Microsoft closes Victoria game studios

Canadian studio shut down after less than two years.

Microsoft has shuttered its Victoria game studio less than two years after opening its doors, Times Colonist reports.

“This was not an easy decision, but one guided by our desire to centralize development in our Vancouver studios,” Microsoft said in a statement. “We are working closely with all employees affected by this change to identify open positions in other studios, and we remain committed to doing business in British Columbia.”

At least 30 developers are out of work as a result of the closure.

Microsoft Studios Victoria opened in early 2012. At the time, Microsoft had plans to expand the studio to as many as 150 employees over the following three years.

In its lifetime, Victoria had not shipped a single game. But it was said to be working on “the most immersive, arresting, and interactive games the world has ever seen.”

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