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Ubisoft is tying the future of Assassin’s Creed to its development studio in Quebec, and it is spending the money to beef up its operations there.
The French publisher announced today that it will spend $4 million to provide new tech and equipment for its Quebec-based developer. The developer is moving into a new building in the St-Roch neighborhood. Ubisoft Quebec will also act as lead developer on a future Assassin’s Creed game. This expansion will also come with government support. Quebec will spend $500,000 to help update Ubisoft’s new facilities.
Today’s expansion comes in addition to the $28 million Ubisoft already announced that it had invested in its Quebec studio in January. At that time, the developer revealed plans to hire 100 additional employees by the end of 2016. Ubisoft says it has already hired more than 50 of the planned 100.
“We’re glad to be staying in Quebec City, in St-Roch, a neighborhood bursting with creativity and which we have called home for the last 10 years,” Ubisoft Quebec managing director Nicolas Rioux said in a statement. “Our team is very attached to this techno-cultural hub, which the City of Quebec has built up over the years.”
Ubisoft Quebec currently employs 350 people. With today’s investment, Ubisoft also plans to keep its studio in Quebec’s St-Roch for at least the next 14 years.
“With a creative team of over 350 talented members, we are one of Ubisoft‘s flagship studios in the creation of the highest-quality online, connected, and mobile gaming worlds,” said Rioux. “We have many years of experience on major Ubisoft franchises such as Prince of Persia, Heroes of Might & Magic, Watch Dogs, and Assassin’s Creed. We are thrilled that we will be heading up one of the next episodes of this major Ubisoft brand.”
Assassin’s Creed: Unity is the next entry in the long-running open-world adventure series. Ubisoft Montreal is leading developer with support from Quebec.