Activision’s Beenox Expanding Its Roots By Opening Studio In Montréal
Beenox, a wholly owned subsidiary of Activision, is opening a new studio in Montréal for upcoming Call of Duty installments.
Activision Blizzard’s Call Of Duty titles are among the most recognized shooter video games. The Call of Duty franchise has established itself as one of the pioneers of the FPS genre. The fast-paced, high-octane multiplayer matches have become an acknowledged symbol in multiplayer gaming. However, Call of Duty has also produced some fantastic narrative-oriented gems that are remnants of nostalgia.
It is always a pleasant surprise to learn about the expansion of the studios behind the franchise. Activision-owned studio, Beenox, is opening a second studio in Montréal, Canada, as reported first by Montréal International. The studio, which sustains the Call of Duty series development, aspires to expand its footmark in the city by increasing its staff count by up to 20%. The arrival of Activision’s Beenox in Montréal also allows the studio to hasten its ongoing development projects across the company’s Call of Duty series.
The team has built a concrete standing for its ability to deliver crucial input to the blockbuster franchise. This move will help the franchise create fresh content for each season of Call of Duty: Warzone. Collaborating to co-develop an all-new mobile experience within Call of Duty will also become easier. Expansion of Beenox only points to a brighter future for the overall franchise.
The Studio Head at Beenox, Nour Polloni, stated regarding the new studio, “This second office will allow us to enhance our fields of expertise and grow our creative spirit. Our priority will be to provide our teams with a space that nurtures inspiration and innovation and facilitates collaboration, learning, and building strong bonds. We want our team to be proud, excited, and comfortable going to the studio.” Beenox already employs about 50 team members in the Montréal metropolitan area. The studio is hiring for the art departments, programming, design, and mobile team positions. Nour Polloni and her team now want to offer them an inspiring workspace that reflects the studio’s culture.
Nour Polloni will also lead the new studio, and its exact location will be revealed in the coming months. Concerning why Montréal was chosen, she stated the significance of this choice. “This investment in Montréal is the next key step in our studio’s growth as we continue to support the creative ambitions across the Call of Duty franchise,” she noted. “We want our location to attract local and international talent and contribute to the vibrant video game industry in Montréal.”
The new studio will further increase the quality and speed of upcoming titles from Activision Blizzard. At the advent of this year, Microsoft announced the acquisition of the company. While the future of Activision Blizzard is somewhat hazy to predict, this move by Beenox ought to benefit the Call of Duty franchise.
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