Tencent is planning to open a new 3A-level studio in North America, led by industry veteran Scott Warner,media reported. Scott Warner has extensive experience in developing 3A games, having served as design director for Halo 4 at 343, as a game director for EA Visceral, and as game director at Ubisoft’s San Francisco studio.
Warner tweeted on the 16th of this month that he would be the director of Tencent’s North American 3A gaming studio, which is currently bringing in talent at all levels.
In an interview with the Wall Street Journal last November, Tencent made it clear that it wanted to expand from China, with one goal targeting console players in the U.S. and Europe: “We want to use Nintendo’s characters to create console games and learn the nature of console games from Nintendo engineers.” “
But the article, which is not available, has been unable to be reached, with industry insider Daniel Ahmad clarifying that Scott Warner actually joined Tencent Tianmei Studios as the studio’s new director and developing a 3A game project. Tencent Tianmei Studios has an office in California, and the team in the U.S. is recently recruiting talent to develop “Baoke Dream”-related games.
Founded in 2008, Tencent’s Tianmei Studios has developed “Glory of the King,” “Call of Duty Mobile Game” and the upcoming “Baoke Dream” joint game. In addition to these, Tencent’s Tianmei Studios is also looking to develop an original IP with global appeal to develop a strong global presence.
It is worth mentioning that a recent kojima studio veteran, Ichiro Ichiro, has also left to join Tencent’s European headquarters in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.