The creators of the Just Cause franchise and Rage 2 have acquired a Montreal-based studio and are using that opportunity to expand their offices.
Swedish-based Avalanche Studios bought Monster Closet, a development studio that opened up in 2021. That team was put together by a number of former Ubisoft employees and industry veterans such as Graeme Jennings (GTA 3) and JC Guyot (Rayman 2).
The devs were a little too new to launch a game of their own, but if their past experience is any indication, the indie studio could be a great addition to the Avalanche Studios lineup. Of course, that’s as long as the employees are still a part of the staff.
The release about the acquisition reads in part: “Montreal is the company’s fifth location following Stockholm, New York City, Malmö, and Liverpool. The full force of Monster Closet’s developers has now been integrated into Avalanche Studios Group’s existing teams, joining the development of current and future IPs.”
Jennings adds, “We share the same passion for our craft and for creating great games. Not to speak about our common values around people, inclusion, collaboration, and making sure all voices are heard.”
Most recently, Avalanche employees banded together and joined the Swedish trade union Unionen. The 100+ workers have been at the table negotiating a deal for the last couple of weeks.
Avalanche Studios is currently working on their next big title, Contraband. The “smugglers co-op” game is being devloped alongside Microsoft Game Studios and is slated to release on PC and Xbox Game Pass. A set release date has not been announced.