Rockstar is compensating. The gaming giant is merging two studios, Rockstar Toronto and Max Payne 3 developer Rockstar Vancouver to a new studio in Oaksville, Ontario. The move is pushed along by Ontario’s governement. As well as the merger, there will be 50 new positions available.
Vice President of Publishing and Operations Jennifer Kolbe had this to say:
“Expanding Rockstar Toronto and bringing our Canadian development talent together under one roof underscores our commitment to building world-class teams that can make the kind of groundbreaking entertainment experiences Rockstar Games is known for. We believe a single Canadian team will make for a powerful creative force on future projects. We plan to add more than 50 new positions to our combined Canadian team, and are pleased to be entering into this strategic partnership with the Ontario government.”
In addition, Brad Duguid added:
“Rockstar Games’ decision to expand its Toronto studio demonstrates the confidence in Ontario’s leading-edge digital gaming industry. By providing financial support and tax incentives to help companies grow, we maximize Ontario’s competitiveness in the global economy and support job creation.”
The team is currently working on PC versions of Grand Theft Auto IV and Liberty City’s.