Burbank, CA-based Warner Brothers Interactive Entertainment will establish a new studio in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, where the company can take advantage of a deep talent pool and tax incentives, the company announced Monday.
Quebec Premier Jean Charest, Montreal Mayor Gerald Tremblay and WBIE president Martin Tremblay made the announcement during a Monday briefing. A $7.5 million grant from the Quebec government through Investissement Quebec played a major role in the new studio's founding, according to a press statement. Clement Gignac, Minister of Economic Development, Innovation and Export Trade, was also on hand at the announcement.
The studio will be home to departments including "high-end interactive gaming product development, digital and cinematographic animation, quality assurance of products developed by the Montreal studio, as well as the adaptation and translation of its products into various languages."
WBIE did not give a specific Montreal location for the new development house, but said the studio would "gradually grow" to 300 workers by the end of 2015.
Martin Tremblay said that local industry veteran Martin Carrier will "coordinate the studio's implementation" in the weeks to come. The final management structure for the studio is to be announced.
Aside from game-friendly universities and tax incentives, he also said that affordable operating costs played a factor in choosing Montreal for a new studio.
Minister Gignac said Montreal's workforce "will distribute all around the world multilingual products developed, translated, and adapted right here in Quebec." He added, "The establishment of this studio will certainly contribute to the consolidation and the integration of Quebec's video game industry."
Many game companies are based in or have operations in Montreal, including Ubisoft, BioWare, Electronic Arts and others.