NetEase hires Watch Dogs manager for its new studio in Montreal



NetEase has announced the hiring of Jonathan Morin, head of Watch Dogs, in its Montreal studio.

Morin, who previously served as creative director for the first two Watch Dogs games at Ubisoft, is set to serve as creative director for a new IP at his new employer.

Morin said in a statement, “I am thrilled to announce my new adventure as Creative Director at NetEase Games Montreal. I have the privilege of joining a new passionate and talented team to create our own IP. It’s the start of something special for me and I can’t wait to say more…”

NetEase Montreal was formed in 2019, as part of the Chinese tech company’s push into the console gaming space. So far, the studio has taken care of the publication of 24 Entertainment’s Naraka: Bladepoint.

Previously, the Montreal studio hired veteran Assassin’s Creed and Far Cry producer Emile Liang as lead producer.

In Japan last month, Capcom veteran Hiroyuki Kobayashi, who started his career as a programmer on the original Resident Evil before producing the Dino Crisis series, revealed he had left Capcom to join NetEase.

And last year the company – the second-largest game company in China behind Tencent – also acquired Grasshopper Manufacture, developer of No More Heroes.

Yakuza creator Toshihiro Nagoshi also joined the company, founding Nagoshi Studio. The studio is a “wholly owned subsidiary” of NetEase Games and will focus on developing “premium titles for worldwide release”, primarily on consoles.

In Europe, NetEase has agreed to acquire Quantic Dream for an undisclosed amount. According to the company, the Paris-based studio behind narrative games such as Heavy Rain, Detroit: Become Human and Beyond: Two Souls will continue to operate independently after the deal.

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