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May 2, 2011 at 2:53 PM

Microsoft opens new Vancouver game studio

Details are scarce, but Microsoft confirmed today that it’s opening a new game studio a few hours north of Redmond, in Vancouver, B.C.

A spokesman told me via email that the studio will be focused on “games for core gamers” but wouldn’t say much else.

A Gamasutra report suggested the studio was initially working social, microtransaction games, but will now build a triple A shooting game for Kinect, something that hasn’t been done yet. Maybe it will produce the first Kinect-enabled Facebook action title.

Microsoft is advertising for 10 positions at the studio, including creative, technical and art directors, so it apparently doesn’t yet have a huge team in place yet.

What’s a little odd is that Microsoft already has another game studio in Vancouver.

In 2009 it bought BigPark, which was part-owned by Don Mattrick, the Vancouver native who is now president of Microsoft’s interactive entertainment group. BigPark became part of Microsoft Game Studios and made “Kinect Joy Ride.”

Microsoft also set up a big research and development center in Vancouver in 2007, with more than 250 people.

Comments | Topics: Kinect, Microsoft, Video games

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