Montreal oozes art in many forms. Luckily for its native gamers, video game studios are on the cutting edge of the art scene. From AAA titles to indie games, Montreal is putting out some of the most important video games on the market today.
While many industries in Montreal (and Quebec in general) are fading away, video game development is a serious bright spot for the city. Pairing talented artists with a city full of inspiration can lead to some pretty epic results. Here's a look at a few upcoming titles we cannot wait to get our hands on.
1. Assassin's Creed: Syndicate
The ninth installment in a legendary series. Now with Victorian-era London as a backdrop, Assassin's Creed: Syndicate is sure to bring more parkour, stealth and swordplay into our lives. The renderings of English architecture look incredible, we can't wait to get gritty clambering up and down coal darkened walls. Here's a preview of the "Rooks" in action.
2. For Honor
Hack and slash is getting a big-time revamp courtesy of Ubisoft Montreal. This game brings three distinct factions (Samurai, Knights & Vikings) into conflict on medieval battlefields. With beautiful art and revolutionary mechanics we can see this title becoming a huge hit. Even though there's little more than a few trailers out there, the concept and execution of the pre-alpha footage is polished enough where this looks like it could be a gem. Check out the world premiere trailer here.
3. Deus Ex: Mankind Divided
A product of Square Enix's Eidos Montreal studio, Deus Ex: Mankind Divided will continue the story of Adam Jensen in a darker timeline. Humanity will be put to the test and we can assume Adam's choices will be all that holds the world in balance. The last game featured Montreal's skyline prominently and even took us under the Olympic stadium; it should be exciting to see if Montreal makes another appearance in this game. What we can see for sure in the trailer is a whole lot of augmented awesome.
Unlike the three big name titles above, Kôna is a work of art conceived by indie developers. It was successfully crowdfunded, mainly by a Canadian audience! This game is not only made right here at home but will feature a story line set in northern Quebec. Which is why we couldn't resist adding it to the list, but alas this game is being developed Quebec. A wintertime investigation into vandalism at a manor gets creepy when a whole town disappears. This game is obviously a labour of love, even the ads and billboards that appear in early screenshots are carefully stylized to match the era and feel of the game. Investigation + snowmobiles: Yes please.
5. We Happy Few
This is one of those games that's hard to describe. So I strongly suggest you watch the trailer. Something about it just gives me the creeps.