Amazon Games has announced the opening of its new Canadian studio, based in Montreal.
The studio will be focusing on a new online multiplayer IP under the direction of a team of games industry veterans, all coming from Ubisoft Montreal where they shaped Rainbow Six Siege.
Former development director for technology group Luc Bouchard joins Amazon as head of production, creative director Xavier Marquis joins as creative director, brand and esports director Alexandre Remy will be head of product, and creative director Romain Rimokh joins as content director.
Marquis commented: "Building upon 8 years of experience with Siege, we are excited to start with a blank page and the creative freedom to create a completely unique experience in the multiplayer space. From our first discussion, we felt a true connection with the people at Amazon Games, their approach to gaming and the sheer amount of knowledge, expertise and technology available there. It is quite humbling and we couldn't be more excited to start a studio with them."
Amazon Games Montreal will be the company's fourth games development studio -- and the first one outside the US -- after Seattle, Orange County and San Diego.
In an email to Amazon staff made public in February, future CEO Andy Jassy said he believed the firm can succeed in games "if we hang in there."