Rockstar Toronto being shut down

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Rockstar Toronto being shut down

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Rockstar to close Max Payne 3 developer

The developer of Max Payne 3 is to be 'dissolved' by owner Rockstar Games, although a key team will be kept on and moved to a new studio in Canada.

Max Payne 3 is set to be the last game ever from Rockstar Vancouver, the same team behind Bully/Canis Canem Edit. Rockstar Games has announced that the studio will be closed and a core team of 35-staff combined with Rockstar Toronto - before both are moved to a new Canadian studio in Ontario.

Although most publishers would've been extremely envious of Max Payne 3's critical and commercial success the reviews were less unanimous in their praise than for most Rockstar games, and the 3 million copies so far shipped was not as many as last year's L.A. Noire.

Bully, which is our favourite of their two games, had a similar reception but how much this played into Rockstar's decision, rather than just wanting to set up a new, larger studio, is unclear.

Although they helped out with Max Payne 3, and did the PC and Wii versions of games like Grand Theft Auto IV and Bully, it's not since 2005's The Warriors that Rockstar Toronto has made a new game entirely on its own.

According to website Gamastura, once the two teams are settled in at the new Ontario studio they'll also be getting another 50 new staff on top of that - which suggests to us that they're staffing up for a major new project.

We'd be surprised though if it turned out to be a continuation of either Bully or Max Payne.
So not all doom and gloom for the staff who are being repositioned, and there's likely to have been a fair few personnel changes since 2005, but it's quite possible that many of those who worked on The Warriors game are now losing their jobs.

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