The new expert studio dedicated to driving technological innovation in video games will begin operations in the fall of 2020
“More than two years ago, real reflection began on the new vision for Eidos-Montreal, and the creation of this new regional chapter is closely linked to it. We wanted to continue our controlled growth and keep people and technology at the heart of this vision, explains David Anfossi, Head of Studio at Eidos-Montreal. The opening of this new expert studio will provide tools for content developers to enrich the experience and immersion of players. The proximity to Montreal, renowned universities and the quality of life found in Sherbrooke are criteria that contributed to the final choice. “
For its opening this fall, Eidos-Sherbrooke is targeting 20 dedicated full-time employees. The studio will start its activities “virtually” and the premises are scheduled to open in early 2021. Within 5 years, the team’s growth is estimated at nearly 100 employees in Sherbrooke, including seasoned professionals, veterans of the industry and related fields as well as graduates from Sherbrooke universities, as well as from all of Quebec and Canada and internationally.
The region at the heart of recruitment
Today, more than ever, the studio is focusing on the regions to pursue its controlled growth and consolidate its teams. For Julien Bouvrais, CTO of Eidos-Montreal and head of Studio for Eidos-Sherbrooke, Estrie represents a foray into a very promising region: “Sherbrooke is an innovative city in our image!” It offers all the opportunities to develop professionally and personally, while taking advantage of the technological potential of the city. With the universities of Sherbrooke and Bishop’s offering cutting-edge programs in computer science and programming, the region seems to us a great place for continuing to develop our fields of expertise. “
The studio is primarily looking for programmers and a skillful mix of experts in diverse industries like graphics rendering, cloud computing, network administration, and more. Applicants can submit their resume now: https://eidossherbrooke.com
Driving technological innovation
The studio will capitalize on the almost endless possibilities of new processes such as cloud computing, real-time geo-morphing, voxel-based raytracing and multi-node game engines. These technologies in a video game context will allow creating infinitely customizable, highly realistic and real-time environments, in addition to testing high-performance simulations for several users simultaneously. “With our establishment in Sherbrooke, we want to offer something else, an environment and working conditions that foster creativity and innovation,” adds Julien Bouvrais.
Eidos-Sherbrooke can count on the collaboration and support of the City of Sherbrooke, Sherbrooke Innopole and the University of Sherbrooke. Several projects are already planning to be carried out in collaboration with the latter, notably in research and development.
Eidos-Sherbrooke ™ is an expert studio dedicated to driving the technological innovation of Eidos-Montréal™ (member of the Square Enix® group of companies) studio renowned for its work on the Deus Ex® franchise and the latest installment in the Tomb Raider® series. Through research and development, Eidos-Sherbrooke endeavours to explore, test and apply various technologies to support the creation of experiences, universes, and emotions for players. The studio will be home to top-level technical expertise recruited from universities, as well as local and international talent collaborating and together imagining the video games of tomorrow. https://eidossherbrooke.com
Eidos-Montréal™ (a SQUARE ENIX® studio) is focused on creating immersive and captivating experiences. For the last decade, the development teams at Eidos-Montréal have orchestrated the successful reboot of the DEUS EX® series (Deus Ex: Human Revolution®, Deus Ex: Mankind Divided®), released the latest entry in the THIEF® franchise, and have also played a key role in the development of the award-winning TOMB RAIDER® series. To ensure its creative vision can be realized in-game, the studio has developed its own cutting-edge technology, the Dawn Engine®. The studio also provides technical support for Square Enix operations around the world, including research and development, quality assurance, and playtests.
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