Ten­cen­t’s TiMi Stu­dio Group is open­ing a new office in Mon­tre­al which will be work­ing on a open-world AAA IP. This Mon­tre­al team is TiM­i’s third group in North Amer­i­ca, join­ing teams in Los Ange­les and Seattle.

TiMi makes some of the most pop­u­lar games on mobile, includ­ing Call of Duty: Mobile, Hon­or of Kings, and the upcom­ing Poké­mon Unite.

The new Mon­tre­al Stu­dio will focus on the “cre­ation and devel­op­ment of an orig­i­nal IP” that’s a AAA open-world ser­vice-focused game for mul­ti­ple plat­forms. A press release states the stu­i­do will “set its own cre­ativ­i­ty des­tiny” and that they plan to grow to a “siz­able” group by the end of 2021.

Vin­cent Gao, head of glob­al game devel­op­er for TiMi Stu­dio Group , said Mon­tre­al was a good place to set up a stu­dio because it “offers access to a diverse, trend-set­ting work­force capa­ble of cre­at­ing AAA open-world expe­ri­ences at a mas­sive scale.”

Our focus is to start with con­sole and PC plat­forms with the high­est qual­i­ty, and then let gamers all over the world play how they want regard­less of plat­forms,” Gao said.

TiM­i’s Mon­tre­al stu­dio will work with local uni­ver­si­ties, along with Mon­tre­al International–to sup­port future endeavors.

Addi­tion­al­ly, the new office is includ­ed in TiMi Stu­dio’s mem­ber­ship in the video game indus­try group Plan­et Alliance, which is doing what it can to reduce the col­lec­tive car­bon footprint.

TiM­i’s Seat­tle stu­dio is mak­ing a mul­ti-plat­form shoot­er based on a new IP The com­pa­ny’s Los Ange­los branch is work­ing on an unan­nounced project.

One of the shared objec­tives for these three new stu­dios is to ensure tru­ly amaz­ing cul­tures of their own, that encour­age risk-tak­ing on a cre­ative lev­el, ” exec­u­tive pro­duc­er Sin­jin Bain said. “We’ve already gained strong expe­ri­ence from set­ting up our exist­ing teams in North Amer­i­ca and with the free­dom and resources we have at our dis­pos­al, we are ready to build more world class teams mak­ing amaz­ing orig­i­nal AAA games.”