Jade Raymond heading up Ubisoft Toronto

Assassin's Creed II executive producer to be in charge of French publisher's new Canadian studio--and its $226 million government grant.

In July, Ubisoft announced it was opening a new studio in Toronto, Canada's largest city. At the time, Ubisoft Montreal CEO Yannis Mallat was named as the head of the new shop, its fourth studio in Canada. Today, though, the French publisher announced Jade Raymond, executive producer of the forthcoming Assassin's Creed II, will be in charge.

Executive producer Raymond is about to get even more executive.

In a statement, both Mallat and Raymond expressed enthusiasm for the arrangement, with the latter even dropping some clues about the studio's mission. "I'm looking forward to building a strong and talented team to work on AAA games and new intellectual properties," said Raymond.

Ubisoft Toronto certainly has the resources to create new top-tier franchises, as it is getting C$263 million ($226 million) in financial backing from the Canadian government. Over the next 10 years, the studio plans on hiring around 800 employees, and will open its doors later this year. In accordance with Ubisoft's post-Tom Clancy-buyout pan-entertainment strategy, Ubisoft Toronto will also work on comics, films, and books related to its game projects.

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burn6
burn6

hottie Ms. Raymond to lead a gaming branch sure is a great move for the studio and for the players of Ubisoft games, now that is great strategy and marketing!

burn6
burn6

hottie Ms. Raymond to lead a gaming branch sure is a great move for the studio and for the players of Ubisoft games, now that is great strategy and marketing!

burn6
burn6

hottie Ms. Raymond to lead a gaming branch sure is a great move for the studio and for the players of Ubisoft games, now that is great strategy and marketing!

Excedra
Excedra

Shes so freakin hot, AAAAAGHHHH

Excedra
Excedra

Shes so freakin hot, AAAAAGHHHH

Excedra
Excedra

Shes so freakin hot, AAAAAGHHHH

TheMrFraz
TheMrFraz

Connecting to a 360 controller to overcome the arrogance of Microsoft. Thumbs up to Nyko!

TheMrFraz
TheMrFraz

Connecting to a 360 controller to overcome the arrogance of Microsoft. Thumbs up to Nyko!

TheMrFraz
TheMrFraz

Connecting to a 360 controller to overcome the arrogance of Microsoft. Thumbs up to Nyko!

Luvythicus
Luvythicus

"treytakahashi I love the wii kit Mii wants the wii kit!" WOW, SOMEBODY MADE A "Mii want" JOKE! HOW ORIGINAL! HAHA! HAHA!... NO *Yawn* It's original, but useless, if you ask me... -_-'

Luvythicus
Luvythicus

"treytakahashi I love the wii kit Mii wants the wii kit!" WOW, SOMEBODY MADE A "Mii want" JOKE! HOW ORIGINAL! HAHA! HAHA!... NO *Yawn* It's original, but useless, if you ask me... -_-'

Luvythicus
Luvythicus

"treytakahashi I love the wii kit Mii wants the wii kit!" WOW, SOMEBODY MADE A "Mii want" JOKE! HOW ORIGINAL! HAHA! HAHA!... NO *Yawn* It's original, but useless, if you ask me... -_-'

alex_the_javo
alex_the_javo

Aha the wii party kit looks likea wicked buy. Im down with it.

alex_the_javo
alex_the_javo

Aha the wii party kit looks likea wicked buy. Im down with it.

alex_the_javo
alex_the_javo

Aha the wii party kit looks likea wicked buy. Im down with it.

serious99sam
serious99sam

cool wii kit but what is connected to the 360 controller?

serious99sam
serious99sam

cool wii kit but what is connected to the 360 controller?

serious99sam
serious99sam

cool wii kit but what is connected to the 360 controller?

Lifeservant7
Lifeservant7

I must have that party station or whatever o.o

Lifeservant7
Lifeservant7

I must have that party station or whatever o.o

Lifeservant7
Lifeservant7

I must have that party station or whatever o.o

DFTricks
DFTricks

That kinda weird but also interesting, they should of come out with it when MP8 came out.

DFTricks
DFTricks

That kinda weird but also interesting, they should of come out with it when MP8 came out.

DFTricks
DFTricks

That kinda weird but also interesting, they should of come out with it when MP8 came out.

Whitesilver
Whitesilver

nykos 360 cooler sucks, it robs power.. get a stand with a seperate ac outlet plug in, i found my 360 got just as hot with it

Whitesilver
Whitesilver

nykos 360 cooler sucks, it robs power.. get a stand with a seperate ac outlet plug in, i found my 360 got just as hot with it

Whitesilver
Whitesilver

nykos 360 cooler sucks, it robs power.. get a stand with a seperate ac outlet plug in, i found my 360 got just as hot with it

f15srcool
f15srcool

HATEtheSTUPID ------------------------------------- I don't want to be mean, but start hating yourself.

f15srcool
f15srcool

HATEtheSTUPID ------------------------------------- I don't want to be mean, but start hating yourself.

f15srcool
f15srcool

HATEtheSTUPID ------------------------------------- I don't want to be mean, but start hating yourself.

grafkhun
grafkhun

wow msoft just let NYko release the wireless controller, that frontman system looks stupid. the ps3 controller is pretty slick and the wii station is a good idea.

grafkhun
grafkhun

wow msoft just let NYko release the wireless controller, that frontman system looks stupid. the ps3 controller is pretty slick and the wii station is a good idea.

grafkhun
grafkhun

wow msoft just let NYko release the wireless controller, that frontman system looks stupid. the ps3 controller is pretty slick and the wii station is a good idea.

HATEtheSTUPID
HATEtheSTUPID

can Anyone go to E3??? where and when is it??? I want to go???

HATEtheSTUPID
HATEtheSTUPID

can Anyone go to E3??? where and when is it??? I want to go???

HATEtheSTUPID
HATEtheSTUPID

can Anyone go to E3??? where and when is it??? I want to go???

Destman
Destman

I'll say it again, water & other liquids will ruin your controllers. It is a very bad idea to have any liquids of any sort next to your $240 worth of Wii Controllers. They are not water proof & will get easily ruined if in contact with water.

Destman
Destman

I'll say it again, water & other liquids will ruin your controllers. It is a very bad idea to have any liquids of any sort next to your $240 worth of Wii Controllers. They are not water proof & will get easily ruined if in contact with water.

Destman
Destman

I'll say it again, water & other liquids will ruin your controllers. It is a very bad idea to have any liquids of any sort next to your $240 worth of Wii Controllers. They are not water proof & will get easily ruined if in contact with water.