KRAFTON to open its first Canadian AAA game studio in Montréal

Montréal Studio will hire 150 people in the next 3 years to work on a new IP based on a fantasy novel series!

KRAFTON Inc, a collective of independent game development studios is opening its first Canadian AAA game studio, which is based in Montréal, Quebec. Patrik Méthé, a well-known figure in the gaming industry with more than 20 years of experience in leadership on some of the most well-known franchises in the world, will serve as the studio’s director.

Methé has already hired a group of seasoned business professionals, including Benoit Frappier as producer, Frédéric Duroc as game director, and Martin Paradis as technology director. In the upcoming three years, the company plans to hire 150 people for important areas. These areas include animation, programming, and head of HR.

KRAFTON Montréal Studio will adapt the fantasy novel series ‘The Bird That Drinks Tears’ as its first project

The Bird That Drinks Tears, a renowned fantasy novel series written and published by Yeong-do Lee, will be the first production from KRAFTON Montréal Studio. He is generally regarded as the father of the Korean fantasy genre. Mr. Lee is a very inventive writer who creates complex characters and complicated universes. He is one of the best-selling fantasy authors in Korea.

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For the past 20 years, readers have adored The Bird That Drinks Tears for its intricate universe and three-dimensional characters. It narrates the story of four races, Humans, Leckorn, Dokkaebis, and Nagas. It is distinguished by its distinctive settings and characters that delicately incorporate both the East and the West.

KRAFTON has been working to expand The Bird That Drinks Tears IP since 2021 by illustrating the story’s world and protagonists. In particular, the art book that was created in November 2022 to mark the serialization of The Bird That Drinks Tears for the twentieth time reached the top of the weekly selling list of the biggest Korean Internet booksellers within four days of pre-sale.

Montréal Studio has hired experienced talents from around the world

“We are excited to launch our first Canadian AAA studio in Montréal. It is one of the best places in the world for making video games. We hope that many of the excellent local pool of creative and specialized skills will join our team we have found a wonderful leader in Patrik who has a wealth of expertise in taking brands to new heights, and KRAFTON Montréal Studio will be our third studio in North America,” says CH Kim, CEO of KRAFTON, Inc.

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“Our team currently consists of seasoned professionals with a history of winning games. Our shared objective is to provide the best novel adaptation possible while giving players a top-notch experience. I’ve loved medieval fantasy since I was a teenager. Therefore, I’m thrilled to make an ambitious and enduring game based on one of my favorite works of fiction. Our excitement at joining the KRAFTON family is unmatched,” said Patrik Méthé, Head of Studio at the KRAFTON Montréal Studio.

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