It seems as though another talented studio is falling by the wayside as Rockstar Vancouver is the latest studio to fall after a great effort with Max Payne 3.
Rockstar has announced today that it will be restructuring its Canadian offices rendering Rockstar Vancouver obsolete in an effort to refocus it’s assets on its other Canadian studio, Rockstar Toronto.
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.
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.
It’s unknown at this time whether Rockstar Toronto will play a more prominent role in 2K’s plans or if they will stick with the supporting role. It’s sad to see another talented studio go down though, especially one that made Bully and Max Payne 3.