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Gearbox Opens New Studio In Quebec

Gearbox is expanding its operations from its home in Dallas, Texas. The company has announced a new studio located in Quebec.

The Quebec City location is in the process of hiring, with the goal of ramping up toward triple-A production throughout 2016. The studio is being led by Sebastien Caisse and Pierre-Andre Dery.

Caisse most recently worked with Quebecor Media as business development director. In that position, he partnered with Sony and Microsoft, among others.

Dery served as an art director for Activision, working on Skylanders and The Amazing Spider-Man. He’s also been involved With Far Cry, Deus Ex, and World of Warcraft while at Volta, a visual development studio specializing in concept art.

No specific projects have been announced. 


Our Take
Between Battleborn, the inevitable Borderlands sequel, and whatever the studio hopes to do with the Homeworld franchise, it’s clearly more than the existing team can reasonably handle. Expanding into Canada gives Gearbox access to a new talent pool that will have a different perspective, similar to how 2K Australia handled Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel (before that location was shut down). – The Feed

Bethesda Opens New Studio In Montreal

Fallout 4 publisher/developer Bethesda is opening up a new game studio in Montreal, Quebec, for unannounced projects on the console, PC, and mobile platforms.

The company says it's already hired over 40 developers at the location (and is still hiring), which will be directed by Yves Lachance. Lachance previously worked with Bethesda when he was with Behaviour Interactive (formerly known as A2M), who created Fallout Shelter and collaborated with Bethesda on the last-gen version of Wolfenstein: The New Order.

[Source: Bethesda]


Our Take
The location of this new studio is no surprise, as it will enable Bethesda to draw on an already rich talent pool in the area. – The Feed

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The National Video Game Museum Opens In Texas Next Month

The traveling Video Game History Museum exhibit has finally found a permanent home inside the Frisco Discovery Center in Frisco, Texas. The National Video Game Museum opens its doors there this winter, and boasts an immense collection chronicling the history of interactive entertainment.

The museum showcases over 100,000 games, consoles, and artifacts. Rare items include the only Sega Neptune prototype, the 1990 Nintendo World Championships cartridge, and an Atari Mindlink controller –one of only two in existence. 

Visitors will be treated to more than 20 installations. Among them are the Pixel Dreams 1980's style arcade filled with classic cabinets. A physical console timeline provides a visual representation of the evolution of game consoles. More unique attractions include a 15-foot working Pong console, and even an exhibit of Gearbox founder Randy Pitchford’s actual office. STEM classes educate visitors on the values of science, technology, engineering, and math. 

The National Video Game Museum opens this December. For more details on events and admissions, visit the museum's website

Our Take:
As the video game industry matures, preserving its history becomes ever more vital. It’s great to see another museum dedicated to interactive entertainment. NVM sounds like a blast for anyone with even a marginal interest in gaming or video game history – The Feed

F2P publisher Aeria opens new SF studio focused on North America

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Guild Wars publisher NCSoft opens mobile gaming division

Guild Wars and WildStar publisher NCSoft has opened Iron Tiger Studios, a new mobile gaming division based in San Mateo, California. …

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InXile opens new Louisiana studio with the governor’s blessing

Wasteland 2 developer inXile is expanding this year, as studio chief Brian Fargo and Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal announced this week that it will open a sister studio in New Orleans by December. …

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GDC 2016 opens for registration, debuts first talks

The time has come to sign up for the largest and longest-running worldwide event for game developers: Game Developers Conference 2016 is now open for registration! …

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Sony opens up public PS4 firmware beta testing program

Sony is pulling back the curtain on its development process a bit by opening up a public beta testing program for its PlayStation 4 firmware updates in the West. …

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PlayStation Plus ‘Vote To Play’ Polling Opens Thursday

Last month, Sony announced that it will let PlayStation Plus users choose a game to be offered as part of the Instant Game Collection. Polling opens Thursday, with three worthy contenders in the first batch.

The choices are digital board game Armello, open world exploration game Grow Home, and Zoink Games’ Zombie Vikings. The game with the most support will be included in September’s free-with-membership game lineup. The others will be offered at a discount for PlayStation Plus members.  

In order to vote, you’ll need to log into PSN on PlayStation 4. Vote to Play will appear under “What’s New” in the “Notifications” section. You can also navigate through the PlayStation Store to the PlayStation Plus section, where you’ll be able to make your choice.

Voting opens at 8:30 a.m. Pacific / 11:30 a.m. Eastern on Thursday, August 13, and closes on Monday, August 24, at the same time.

[Source: PlayStation Blog]


Our Take
I’m curious to see how the developers involved choose to motivate their Twitter and Facebook followers. It will be fun to see if this becomes a monthly heated debate. – The Feed