THQ Announces New Montreal Development Studio

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THQ, Inc. announced that it has chosen Montreal, Quebec as the location for its newest video game development and production studio.

Dave Gatchel, who previously managed THQ's Paradigm Entertainment, has been announced as the studio's general manager. Though a final location in Montreal is still being debated, the new facility will open up in early 2010, and is expected to deliver its first titles in "fiscal 2013," a period that spans April 1, 2012 through March 31, 2013.

THQ eventually expects the new location to become the "largest facility in its global studio system." Thanks to an agreement the company struck with Quebec's government, THQ's newest studio projects it will create more than 400 sustainable jobs over the next five years, in areas such as "design, engineering, art, content and technology development, [and] quality assurance and localization." This would effectively increase the company's global presence of more than 1,200 employees by more than a third.

Interested (and qualified) job seekers can send their resumes to THQ Montreal at: Montrealcareers@thq.com.

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    December 4, 2009 7:31 PM

    Good to hear of some expansion SOMEWHERE in the industry. There were rumors of THQ going bankrupt a year or so ago and they cut a lot of B grade franchises in their portfolio along with the studios that made them, funneling more cash to their most promising studios like Relic and Vigil. I hope that some of their upcoming titles net them some nice bank because they really seem to be trying to reduce quantity and up the quality. EA says that they're doing the same thing but what say you shack? Do you think there's enough money to go around? Do you think doubling down on fewer, higher budget titles will turn fortunes around because if Dead Space 2 and Mirrors Edge 2 sell mediocre...well...that would be really bad. Maybe this is all moot. Maybe everything is just fucked until the economy gets better.

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      December 4, 2009 8:25 PM

      Kind of depends on what the expectations are. If these titles now need to sell 5 million minimum then it could be unlikely to do as well as they want when you put all your eggs in one (a few) baseket/s

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      December 4, 2009 9:19 PM

      It's because the Canadian government is funding it. They probably got millions to open in Montreal.

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        December 4, 2009 9:28 PM

        You got that right.

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        December 4, 2009 10:02 PM

        I hear they're offering so much money per position that a ton of entry level positions are being created, because essentially the company will be MAKING money by having a bunch of low paying jobs.

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        December 5, 2009 10:38 AM

        No they aren't. What they do get is tax credits from the Quebec government, but they don't get "funded" by the feds or the province.

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      December 5, 2009 12:01 AM

      Theres enough money around. Gamers are being choosy and rightly so, theres a lot of shit out there. Relic is AAA all the way.

      Dawn of War and Company of Heroes are amazing, I dont think Dawn of War 2 was the best, but mucho respect for the company that's trying to make their own trail through strategy gaming.

      Relic needs to work on their online networks though... having to use games for windows live sucks and their method of update on steam is terrible. Still great games... im sure their next CoH or real-time strategy game/engine will be epic.