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Gearbox Software expands with new Quebec studio

Borderlands series developer Gearbox Software announced the formation of a new studio in Quebec that will begin “growing to full AAA production capability through 2016.”

The Quebec City-based Gearbox Studio Quebec is currently seeking applicants for multiple senior-level positions, including roles for artists, animators, designers, and programmers.

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“We are fortunate that there is a lot of demand on us to deliver our brand of interactive entertainment within the powerful franchises we have at Gearbox Software and the challenge for us is growing to meet this demand,” Gearbox Software president Randy Pitchford said in a statement released today.

Pitchford continued: “As part of our strategy we have already successfully built an expanded all new headquarters in Frisco, Texas. We now look ahead to another key and exciting step which is our commitment towards our all-new Gearbox Studio Quebec where we strive to team up with some incredible talent in the world of video game development outside of Texas to help us build fun and exciting video games within our tent-pole brands.”

Today’s announcement marks the first time the Texas-headquartered Gearbox Software has established a secondary studio of its own. The company previously partnered with 2K Australia during the production of Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel, and Telltale Games helmed the narrative-focused Tales from the Borderlands series.

Gearbox Studio Quebec team leaders include co-studio head and director of operations Sebastien Caisse and studio creative director Pierre-Andre Dery. Dery previously served as an art director for Activision’s Skylanders and The Amazing Spider-Man franchises.

“Thanks to Randy and his gifted team in Texas, we are designing a truly unique studio from the ground up in order to enhance Gearbox’s ability to entertain the world with best-selling, larger than life experiences,” Caisse said. “To be able work for such a storied independent game studio as Gearbox is a great honor.”