In addition to Ubisoft Odesa and Ubisoft Mumbai, Ubisoft has opened its third new studio in the past few weeks.
The new studio, Ubisoft Winnipeg, will be headed up by Far Cry 5 producer Darryl Long. “There’s a very specific and complementary mandate for the studio, which is that we want to contribute to the development of the big AAA brands–like Assassin’s Creed, Far Cry, and Watch Dogs–specifically in the area of building open worlds,” Long told GamesIndustry.biz.
Ubisoft is planning to have a team of 100 at the freshly-minted Canadian studio within the next five years.
Ubisoft Winnipeg will be a studio focused on making Ubisoft’s open-world games better. “Our goal in Winnipeg is to do the research and development on the processes, the pipeline and the tools, to put the investment in to making them as efficient as possible, and ultimately increase the quality of the open worlds we’re producing for our games,” Long explained. “So we’ll be working hand-in-hand with the other Canadian studios to develop their AAA brands, and specifically their open worlds.”
In March, Ubisoft opened studios in Mumbai, India and Odesa, Ukraine. In addition, the publisher purchased Brawlhalla developer Blue Mammoth Games.
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