Warner Bros. will build upon the restructuring of DC Entertainment and the expansion of Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment by opening a new game-development studio in downtown Montreal.
Announced Monday during a press conference, WB Games Montreal will develop video games based on DC Comics properties, GameFocus reports. According to Canoe, the new venture will feature an “upscale interactive gaming and 3D animation studio,” a quality-assurance center and facilities for adaptation and translation.
Although Warner Bros. in recent years has purchased LEGO games developer Traveller’s Tales, Snowblind Studios, the assets to bankrupt Midway Games and, just last month, a majority stake in Batman: Arkham Asylum developer Rocksteady Studios, WB Games Montreal will be the first studio the entertainment giant has started itself.
The new studio, which will receive about $7.4 million in subsidies from the Quebecois government, plans to employ more than 300 people by 2015. Canoe reports the arrival of WB Games will make Montreal “the sixth biggest city worldwide in the video game industry.” The city is already home to studios for major game publishers like Eidos, Electronic Arts and Ubisoft, lured there in part by government tax credits.