Ubisoft Announces New Saguenay Studio

Ubisoft has announced in a press release the creation of a new studio in Montréal‏, Ubisoft Saguenay. The new studio is part of a larger push by Ubisoft in the region, and will see the creation of 125 jobs within 5 years. 

You can read more information in the official press release below:

Saguenay, Sept. 5, 2017 — Today, the Co-Founder and CEO of Ubisoft, Yves Guillemot, the CEO of the Ubisoft Montréal, Quebec and Toronto studios, Yannis Mallat, and the Managing Director of Ubisoft Saguenay, Jimmy Boulianne, announced plans for the next phase of the company’s expansion in the Province of Quebec.

This announcement took place in the presence of the Prime Minister of Quebec, Mr. Philippe Couillard, the Minister of Finance, Mr. Carlos Leitão, as well as the Mayor of Saguenay and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Promotion Saguenay, Mr. Jean Tremblay.

Ubisoft is focusing on significantly increasing its regional operations with the creation of the Ubisoft Saguenay studio in early 2018. Online services and technologies are one of the videogame industry’s main growth and innovation drivers, and Ubisoft Saguenay will be dedicated continuing to develop expertise in this area within the company. The studio should grow to 125 employees within 5 years, which represents direct regional investments from Ubisoft of $135M by 2027.

“We are entrusting Ubisoft Saguenay with a mandate that is resolutely focused on the future. The development of connected experiences that allow millions of players to meet and interact on online game platforms is a leading growth and innovation driver not only for Ubisoft, but for the entire videogame industry as a whole,” said Mallat.

Ubisoft also intends to pursue its regional expansion and open another studio in the Province of Quebec by 2027.

Ubisoft Reveals Their Gamescom Lineup

The following Ubisoft titles will be playable at this year's Gamescom event:

  • Assassin’s Creed Origins
  • Far Cry 5
  • Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle
  • South Park: The Fractured but Whole
  • The Crew 2
  • Rainbow Six Siege
  • For Honor

Ubisoft gets a new logo

What do you think of their new logo? I actually like it a lot!

I've also put a comparison image with all of Ubisoft's past logos after the break.

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Ubisoft Dates Their E3 2017 Press Conference

E3 is right around the corner, and most of the big players have announced their plans for the big show. Ubisoft had been taking their sweet time, but have now announced a date of Monday, June 12th at 4:00PM ET.

Read on for a list of all the Playstation relevant press conference times for this year:

June 10th

  • 12:00 p.m. PT / 3:00 p.m. ET – Electronic Arts (EA Play 2017)

June 11

  • 7:00 p.m. PT / 10:00 p.m. ET – Bethesda Softworks

June 12

  • 1:00 p.m. PT / 4:00 p.m. ET – Ubisoft
  • 6:00 p.m. PT / 9:00 p.m. ET – Sony Interactive Entertainment

PS Store - Ubisoft and Santa Monica sales now live

I've posted some highlights below, but be sure to check out the full sale at the source link!

  • God of War Collection - $3.74
  • Journey Collector's Edition - $12.49
  • Escape Plan - $6.99
  • Ghost Recon: Wildlands - $44.99
  • The Division - $19.99
  • Rayman Legends - $13.99

The Crew Hits 12 Million Player Milestone

Coming from Ubisoft:

Two years after its release, The Crew keeps on welcoming new drivers in its huge open world. Over 12 million players have taken the great American road trip so far, playing more than tens of thousands of years’ worth of in-game hours and taking over 30,000 in-game pictures daily.

Does anyone else think it's weird that Ubisoft is still talking about this game?

Ubisoft teasing something on Facebook (UPDATE)

Ubisoft has posted the above image to their Facebook page, along with the caption "An island we never really left". As I understand it, this is the island from Far Cry 3. So it seems possible that they could be gearing up to announce a sequel. dBut with E3 right around the corner, we should know for sure very soon!

UPDATE - Gameinformer reached out to Ubisoft who has said this is not a tease for anything. So I guess there is nothing to see here folks!

Ubisoft opens two new studios

The official press release:

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.

Ubisoft Berlin

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.

Ubisoft Bordeaux 

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.

A couple of Ubisoft DLC Trailers

Both Watch Dogs 2 and Ghost Recon Wildlands received DLC/Patch trailers today, so I just put them in one post. Enjoy!