Happy Canada Day everyone!
If you’re not familiar with Canadian holidays, Canada Day is essentially our nation’s birthday. We’re slightly more patriotic than usual and incredibly grateful for the day off. Actually, it’s more about the fireworks and fun events that go on throughout the day, but I’m definitely glad to have a day off from work. As I’m feeling even more proud of my country today, I figure I’d write something in keeping of the blog’s content. So, I’m going highlight three absolutely fantastic Canadian game companies. These developers in particular have created some truly amazing titles. Now, there are a lot of game developers in Canada. In fact, I will be omitting a really big player in the industry from list as it’s not one I really want to focus on. With that said, all these companies regardless of what you may think about their games are doing amazing work. The fact that they’re in this awesome country makes them even better. Without further ado (and in no particular order), here are what I think are the top three Canadian game developers.
While technically the Canadian branch of its larger French company, Ubisoft Montreal is distinct in the sense that it has made in the last 15 years some of the most beloved franchises in video games. A short list of their biggest franchises includes Assassin’s Creed, Splinter Cell, Prince of Persia, and Far Cry. Oh, and I forgot about Rainbow Six. These are series that have fans from all over the world, who are often eagerly awaiting the next title in the series. This is especially true about Assassin’s Creed, which for better or worse is now releasing a new game every year.
But one of the reasons why I want to highlight Ubisoft Montreal is their increase in their creative range. Last year, Ubisoft Montreal released Child of Light, a game that quite frankly feels like both a traditional Japanese RPG and an indie game, yet was made by this massive studio. Apart from being an amazing game; which if you haven’t played need to rectify immediately, it gets me excited knowing that Ubisoft Montreal is willing experiment and go beyond their biggest franchises to make great games. Keep up the good work.
Both the only indie developer and the youngest company on the list, Capybara Games is based in Toronto has made two of my favourite games that I’ve played this decade. Originally founded in 2003, Capybara games primarily focused on mobile development and had some fairly minor successes until they started generating hits like Critter Crunch. However it wasn’t until their release of Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP and Super Time Force that they became a big player on the indie scene.
These two games are both incredibly different and incredibly fun to play. Sword & Sworcery is a somber adventure game that wonderfully makes use of it’s mobile platform and has a fantastic story, while Super Time Force is an intense, hilarious, and difficult shooter game that definitely gets inspiration from Contra and the 80s in general.
Their title currently in development Below looks to be another great hit for the company, definitely looking forward to it.
Where do I even begin. While there are a lot of things that make me proud to be a Canadian, one of the stupider reasons is that we get to say that the great video game powerhouse that is BioWare is a Canadian company. There’s just so much amazing stuff that this company has done. They’ve made incredible games using both original IPs and licensed properties. In the latter, we have Neverwinter Nights, Baldur’s Gate, and Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic. For original IPs, we have both Dragon Age and Mass Effect.
Having created some of the best RPGs of all time, BioWare seems to have the formula down for making some truly awesome games. With the newest Mass Effect title to be released next year, the future is looking bright for BioWare. Glad you’re one of us BioWare.
These are just a few of the great companies that are based in Canada and produce great games for us to enjoy. The Canadian game industry is looking better than ever, especially as more and more indie developers get their works out for us to play. Here’s to brilliant country that also happens to make brilliant games. Now stand for the national anthem ;).