Square Enix are opening a new studio in Montreal, called Square Enix Montreal, and the first game produced by the studio will be a Hitman game. Lee Singleton, of Square Enix London’s studio, will be the head for the new studio.
The studio is also set to create 150 jobs.
The new Hitman project has been described as “a new premium quality game.” No other details were given. Yoichi Wada, Square Enix Holdings Co. CEO said regarding the new studio:
“Montreal is a vibrant centre of game creators with industry-leading talent, and one of the most important bases of our global network of game development within the Square Enix Group.
Phil Rogers, CEO of Square Enix Europe also released a statement saying:
“We believe in creating studios where passion for our games and gaming runs throughout and Eidos-Montreal is testament to this vision. The start up of a second studio brings a huge advantage to our business; we will nurture two separate studios with their own strengths, culture and appeal.”
Hitman Absolution, which was announced earlier this year and being developed by IO Interactive, is coming out in 2012 on PC, PS3 and Xbox 360.
Source: Press Release