A new Microsoft studio is arriving on the scene, where of all places?
Why in the exact area where 3 major studio closings have occurred, Vancouver.
The game industry has had a hard time lately keeping their roots planted firm in the Canadian soil, what with Max Payne 3 studio Rockstar Vancouver and Prototype developer Radical Entertainment had to close down their doors this past year. The new studio, Black Tusk Studios, formerly Microsoft Studios Vancouver, house 55 employees with the company housing experience combined of roughly 12 years.
The studio has said it will be working on a AAA project that might just be a site to see.
Studio manager Mike Crump says that the company is “working on Microsoft’s next big entertainment franchise — we’re not working on an existing franchise, we’re looking to build the next Halo here in Vancouver, for example, which is really exciting. We are building something from the ground up.”
Can this Microsoft studio live up to their bold words? Well seeing as how we have seen some great games (Max Payne 3, Prototype, and Dead Rising 2) come from this particular soil, it’s safe to say that there just may be something in the water.
We’ll see if their claims come full circle once development begins (if it hasn’t already) in the months/years to come.