Gearbox Software have opened a new development studio in Quebec who will be working on an unnanounced AAA project.
Sebastien Caisse, Ph.D and Pierre-Andre Dery will be acting as co-studio heads, and overseeing the hiring of talent to work in the first new studio outside of Texas in the last sixteen years. Sebastien Caisse has worked on projects with Sony and Microsoft while in roles at Quebecor Media and Squeeze animation, while Pierre-Andre Dery worked on Skylanders as an art director at Activision.
Randy Pitchford is a very happy man.
“We are fortunate that there is a lot of demand on us to deliver our brand of interactive entertainment within the powerful franchises we have at Gearbox Software and the challenge for us is growing to meet this demand. As part of our strategy we have already successfully built an expanded all-new headquarters in Frisco, Texas. We now look ahead to another key and exciting step which is our commitment towards our all-new Gearbox Studio Quebec where we strive to team up with some incredible talent in the world of video game development outside of Texas to help us build fun and exciting video games within our tent-pole brands.”
While new studio co-head Sebastien had this to say:
“Thanks to Randy and his gifted team in Texas, we are designing a truly unique studio from the ground up in order to enhance Gearbox’s ability to entertain the world with best-selling, larger-than-life experiences. To be able work for such astoried independent game studio as Gearbox is a great honor.”
Exciting times abound when a big developer starts up a new studio. Here’s hoping their first project is an exciting one.