Earlier today, Ubisoft Montreal held a press conference, stating that it would be “its most important Quebec growth plan in 20 years!”. Although it was marketed as a fairly business oriented affair, the fact that it was streamed live on YouTube raised more than a few eyebrows.
The press conference began at around 1.45 BST, and after some shiny graphics about how good the studio was, the announcement began proper.
So besides name dropping Far Cry, For Honour and a few other high-profile titles with an adorable accent, the rest was a little harder to decipher.
Lucky, Ubisoft released an English press release to coincide with the conference. But saving you the time here are all the important bits:
Ubisoft is creating a new studio in Canada. Ubisoft Saguenay, which should be operational by January 2018. The studio is expected to have 125 employees within the next 5 years.
It seems that Ubisoft Saguenay will be geared towards online play, or, as the CEO of the Montréal, Quebec and Toronto studios, Yannis Mallat puts it:”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 video game industry as a whole”
This would be the fifth Ubisoft studio in Canada, rounding out the already existing Montreal, Toronto, Quebec and Halifax studios.
Ubisoft are also hoping to create 1,000 new jobs in the Quebec region by 2027. This will include 200 new jobs at their Quebec studio and an impressive 675 at their biggest Canadian studio, Montreal.
Saguenay, where the studio will open, is in Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean region of Quebec, according to Wikipedia, which sounds lovely. And, they’re hiring. Ubisoft is looking to fill the studio, so if you know French and can do the work, you can apply at http://saguenay.ubisoft.com/.
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