Video games: lots of games made with us

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Over the years, Montreal and all of Quebec have established themselves as a hotbed for creating and developing video games. Today, with over 150 studios, independent or not, the province is growing.

Anyone who says “video games” and “Quebec” immediately thinks of Ubisoft. Because it is in Montreal and Quebec that the series takes place Assassin’s Creed (for Windows, PS4, PS5, Xbox Series X and S, Xbox One, Stadium with selected titles for Nintendo Switch).

with Odysseyreleased in 2018, which takes place in Sparta, and Valhalla, available since 2020, which transports players to Viking time, “players” have something to do. With more than 155 million copies sold, the franchise will continue to expand as the Ubisoft Montreal and Quebec teams are currently working on an encrypted online game Assassin’s Creed Infinityand in which players can navigate from one era to another.

In addition to the shooting game Hiperscape (for Windows, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X and S), Far Cry New Dawn (for Windows, PS4 and Xbox One) and its apocalyptic universe, or the essentials Rainbow Six (for Windows, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X and S and Stadia) and Detached cell (for Windows and Xbox 360), Ubisoft studios in Quebec are also behind tRANSFER (for Windows, PS4, Xbox One, Oculus Rift and HTC Vive).

This title, released in 2018 and developed in collaboration with SpecterVision, a company created by Elijah Wood, is a psychological thriller that offers the player to discover the secrets of a somewhat crazy scientist.

As for Gameloft, a company founded in 1999 by Michel Guillemot, co-founder of Ubisoft, Montreal studios have created Gangstar, Dungeon hunter and Modern warfareall available on the company website, for Android and / or iOS.

Eidos Montreal is also one of the flagships of the industry. Of course, we think about the essentials Deus Ex (for PC, PS4 and Xbox One) and Shadow of the Tomb Raider (for Windows, PS4 and Xbox One), but there are also Marvel’s Avengers (for PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One and Stadia), released last September.

An action-adventure game for the third person, the title allows you to play alone or with up to four participants in cooperative mode, in order to – you guessed it – save the Earth. And that’s not all. Building on the success of transposing the adventures of Marvel superheroes, Eidos Montreal will launch Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy (for Windows, Nintendo Switch, PS4, PS5, Xbox One and Xbox X and S series) in October 2021. And players will take on the role of Star Lord to save … the galaxy!

Independents …

As for Behavior Interactive and its 700 employees in Montreal, we find out Dead from sunlight (for Windows, Nintendo Switch, PS4, PS5, Xbox One and Xbox X and S series), a horror title enjoyed by more than 30 million fans and in which one player takes on the role of the bloodthirsty killer while four others try to escape him. And for those who prefer to play on their phone, running Game of Thrones Beyond The Wall (for Android and iOS), derived from the cult HBO series Iron throne.

In Outerminds (for Android and iOS), there are some fun strategy games, adventure or arcade, while Crea-ture Studios offers session (early access via Steam for Windows), a skateboard simulation game.

As for MinoGames, this developer offers one Cat Game – Cat Collector! for Android and iOS for all cat lovers.

Quick portrait of “players” in Quebec

In “Video Players in Canada – Essential Facts 2020”, the Canada Entertainment Software Association ALD profiles players in the province. Here are some numbers:

  • The average age of adult players is 37;
  • 57% of adults enjoy the pleasure of playing video games;
  • Quebec “players” play an average of eight hours a week;
  • For children and adolescents, the average age is 12 years;
  • 85% of them play video games;
  • And kids and teens here spend an average of 14.5 hours a week in front of their screen playing.

Waste of time (useful) of the week

It is through Steam that we discover a little miracle, not just home-made, but taking place in Quebec. Whisper ValleyWhere Whisper Valley, transports us in 1896 to the village of Sainte-Monique-Des-Monts, where a mysterious creature spins. The game will be released this year and the “demo” version, which can be downloaded for free, is amazing!

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