Ubisoft is strengthening its creative forces in Europe with the announcement of two new development studios opening in Bordeaux, France, and Berlin, Germany, later this year. Harnessing the creative energies of two of Europe’s most exciting cities, these new studios will focus on AAA multiplatform development and will assist in creating new games for some of the biggest franchises in gaming. “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.
Building on established local success in France and Germany, the new studios will plug into a global network to work collaboratively with teams around the world. They will also benefit from a rich pool of local talent that “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 the development of some of our biggest franchises,” says Burgess- Quémard.
With four studios already established in Paris, Lyon, Annecy, and Montpellier, there is a strong pedigree for success in France. Bordeaux will collaborate on games whose development is led by fellow French studios, which include franchises like Just Dance, Steep, and Ghost Recon Wildlands. With a strong digital heritage and budding video game industry – and let’s not forget, world-class wine, food, and picturesque surroundings – Bordeaux is an ideal location for a development studio. Anyone interested in working with the team can head over to their new Facebook page and keep an eye out for job openings at http://jobs.ubisoft.com.
Germany is home to Blue Byte, one of the most established names in German gaming and an industry leader in PC strategy games. The team in Berlin will work closely with the BlueByte teams in both Düsseldorf and Mainz on an unannounced AAA project, and will help Ubisoft establish a presence in the German capital. The studio is looking for newcomers and industry veterans alike, as they plan to grow to around 50 people within their first 12 months. Keep up with the latest news from the BlueByte team and check job openings locally at http://jobs.ubisoft.com.
Stay tuned for all the latest updates on these two brand new studios.