French developer Quantic Dream has announced the opening of a new studio in Montreal, Canada led by former Eidos Monteal head Stephane D’Astous, who will serve as its general manager.
Yohan Cazaus, previously the project lead game designer on Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, joins D’Astous as gameplay director for Quantic Dream’s new projects in development.
“The opening of Quantic Dream Montreal is an important step in our development,” said Quantic Dream co-CEO and Quantic Dream Montreal chairman Guillaume de Fondaumiere in a press release. “The implementation of several new projects leads us to engage a major recruitment program for 2021 in all disciplines. Quantic Dream is opening a new office in Montreal to quickly build a ‘human-sized’ team, made up of experts from the region. We plan to recruit most of the team this year with the creation of approximately 50 positions by the end of 2021.”
D’Astous added, “It is a great pleasure for me to join Quantic Dream and to found this new studio in Montreal. Quantic Dream’s productions stand out in many ways and in particular for their high level of quality. Our goal is to attract experienced talent at Quantic Dream Montreal, from Canada and the United States, and in particular designers, programmers and animators, who will work closely with our teams in Paris to develop AAA titles on PC and next-generation consoles.”
According to Quantic Dream co-CEO and creative director David Cage, Quantic Dream hopes “to continue to advance our studio by accessing the exceptional talents that are [in Montreal], and by proposing different and ambitious projects.”
Montreal International and Investissement Quebec International are assisting Quantic Dream in their first international expansion project.