Seeking to expand global presence, Ubisoft plans to open a new studio in Stockholm, adding to its already-impressive arsenal of 10,000 employees and 30 in-house studios around the world.
On August 8, a blog entry on Ubisoft’s official corporate webpage revealed the expansion, which will be headed by Patrick Bach, former studio manager of EA DICE in Stockholm. A game developer for over seventeen years, Bach participated in the creation of games such as RalliSport Challenge 2, Battlefield 3 and 4, and Battlefield Bad Company 1 and 2. In addition, Bach oversaw the teams developing Star Wars: Battlefront, Mirror’s Edge Catalyst, and Battlefield 1.
Asked why Ubisoft chose Stockholm for its newest location, Bach said, “Stockholm is one of the great gaming hubs of the world with a huge pool of experienced and creative talent. That together with an international buzz and a great atmosphere makes Stockholm a very unique place to create amazing games.”
Stating that the studio’s focus is creating great games, Bach added that he and his team intend to work in concert with the team at Massive (Assassin’s Creed: Revelations, Far Cry 3) in Malmö, Sweden to produce AAA titles, including a newly-announced game based on James Cameron’s Avatar.
Ubisoft Entertainment SA is a French video game publisher with headquarters in Rennes, France. Founded in March of 1986 by five brothers, Ubisoft grew to become the largest distributor of video games in France by 1993 and is known for developing several acclaimed and beloved game franchises, including Assassin’s Creed and Far Cry. The reveal of this new Stockholm studio comes on the heels of an April announcement regarding the opening of Ubisoft Bordeaux in France as well as Ubisoft Berlin in Germany.
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