Tencent opens up new TiMi studio in Montréal

Tencent opens up new TiMi studio in Montréal

Chinese tech and entertainment giant Tencent has opened yet another games studio in North America.

As reported by GamesBeat, the firm's TiMi Studio Group arm has set up shop in Montréal, Canada and is apparently working on a brand new triple-A, open-world and games-as-a-service title for both PC and console. TiMi Montréal is recruiting at the moment and has attracted a number of industry veterans already, apparently.

“The team in Montréal is just getting started, with several respected local game makers signing on with an extensive track record in the industry, including Ubisoft, Google Stadia, EA, Rockstar Games, Bethesda Game Studios, Behaviour Interactive, with a few consultants helping as well,” TiMi Studio Group's head of global game development Vincent Gao said.

“We don’t have a specific number to share now but we anticipate this will be a sizable team because of the nature of the project we are working on. TiMi Montréal is creating a triple-A open-world game, big enough to contain rich content and to enable player exploration.”

Gao continued: “Our presence in North America has been several years in the making so to reach this point and share this news with you is great progress. We’ll keep working at it so we have more to share soon.”

This news comes hot on the heels of Tencent setting up TiMi Seattle in June of last year.

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