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Ubisoft to Open Two New AAA Studios in Europe This Year

20 April 2017, 11:33 | Melissa Porter

Ubisoft to Open Two New AAA Studios in Europe This Year

Ubisoft to Open Two New AAA Studios in Europe This Year

With a decent portion of the videogame industry seemingly falling on hard times, it's always encouraging to hear that some companies are actually looking to expand.

Ubisoft is expanding its development personnel through opening two new branches located in Berlin, Germany and Bordeaux.

The Berlin outfit will collaborate with Ubisoft-owned developer Blue Byte, which worked on certain aspects of Rainbow Six Siege, on an as of yet unannounced triple-A project.

Ubisoft is opening up two new studios in Europe: one in Bordeaux, France, with the other in Berlin. Both will be focused on AAA game development for multiple platforms.

In the first year of both new studios, Ubisoft plans to hire over 100 employees across the two new offices.

The Berlin studio was initially announced on Twitter via Berlin Games Week. By opening these two new studios, Ubisoft is creating additional opportunities for local talent and adding to the expertise of its respective local teams. Ubisoft is now working on a new Assassin's Creed game, after taking a break from the franchise in 2016.

"I know what made us so successful for 30 years, is being super independent, being very autonomous", said Anne Blondel, Ubisoft's vice president of live operations, late last year.

Ubisoft Bordeaux will become the fifth French studio for the company. It'll join the existing Blue Byte studios in Düsseldorf and Mainz.

Blue Byte is well known for its Anno and Settlers strategy series and recently worked on the PC port of Ubisoft Montreal's popular game, For Honor.

What are your thoughts on these recent developments?

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