Microsoft Studios' Vancouver office is now Black Tusk Studios
The console game development scene has been growing grimmer and grimmer in Vancouver this year, with companies like Ubisoft and Rockstar shutting down their studios there. But a new beacon of hope has begun to shine (pardon the corny metaphor), as a group of Microsoft developers have officially launched their own studio, Black Tusk.
Starting off with just Mike Crump (now studio manager) and four others, all of whom were formally of Ubisoft, the studio, formally known as Microsoft Game Studios Vancouver, operated under the radar until it had gathered fifty more members, becoming large enough that the studio was given the green light from Microsoft.
"It is a good news story for us," said Crump. "We're excited about the opportunities here, we think Vancouver has a bright future."
The news is also good for Vancouver-based developers looking for a job, as Black Tusk's website includes job listings for a wide range of positions, from engineers to designers. This is in line with the studio's plan to double its numbers within a year.
As for what games the studio will develop, Crump said that its focus will be on the creation of triple-A Xbox titles. "What that means is we are working on Microsoft's next big entertainment franchise," he said. "We're not working on an existing franchise, we're looking to build the next Halo here in Vancouver, for example, which is really exciting. We are building something from the ground up."
All of what Crump had to say about Black Tusk can be found through the source link below.
Source: The Vancouver Sun
A writer, journalist, and aspiring storyteller, Peter Grimm has been gaming since the days of the Nintendo 64, and reporting on the goings-on in the World of Gaming since late 2011. His base of writing operations is located within the void between Here and There, or so he would have you think.
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