Square-Enix plans to open a new studio with over a hundred employees in 2012, somewhere in Canada. The maker of Final Fantasy is reportedly negotiating with the governments of Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal. Whichever location offers the best tax incentives package will get a new Square Enix Studio that expects to employ over one-hundred new employees. Square Enix already has a studio in Montreal – which it acquired when it bought Eidos in 2009. But that doesn’t mean Square Enix is giving the edge to that locale:
"When Eidos arrived in Montreal in 2007, the government made a fair offer, but much water has flowed under the bridge for four years," said Stéphane D’Astous, director of Eidos Montreal in a recent French-language interview.
The new Square Enix studio will focus on games for the next generation of consoles, according to D’Astous. Either D’Astous knows something everyone else doesn’t know or his comments were lost in translation.
We’ll have more on this story as it develops, but no doubt some government in Canada will give Square Enix a deal that it just can’t resist.
Source: The Escapist