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Virtuos announced today that it is opening a new studio located in Lyon, France. This new study will help “increase its global footprint as well as its proximity to customers.”
The new studio will have 12 basic programmers and will be led by Aurélien Kerbeci and Domenico Albani, who have worked in other Lyon-based studios, including Agharta Studio and Eden Games respectively. According to Christophe Gandon, Head of Virtuos’ Game Division, the new study will support elsewhere: “Not only is the team culturally adapted to Virtuos, they are also equipped with the deep technique and domain expertise that will play a crucial role in ensuring our continued success. ”
Virtuo’s headquarters moved to Singapore in 2018, but it has 14 offices around the world. Earlier this month, the company revealed that it had raised $ 150 million from private equity firm Baring Private Equity Asia. The main directive of the study is to provide core assets for game engines that can be incorporated into AAA games.
Recently, Virtuos CEO Gilles Langourieux spoke with GamesBeat and said why the company invested in studios around the world. According to Langourieux, “We have studios in countries where there is a deep talent pool. We have studios in cities where games are made, to be closer to our customers. We make these studios all work on the same platform. ”
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Lyon is home to several game development studios, most notably Arkane. Virtuos also has a studio in Paris, another notable hotspot for game development in France, and Virtuos Lyon will work closely with the Paris location.
Virtuos was in the news recently when VGC released a rumor that it was the studio that developed a Metal Gear Solid 3 remake for Konami. One of Virtuos’ programmers mentioned working on an “unannounced remake” on their LinkedIn profile, which seems to carry these rumors. It is not clear if the Lyon studio will work on anything related to the remake.
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