Ubisoft Strengthen In Quebec
In order to affirm its dominance, Ubisoft) plans to invest $28 million Canadian Dollars over the next 3 years. The aim of this is to create 100 new jobs at its Quebec City Studios. Providing funding like this will strengthen the infrastructure, which will allow hiring of new talent, so that it can focus on developing AAA next-gen titles.
The Canadian government thinks it is a good idea too, as they are contributing just over $500,000 Canadian Dollars thanks to the ESSOR program. Ubisoft has been developing state-of-the-art technologies since 2005 and this includes online, connected and mobile gaming universes. The studio has collaborated on various games like Assassin's Creed, Might and Magic and the Prince of Persia series.
Ubisoft co-founder and CEO, Yves Guillemot said the following:
"We're pleased to be reinforcing our presence and our expertise in Quebec City with the help of the government. Ubisoft is home to more than 9,000 talented team members worldwide who are dedicated to creating the best games in the industry. Our Quebec City studio has demonstrated its ability to manage large-scale projects and it is a natural progression to entrust the team with the production of AAA next-gen games."
Whilst Managing Director and Vice President of Ubisoft Quebec, Nicolas Rioux, added:
"Since the studio opened its doors, we've worked on almost 25 games, and our team of more than 320 talented people is recognized for its creativity and innovation. This investment will enable the studio to take the lead on the development of AAA next-gen games"
Whilst Quebec's Prime Minister Pauline Marois said:
"We are proud to accompany Ubisoft in its growth in Quebec. Interactive entertainment is an important vector for the economy in the Quebec City region, and helps to promote Quebec's savoir-faire on an international level.
"We are delighted that the government is supporting Ubisoft's development as the company plays an important role in Quebec City" said Quebec City mayor, Régis Labeaume. "This announcement will definitely help to maintain the vitality of the interactive entertainment industry here in Quebec."
Let us all hope that this now means that Ubisoft will be producing some quality AAA titles over the next few years. And that titles like The Division will actually be good, and not just released half completed, waiting for a massive patch to make the final game complete.