Square Enix eyeing second studio in Canada

Square Enix is considering a handful of Canadian cities for the location of a new studio dedicated to developing games for the next generation of home consoles. The publisher told Quebec newspaper La Presse it would be choosing between Vancouver, Montreal and Toronto by the end of May, with plans to set up shop in the Great White North in 2012.

The new digs will house at least 100 staff and be Square Enix's second office in Canada. In 2007, it opened Eidos Montreal in Quebec, a studio which has since served as the publisher's quality assurance headquarters and is currently developing Deus Ex: Human Revolution. Its director, Stéphane D'Astous, has been tasked with picking the location for the new studio, and says that, "the negotiating process has begun."

With D'Astous taking selection lead, odds are Eidos Montreal will be getting some close company. Establishing another studio within the same province makes sense for a few reasons. On a purely operational level, the studios would benefit from the close working relationship. From a financial angle, it would also give Square Enix access to a larger share of Quebec's lucrative video game subsidies and incentives. More important than both these factors combined, however, is the fact poutine in Montreal far outstrips anything Vancouver or Toronto can produce, and that is the key for employee retention.

No decision has been made, but D'Astous noted no matter where the studio ends up, it will be vital to Square Enix's future strategy, saying, "The new consoles from Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo will require more attention and more staff … We want to prepare ourselves."

[Source: La Presse via Shacknews]

Mar 17, 2011

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  • tyler_14_420 - May 20, 2011 6:31 a.m.

    Vancouver would be nice. I live close to Vancouver :D
  • freakyfro99 - March 18, 2011 8:07 p.m.

    Come to Montreal, right next to Eidos. At least somewhere downtown. That way it makes it easy for me to steal all the secrets :D
  • soranamineforever - March 18, 2011 6:41 a.m.

    Right, Nintendo's console... ever make anything worthwhile on that thing, Square?
  • SideOfBeef - March 18, 2011 3:27 a.m.

    On the one hand, I want a job. On the other hand, I hate Square Enix. Random point: Dealing with the English/French divide as you get into Montreal is a bit of a pain in the ass, much simpler when you can run things in one language or the other.
  • phantomfatale - March 17, 2011 11:52 p.m.

    oh my god I so hope it's toronto, I'm working toward a video game development scholarship and I would love if I was close to Square's offices, it's where I was planning to work after college. Square is an amazing rpg company I would love to work for them, especially if it was close to my family.
  • SeattleSound - March 17, 2011 10:37 p.m.

    If they come to Montreal, I might have a job there in the future.
  • NightCrawler_358 - March 17, 2011 9:40 p.m.

    I hope its Toronto so I can go and demand Kingdom Hearts 3, and stop any new MMOs to come from them.
  • D0CCON - March 17, 2011 9:39 p.m.

    Afraid of more earthquakes?
  • H2A2I00 - March 17, 2011 9:29 p.m.

    I want it to be in Toronto so the gaming scene over here will grow. i also think they have tax incentives if they set up in ontario as well.
  • Meebo - March 17, 2011 8:47 p.m.

    Where ever the office ends up, I hope they start working on Kingdom Hearts 3
  • justinbanda - March 17, 2011 7:22 p.m.

    @JohnDagger: I third your suggestion :) Or, better yet, they could set up shop in Montreal, next to Ubisoft.
  • Cleanser247 - March 17, 2011 7:12 p.m.

    I agree JohnDagger : ) lol
  • JohnDagger - March 17, 2011 7:10 p.m.

    They should set up in Edmonton, Alberta across the street from bioware. That way when they're making a new final fantasy game and feel like the story makes no sense and the characters are unlikable, they can just walk across the street and ask for help. (seriously! how the fuck does the junction system from FF8 work IRL anyway? how do you steal "magic" and put them in your pocket?)
  • Sy87 - March 17, 2011 6:56 p.m.

    Yeah I was thinking Montreal would be a good place to setup too.

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