What is already one of the biggest publishers in the gaming industry today, Ubisoft is now getting even bigger. The company announced it is opening two new studios located in Bordeaux, France and Berlin, Germany. Each studio will assist in the creating of new AAA games for the firm’s biggest brands, according to Ubisoft.
Ubisoft is expecting to add at least 100 new developers across Ubisoft Bordeaux and Ubisoft Berlin within the first year of operation. Both locations will work as part of the collaborative network of Ubisoft’s worldwide studios. Ubisoft already has four studios in France and two in Germany, and now Berlin and Bordeaux join the mix.
E3 2017 would be a good place to learn which game each studio is actively working on, though some indication was given by Ubisoft. Christine Burgess-Quémard, who is the executive director of Ubisoft’s worldwide studios, spoke about the news regarding Ubisoft Bordeaux and Ubisoft Berlin.
“We pride ourselves on attracting and retaining the best creative talent around the world, and on establishing video games as a viable career option and economic contributor in new locales. Opening new studios in both France and Germany enables us to offer more opportunities to skilled graduates and industry veterans in those regions, who in turn will help our highly-skilled teams in development of some of our biggest franchises,” Burgess-Quémard said.
Ubisoft Bordeaux will report to Xavier Poix, who is the managing director of Ubisoft’s French studios. Julien Mayeux is the studio manager of Ubisoft Bordeaux. Julien’s team will collaborate on games like Just Dance, Steep and Ghost Recon Wildlands.
Ubisoft Berlin will report to Benedikt Grindel, who is the studio manager of Ubisoft Blue Byte. Berlin’s team will work with Blue Byte on “an unannounced project from within one of Ubisoft’s most popular AAA” brands. It’s fair to expect that game to be PC-focused, given Blue Byte’s past work on The Settlers and Anno. The company expects Ubisoft Berlin to grow to 50 people by the end of its first year.
Ubisoft’s upcoming announced games are a bit unknown at the moment. Gamers know about South Park: The Fractured But Whole, however, there’s no release date for the game yet. Expect E3 2017 and the days before to be when Ubisoft makes a slew of major new game announcements. Among them will hopefully be the rumored Assassin’s Creed Empire, and maybe even Far Cry 5. Stick around here at We Write Things for more on Ubisoft.