Funcom, famous for their successful MMO project, “Age of Conan: Hyborian Adventures,” today announced the opening of a brand new studio in Montreal, marking the companie’s determined effort to reach the North American audience.

Funcom cites “tapping into the excellent talent pool in the region” as a major deciding factor for the opening, but really, come on now, we know it’s all about the beer, hockey, and bacon..right?

Workers at the new locale, including high-ranking “key personnel” are reportedly working on two projects, both continuing support for Age of Conan, and also creating another MMO, The Secret World, which is being shown at PAX this weekend.

Here’s what Funcom CEO Todd Arne Aas had to say regarding the ribbon-cutter move:

“Montreal has established itself as one of the world’s most important locations for video game production, and we are looking forward to taking part in that success. In addition to strengthening our North American presence, the new studio will take advantage of the great incentive programs offered by the Quebec region, incentives that makes Montrƒ©al one of the most cost effective locations in the world for developing MMO games. This will in turn allow us to better balance our costs, making it possible for us to continue to expand our investments into the MMO segment.”

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