Ubisoft continues to grow as a company, both in terms of their gaming portfolio and their worldwide development system. The firm previously announced that Ubisoft Massive (Massive Entertainment), the team behind The Division, would be working on a new AAA Avatar game. Now, things are moving forward in a big way with news of Patrick Bach joining the company.
Not only is Bach joining Ubisoft after 15 years with EA, but he’s helping open a new studio. Ubisoft Stockholm is the new operation and will only be an hour plane flight away from Ubisoft Massive. Bach will lead the new studio, which hopes to grow to 100 people by the end of year two.
Ubisoft states the new studio will work with Massive Entertainment to create “AAA games,” which includes the Avatar game. In addition to the Avatar game, it’ll be interesting to see what other games Stockholm works on. Its new studio manager Patrick Bach talked about the big news.
“I am thrilled to be joining the Ubisoft family, where I feel I will be able to use my experience in the game industry in a new and different way. My goal has always been to create the best possible gaming experiences for players. When talking to Ubisoft about what we value most, it was clear that we share the same passion for nurturing teams’ creativity with that goal in mind,” Bach said.
Massive and Stockholm will work closely together on upcoming projects. While the Avatar game is certainly a priority, some wonder what is next for the highly successful game, The Division. Massive Entertainment managing director David Polfeldt talked about the addition of Bach to Ubisoft’s team.
“I am confident that Patrick Bach’s leadership skills, his desire to nurture the passion and creativity of the people he works with, and the attraction of Ubisoft’s renowned brands will encourage world-class talent to join Ubisoft Stockholm. The combination of these different elements will lay strong foundations for the new studio, enabling the team to focus on the quality and innovation of the games they create, and grow to become one of the best studios in the world,” Polfeldt said.
Ubisoft reckons Stockholm is a “world-leading tech region,” and a known hub for game development. Overall, Ubisoft is going to contribute 300 job opportunities to Sweden. Christine Burgess-Quémard, who is the executive director of Ubisoft’s worldwide studios, talked about the opening of Ubisoft Stockholm.
“Ubisoft Stockholm is the latest example of Ubisoft’s selective expansion in Europe and beyond, aiming to tap into high potential talent pools, and further strengthen our existing local presences. We believe that Ubisoft Stockholm will be an important pillar in this expansion, enabling us to continue to attract some of the best talent in our industry,” Burgess-Quémard said.
Stockholm and Massive are actively recruiting for new hires. Both studios are working on the upcoming Avatar game, a project that is still very early in its development stages. Ubisoft’s The Division is available now for PS4, Xbox One and PC. No official date or time frame is out there in regards to the Avatar game. Stick around here at We Write Things for more on Ubisoft.