A group of core members from the Rainbow Six Siege team – including its ex-creative director – will lead a new Amazon Games studio, working on a AAA "online multiplayer title based on new IP."
The founding members of the unnamed studio include Luc Bouchard, Xavier Marquis, Alexandre Remy and Romain Rimokh, all of whom worked to make Rainbow Six Siege a reality. On Siege, Bouchard was production director, Marquis was creative director, Marquis was brand director, and Rimokh was narrative director, making this a swathe of major roles, both in creative and technical development.
The new game is described only as "an online multiplayer title based on new IP", and no release date or other details have been given at time of writing. Amazon points out that the game is just one of "several unannounced projects currently in development" at its studios.
The new developer is based in Montreal and will complement Amazon's other development studios in Seattle, Orange County and San Diego. Amazon Games VP Christoph Hartmann pointed towards the Montreal team's talent for "building deep, community-focused multiplayer experiences" which will bolster Amazon's vision to create "best-in-class online games."
"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,” said Xavier Marquis, Creative Director at Amazon's Montreal studio. “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's incumbent CEO Andy Jassy recently pledged his support to the company's gaming division. This renewed support arrives following reported internal struggles at Amazon Game Studios.
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