Novaquark, developer of Dual Universe, today announces the creation of a new office in Montreal, Canada, as well as the hiring of founder and former head of Eidos-Montreal,

Developer Novaquark opens new studio in Montreal; hires former Eidos-Montreal head Stéphane D’Astous

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Novaquark, developer of Dual Universe,
today announces the creation of a new office in Montreal, Canada, as
well as the hiring of founder and former head of Eidos-Montreal,
Stéphane D’Astous, as General Manager. The goal of this new studio is to
ramp up development on the gameplay of the ambitious civilization
building MMO, Dual Universe.

Stéphane
D’Astous led the foundations of Eidos-Montreal and of Square
Enix-Montreal studios creating more than 500 jobs, which developed
critically acclaimed titles such as Deus Ex: Human Revolution, Tomb
Raider and Thief. Stéphane was also the former Director of Operation at
Ubisoft-Montreal and actively contributed to its early growth.

«It's
a true honor to join the Novaquark team and open a world-class studio
in Montréal. Working with a visionary genius like Jean-Christophe is a
rare opportunity that I could not refuse. The game on which we will be
working on,
Dual Universe,
is an immensely ambitious game that will change the way we experience
and play video games. No other gaming studio in Montreal is working on
this type of game, it’s a great addition to our city.
»

The
creation of the Montreal office will complement and reinforce the
growing team based in Paris, France, in developing the core feature of
the startup’s ambitious MMO, Dual Universe,
set to be released in 2020. The new studio in Montreal plans to recruit
a team of up to 50 people, focused on the game’s production. An open
invitation to see a live-demo of the game in Montreal is scheduled for this March 5th. For more details, consult the Facebook page or the Twitter feed of Dual Universe.

Several positions are immediately available in Montreal and defined on the company’s website: novaquark.com/jobs.

Similar in concept to worlds like the Oasis of Ready Player One, Dual Universe aims
to revolutionize the genre by creating the first global digital
entertainment platform, fostering massive online communities cooperating
or competing to rebuild civilizations in a virtual metaverse. Dual Universe is available now in its first Alpha stage.

This
freedom to explore, build, trade and conquer represents the
uncompromising vision of scientist and Artificial Intelligence expert
Jean-Christophe Baillie, founder of Novaquark and long-time science
fiction devotee. Dual Universe picked
up early momentum following a successful crowdfunding campaign, earning
over one and a half million euros in funding on both Kickstarter and
its support pack campaign. Dual Universe was
the 3rd biggest worldwide Kickstarter of 2016 for a video game and has a
vibrant community of over 11,000 backers and 2,200 in-game organization
communities.  For the latest updates visit theofficial website, and you can also follow the game on Twitter, Facebook, Reddit, and YouTube.

About Stéphane D’Astous

As
a seasoned manager and an industry pioneer, Stephane D'Astous has
worked for more than twenty years in the technology sector. Stéphane has
quickly distinguished himself for his strategic and operational
management expertise, which helped several companies to accelerate their
growth. He was Director of Operations at Ubisoft Montreal, and later
Stéphane held the position of General Manager and founder of
Eidos-Montreal studios.

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