Ubisoft is opening two new development studios in Europe this year, a move that will “strengthen its creative forces” in the region.
The first will be based in Berlin, Germany, and work closely with the Blue Byte teams in both Düsseldorf and Mainz on an unannounced AAA project. For those unaware, Blue Byte assisted in the development of Rainbow Six Siege and For Honor, two critically acclaimed games from the company in recent years. In addition, Blue Byte was also responsible for Anno 2070 and the real-time strategy series, The Settlers.
However, Ubisoft did not give away any hints to what the new mysterious project will be. Rainbow Six Siege is currently enjoying its second year of content, and is likely to continue doing so in the years to come. This is based on the ever-growing popularity of the team-based tactical shooter. However, development of a sequel would indeed take time. Only time will tell whether they are indeed working on Rainbow Six Siege 2.
The second development studio will be based in Bordeaux, France, and assist in the development of games headed by the four other studios present in the region. The development houses in Paris, Lyon, Annecy, and Montpellier have produced franchises like Just Dance, Steep, and most recently, Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Wildlands.
“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,” said Christine Burgess-Quémard, executive director of Ubisoft’s worldwide studios.
The expansion comes at a somewhat uncertain time for the French company. It is currently under threat from a possible hostile takeover by Vivendi, which has been repeatedly acquiring Ubisoft stock. Ubisoft has up to this point always been a family-run company, and it has attempted to safeguard its independence by buying back more shares and appointing independent directors.
Ubisoft is currently working on a new Assassin’s Creed game, after having taken a break from the franchise to release a more meaningful and profound installment. There are still no details on the game, but the company has stated that it will talk about it when “it is ready.”