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Max Payne 3 developer Rockstar Vancouver closing its doors

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    Max Payne 3 developer Rockstar Vancouver closing its doors

    Grand Theft Auto developer Rockstar Games announced some major changes to its Canadian game studios: Namely, that it's dissolved Rockstar Vancouver, the lead studio behind Max Payne 3, to refocus its efforts on another Canadian studio, Rockstar Toronto.

    After numerous delays and several alleged development hiccups, Rockstar Vancouver released Max Payne 3 in May, and while the game received positive reviews and saw a strong launch at retail, it looks like it'll be the last title we ever see from the Vancouver team.

    That said, Rockstar said it hopes to retain the 35-person team, and has offered the staff positions at Rockstar Toronto, which is relocating to a new, larger office in Oakville, Ontario. Rockstar said that it also plans to add 50 new positions to its Canadian team in the months ahead.

    Unlike Rockstar Vancouver, Rockstar Toronto hasn't been the lead developer on an original game in quite some time. The studio played a major role in creating the 2005 action title The Warriors, but ever since the studio has primarily offered support for other Rockstar divisions. Rockstar did not clarify whether the studio's role will change after these major shakeups.

    Outside of Max Payne 3, the only other Rockstar title to be led by Rockstar Vancouver was the 2006 PlayStation 2 title Bully (which later came to Xbox 360, PC, and Wii). Prior to that, the studio was known as Barking Dog, and developed titles like Homeworld: Cataclysm and Global Operations before it was acquired by Rockstar in 2002.
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    Isn't the developer just moving somewhere else?
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    damn. I was hoping for Bully 2... Hopefully that will get picked up at Rockstar Toronto

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    They didn't close for good, they just moved to a Toronto studio.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Schismalicious View Post
    Isn't the developer just moving somewhere else?
    Some of the employees became a part of Rockstar Toronto, while the other ones will get released from their contracts.

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    So they junk the studio that had two successful games, and keep the one that's done nothing in 7 years...smart move. Something behind the scenes must have happened.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Schismalicious View Post
    Isn't the developer just moving somewhere else?
    its sort of like a merger only the studio name will be torontos.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lasombra View Post
    So they junk the studio that had two successful games, and keep the one that's done nothing in 7 years...smart move. Something behind the scenes must have happened.
    Yeah it seems really strange but then all we can do is speculate on the reasons behind it if they don't keep the teams that were working at Vancouver.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lasombra View Post
    So they junk the studio that had two successful games, and keep the one that's done nothing in 7 years...smart move. Something behind the scenes must have happened.
    I agree, but Rockstar rarely disappoints

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    A more positive spin on the same story - Rockstar expands its Toronto operations - GameSpot.com

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