Bethesda, the studio behind Fallout 3, Fallout 4 and all the Elder Scrolls games, announced this week that they’ve opened a new studio in Montreal, Quebec.
The studio, which will work on both mobile and console games, is led by Yves Lachance, who most recently worked on Wolfenstein: The Old Blood and Fallout Shelter, and who has a team consisting of 40 developers.
Montreal has become a hotbed of game development in the past decade, and many developers who open a second or third studio end up there.
“We’ve worked with some very talented developres in Montreal for a long time, and decided it was time to open a studio there,” said Todd Howard, Game Director on titles like Fallout 4 and Skyrim. “It’s exciting to think about the games we’ll be building together.”
“We are thrilled to be launching the studio in Montreal,” said Lachance, “and contributing our city’s great game-making talent to the kind of games that Bethesda Game Studios is known for.”
As for what they’re working on next, we have no idea currently. Howard has hinted that a new-gen release of Skyrim might be in the cards, so they might end up on that as way to cut their teeth, or they could work on some of the upcoming DLC for Fallout 4.
My only question is, if Bethesda Softworks/Game Studio is based in Bethesda, Maryland, shouldn’t this studio be called Montreal Softworks? (No, probably not.)