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However, the news also means the end of the company's Vancouver-based development studio. To soften the blow, Rockstar is offering the 35 employees of Rockstar Vancouver the option of joining Rockstar Toronto, or taking up positions in other Rockstar studios over the next six months.
Jennifer Kolbe, Vice President of Publishing and Operations for Rockstar Games explains the move:
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.
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.
Brad Duguid, Minister of Economic Development and Innovation at the aforementioned government, continues:
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
If you haven't heard of Rockstar Toronto, you havne't been paying attention to things like Max Payne 3, The Warriors and an assortment of titles in the Grand Theft Auto franchise. Rockstar Vancouver also contributed to Max Payne 3, following on from its work on Bully. At this stage, it has not been announced what the expanded Rockstar Toronto will be working on in its swanky new digs.
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