroyeur

I live in Montreal, and i don't like THQ... but it's funny to see that the relived Prince Of Persia in 3D was made in the city where i live

oneligas
oneligas

and if there was a draft reenactment in the USA i would doge right on up to Canada in a heart beat

oneligas
oneligas

just as long as no games are made in Quebec, i can not speak french

oneligas
oneligas

i wish i had a hockey team in town and a video game company opening up in my back yard, you Canadian basterds

Gutterbuster
Gutterbuster

maybe they all think we live in igloos...LOL

shoelaces-4-all
shoelaces-4-all

supermanmega do you know anything about canada? I live in canada, everybody i know plays MW2. Canada has some of the biggest development centers in the world and the first video game based college, Digipen was originally opened in Vancouver then one opened in Redmond Washington which is only a few hours past the border then the vancouver one relocated down to redmond as well. there is a ridiculous amount of video game development based schools and training in vancouver toronto and montreal. lay off the drugs man. i hpe your kidding man... for your sake. and isnt everybody in North America in the same lobby? Whenever I play games im playing with canadians, americans, brits and many more. you must be kidding, theres no way you could actually think that.

shoelaces-4-all
shoelaces-4-all

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shoelaces-4-all

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Gutterbuster
Gutterbuster

Montreal is the best city in N.America that is =P

supermanmega
supermanmega

why does Montreal have to many game companys there? i mean hardly anybody in canada plays cod or halo lol on the map in the halo lobby canadas like totally dark

pungaboy
pungaboy

Montreal has some of the best tax incentives and government grants in the Western world. Canada in general is really highly invested in high-tech industry. Don't know if this helps their economy or drains it, but it sure makes Canada an attractive place to develop games.

sanim02
sanim02

Make me proud cuz I actually live in mtl-_-

mariostar0001
mariostar0001

I meant I can't see how them moving affects me, they still make games and I still might buy them. It wasn't meant to offend anyone.

evezina007
evezina007

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GeneralArrow
GeneralArrow

THQ, has been around for a while, they've done all those wrestling games, who doesn't love the 90's lol. Glad to see them picking up some steam.

firehawk998
firehawk998

Cool great games comes out of Montreal. Hope they create a good game.

Vari3ty
Vari3ty

Hmm sounds like Montreal is the place to be for a video game designer...

PatchMaster
PatchMaster

Seems like THQ will be a major dev/pub pretty soon. Hopefully consoles will see some of the quality work they contribute to PC games.

NuKkU
NuKkU

thats great just shows the recession is hurting every company :D

zaveline
zaveline

AND NO THE WORLD WONT END PEOPLE JEEZ!

zaveline
zaveline

TIME TO GET A JOB FOR ME!

Jhoalot
Jhoalot

that are good news for future programers/designer