But It's Not A Movie Tie-In
Montreal is awash with new videogame outfits, popping up left, right and center it seems. The government support their burgeoning videogame scene with tax incentives and generous grants, so it's no surprise to see Warner Bros. Interactive opening their very own Montreal studio, too. And what with WB's ties to DC Comics - Warner Bros funds and distributes all the DC-licensed films, from Batman to Superman and Green Lantern - you'd be forgiven for thinking their new Montreal outfit has a superhero mandate. And you might just be right, but don't expect them to be working on tie-ins, however.
"We’re definitely working closely with DC on different titles, yet to be announced," studio head Martin Carrier told Canadian Business Times. "It’s a good time to be working with DC. There’s so much energy going on there. So yeah, [we’re in] the triple-A space and the casual online space." Carrier was full of praise for English studio, Rocksteady, whose work revitalizing the superhero genre with Arkham Asylum and Arkham City has inspired Warner Bros. Montreal to match their efforts.
"We realize how good a job Rocksteady did with Arkham Asylum," he said. "They changed people’s perceptions and that’s why we’re not satisfied anymore with sub-par superhero games. Now, it’s like they should be better than all the other games." Carrier admitted he'd like to know the "secret recipe" for Rocksteady's work, but is adamant WB Montreal can produce the same sort of quality.
However, one of the main reasons Arkham Asylum and City were so successful stemmed from Rocksteady being granted permission to work from Batman lore, rather than constricted by a film tie-in license. Warner Bros has a heap of DC films on their plate, what with The Dark Knight Rises and Superman: Man of Steel all set for release in the next few years. But don't expect to see Montreal's name attached to any of those film's tie-ins.
"No, we’re not going in that direction," Carrier said, in regards to tie-ins. "It’s really about make the game what it needs to be and forget the movies." We're happy to hear this, and pretty excited about what WB Montreal has to offer. With an workforce of over 300 employees expected by 2015 - it stands at 150 right now - they've all the right pieces in place to provide us with some quality superhero material. [Canadian Business Times]