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.”