Rockstar Games has opened a new studio up in Oakville, Ontario for the Rockstar Toronto staff, with some financial backing from the Ontario government. How much was not revealed.
With the new studio in Ontario opening up, Rockstar is going to close its Vancouver location over the following six months, though all 35 Vancouver team members are being offered a position at Rockstar Ontario or other studios under the company.
That sounds nice on paper, but the move probably still doesn't feel too great for the Vancouver developers, if we had to guess.
Rockstar's VP of publishing Jennifer Kolbe commented on the move:
"Expanding Rockstar Toronto and bringing our Canadian development talent together under one roof underscores our commitment to building world-class teams that can make the kind of groundbreaking entertainment experiences Rockstar Games is known for. We believe a single Canadian team will make for a powerful creative force on future projects. We plan to add more than 50 new positions to our combined Canadian team, and are pleased to be entering into this strategic partnership with the Ontario government."
The Toronto team recently worked on Max Payne 3, The Warriors, and the Grand Theft Auto series. Rockstar Vancouver also had a hand in Max Payne 3 and developed Bully.