Rockstar Vancouver to be Dismantled
Rockstar Vancouver, best known for their works on such games as Bully, is receiving the shut down treatment that has been happening to several companies as of late (38 Studios, anyone?) Take-Two interactive have announced that they will be shutting the branch. But luckily, this doesn’t mean that it’s the end of the road for them. All of the employees are being offered new jobs within Rockstar; well, more specifically, they are being offered jobs at the expanded Rockstar Toronto.
Rockstar’s plan is to gather up all the Canadian talent that they have and put them all under one roof. Rockstar VP, Jennifer Kolbe has said that such a move was implemented because that way, the collective creativeness of the entire Canadian crew, if you will, would be harnessed for future projects. With the close proximity of the two; I would imagine it would be easier to translate ideas to each other, as opposed to having to use the phone and such.
There will be a larger, custom facility in Oakville, Ontario that will be built. The costs of the expansion is being supported by the Ontario Government, although financial details aren’t exactly clear, as of yet. Thanks to this expansion, the Toronto new team will be able to offer up about 50 new jobs to up and coming developers.
Personally, I think this is a great idea to have so much Canadian talent under one roof. As we know, it’s far easier to help others out in person, then it is over the phone. If an idea is pitched and someone is having trouble implementing it; the issue can be easily solved with a hop, skip, and a jump. I’m sure that sometimes, It’ll literally be a hop, skip, and a jump.
The Most notable work that both Rockstar Vancouver and Toronto have worked on together has been Max Payne 3.