Massive bulks up Ubisoft

French publisher scoops up Swedish developer of World in Conflict from Activision Blizzard; World in Conflict: Soviet Assault still release date-free.

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Nearly four months after Activision Blizzard said it was divesting itself of Vivendi Games assets, yet another of its former properties has been scooped up. Today, Ubisoft announced it has acquired Massive Entertainment, developers of the critically acclaimed 2007 real-time strategy title World in Conflict. Financial terms of the deal, which was not mentioned as part of Activision Blizzard's earnings last week, were not disclosed.

"Ubisoft is growing at an intense pace and our strategy is to ensure the strength of our global creative teams," said Christine Burgess-Quemard, Ubisoft's executive director of worldwide production studios, in a statement. "Massive has put together a group of some of the most confirmed and recognized creators in the industry and I know that their talent and innovation will allow them to seamlessly integrate into our worldwide network of production studios."

Said integration apparently will be seamless, as the France-based publisher explicitly mentioned "the assets and all of the personnel" of the Swedish shop. Massive, which also developed Ground Control, was named as one of the top 50 best game international studios by Game Developers Research in 2007. Its next project, World in Conflict: Soviet Assault, was to ship for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 this quarter, but was delayed after Activision put Massive up for sale in August. No new release date was mentioned in today's announcement.

Discussion

46 comments
TehEliteElite
TehEliteElite

"Ubisoft, making sure pc ports suck since...2005 I really hope that ubisoft doesnt affect the game too much. " Indeed.

arfo
arfo

A few years ago some young guy was stating developing vidi-game ,because they love it .Now some big/huge/rich companies are start buying game companies,because they love money.So whats going on..? THERE IS NO RED ALERT 2 any more ''remember westwood''

Avals
Avals

Well,better than being purchased by EA.

mach-stem
mach-stem

First EA, now UBI...I was happy with Massive/Sierra, this game is amazing, but let's just hope they aren't pressured by UBI for forced releases as they have been demonstrating the last couple games. Sigh.

oneofthefall
oneofthefall

UBISOFT are already the best in my books (or on my console) and hopefully this will open more opportunity's for them? i cant wait to see the next batch of games in 09 when these 2 Merge properly! Good luck to them

lehoang15tuoi
lehoang15tuoi

Well why is AB selling all of Vivendi assets? No profit, huh? WiC is great, but, but, but does it earn them a lot of money?

rotnem
rotnem

Myst still remains one of my favourite PC games of all time. The Ending Has Yet To Be Writin

rotnem
rotnem

Ubisoft has made some good PC games. I believe they picked up the license to Myst after the second instalment and made the next two of them, while the last game in the series went back to roots with it's parent company Cyan. I think that's how it went, can't remember too sure.

Nichols1984
Nichols1984

I Care Nothing Of This News When Is Assasins Creed Coming Out Now Thats News

RonTorque
RonTorque

I hope after that they still make GOOD PC games and not abandon them.

TehUndeadHorror
TehUndeadHorror

Hmmm... why would Activision put them up for sale in the first place...

shani_boy101
shani_boy101

Ubisoft is gonna turn into EA someday and i'm fearing for whenever that will happen. I've got 2 of the most hyped games from Ubisoft Montreal (Assassin's Creed and Far Cry 2) and seriously, they really, REALLY, R E A L L Y! need to work on improving gameplay standards. It's so bloody repetitive!!!

DukeEdwardI
DukeEdwardI

wonderful, now ubisoft is going to require them to make their games for consoles too which will direct their attention away from where the pc versions.

Gamesterpheonix
Gamesterpheonix

lol bad move Acti. I think they were retarded to get rid of such good games. So sad.

Pete5506
Pete5506

I hope this can help them out

FlashCharge
FlashCharge

There's something to be said about growing too big. Image the day when Ubisoft buys EA.

RangerG
RangerG

This is awesome!! Imagine the WiC gameplay with Endwar voice command. One word, glorious.

peeweeshift
peeweeshift

yeah i see....so where is splinter cell conviction thats all i want to know

jeffgordonfan24
jeffgordonfan24

Yeah waht Inconnux said. EA should focus on making games that don't suck, instead of buying rival studios. I wonder what changes this deal may bring.

corp-hicks1
corp-hicks1

Hopefully World in Conflict: Soviet Assault will now be released.

Inconnux
Inconnux

Atleast EA didn't buy them...

Spartan4001
Spartan4001

Maybe EndWar 2 will be a worthwhile strategy game now.

foxfire0666
foxfire0666

good catch by ubisoft, now if they also release the expansion for the pc Ill be happy

fzaynoun
fzaynoun

world in conflict is a great game, good move Ubisoft

Tremblay343
Tremblay343

So are we going to have the big three third party companies now? EA, Activision and Ubisoft?

Chief_Kuuni
Chief_Kuuni

not bad at all, hope that it works out

firedrakes
firedrakes

good they did not go under with this Blizzard thing.

Media_Mind
Media_Mind

sounds like a delicous hot ham and cheese sandwich with hot fries!!!

jazilla
jazilla

WIC rocks. I am so glad that they will be able to make great games for years to come now. way yo go Ubi!

MattF
MattF

Massive makes greats games, period. I don't know how anyone lets them get away. Smart move by Ubi.

iron_zealot7531
iron_zealot7531

@gamer082009: activision had cancelled WIC:soviet assault, if ubisoft hadn't aquired Massive there would have been no future WIC installations. So instead of cursing their name be grateful that Ubi might finally bring a new WIC game to light

iron_zealot7531
iron_zealot7531

thank god! die in a horrible fire activision, now we might actually see that Worild in Conflict sequal we've all been praying for

dual_barrel
dual_barrel

Ubisoft, why don't you buy yourself a FPS development studio and do yourself a favor.

InuHanyou1701
InuHanyou1701

Oh awesome! I like Ubisoft. Finally, someone escapes the clutches of EA!

henrynarits
henrynarits

good news, last one was published by Sierra so i think Ubisoft will make it better, thanks to EndWar they know a bit about console rts to

Dilan120
Dilan120

Very good news, Massive is a great Swedish developer and Ubisoft is a good publisher

technowiz999
technowiz999

Good to see. Good to see Acti-Bliz is liquidating that is. Anything that shows the weaknesses of that company is good news. Plus Ubisoft will do great things with Massive so this is a double win for gamers.

wackys
wackys

NOOOOOOOO goddamn Ubisoft :(

gamer082009
gamer082009

I really don't like these types of acquisitions because usually when the buying company buys another it runs the whole series into the ground. Please Ubisoft don't screw up the WIC series. Ubi is better @ 3rd person shooters than anything else.

Trooperdx3117
Trooperdx3117

Sweet my respect for Ubisoft has gone up now and it would be awesome if they gave massive the technology they use in endwar for the voice controls for World in conflict