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Max Payne 3 Dev Shutting Down, Rockstar Toronto Expanding

GTA developer Rockstar has officially confirmed that it's going to dissolve its studio Rockstar Vancouver, in an effort to improve and refocus on the company's Canadian branch, Rockstar Toronto. According to Rockstar, everyone who worked at Vancouver has been offered staff positions at the team in Toronto, which is set to expand overall, with "larger, new, custom-built facility in Oakville, Ontario."

"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," said Jennifer Kolbe, Vice President of Publishing and Operations for Rockstar Games. "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."

"Rockstar Games' decision to expand its Toronto studio demonstrates the confidence in Ontario's leading-edge digital gaming industry. By providing financial support and tax incentives to help companies grow, we maximize Ontario's competitiveness in the global economy and support job creation," said Brad Duguid, Minister of Economic Development and Innovation.



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xXSheperdXx Jul 10 2012, 07:07 am EDT
When i read the title I was like "WHY !", but then it made sense lets hope they give us a good GTA V
im_stardust Jul 10 2012, 07:14 am EDT
Good riddance. Waste of money and space. Looking at the last Max Payne again, I would just fired their asses.
Sword Fight Jul 10 2012, 03:00 pm EDT
I finished the story today. It was a very polished game. I liked the coherent story too, and the varied environments. Also commendable is how well it ran; rock solid 60FPS on max (which proves just how poorly optimized GTA4 was). I'd give them all a raise for a job well done. Except for the awful matchmaking in multiplayer. Fucking shit, just put in some dedicated servers.

As I understand it, it's being merged rather than shutdown. Nobody is losing their job involuntarily. It's only if they don't want to move cities. They're actually going to hire 50 new people, in addition to those being merged from Vancouver. Sorry for the bad news, im_stardust.
alex8642 Jul 10 2012, 04:36 pm EDT
Haha, I live 15 minutes away from their new studio!!!
Rondo Jul 10 2012, 06:46 pm EDT
Toronto ftw!
Breedy_Mcfluff Jul 10 2012, 11:55 pm EDT
That still sucks dick for them. If they want employment, they have to move all their shit a couple thousands of miles across the country.

At least it might not be as bad as those 38 Studios employees had it. They, some worse then others, got buttfucked, big time.
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