Ubisoft adding 100 jobs to Quebec City studio

Assassin's Creed publisher plans to add jobs over the course of three years as part of a $25 million investment supported by $450,000 from the Quebec government.

Ubisoft has announced that it plans to add 100 jobs at its Quebec City studio over the course of the next three years as part of a $25 million investment. Ubisoft's investment, supported by $460,000 from the Quebec government, will allow the developer to "strengthen its infrastructure" and "take the lead" on development of AAA next-generation games, the publisher said.

The Ubisoft Quebec studio, which already employs 320 people, opened in 2005 and has collaborated on games in the Might & Magic, Prince of Persia, and Assassin's Creed franchises. Most recently, the company lent a hand to Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag and its Freedom Cry expansion.

"We are proud to accompany Ubisoft in its growth in Quebec. Interactive entertainment is an important vector for the economy in the Quebec City region, and helps to promote Quebec's savoir-faire on an international level," Quebec Premier Pauline Marois said in a statement.

In September, Ubisoft announced a wider investment of $373 million, also supported by local government, for the creation of 500 new jobs in Quebec by 2020. And a month later, the Quebec government announced a multimillion dollar investment to add 100 new jobs to Batman: Arkham Origins developer WB Games Montreal.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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Discussion

47 comments
Łukasz Kucharzewski
Łukasz Kucharzewski

Anthony i don't want to worry you but having 50 gta5 photos is just weird as hell

Umad Bro
Umad Bro

We need more at Montreal

Anthony Pungitore
Anthony Pungitore

yeah ok i didnt exactly mean pump out, I meant make sure they are as perfect as can be then release them like they have been doing

Sepp Eichinnger
Sepp Eichinnger

right. they shouldn't just pump games out. that would lead to quality decrease, wich we can already see in ac. the series is very poor in innovations: every game feels the same to me, only changes are maybe graphics and setting, but the gameplay is always the same. that's a justified critic for me, because if the gamers just ask always for the same old thing, it's really bad for the industry, because then there will come nothing new and innovative.

Alexander Allez Sundberg
Alexander Allez Sundberg

I think Carlos mean't that games of the same series should be processed until prfection, not be "pumped out". Which I agree with.

Ramon Terrell
Ramon Terrell

Right there with you, Anthony. I enjoy the games too, and don't judge people who like what I dont.

Minh Tong
Minh Tong

Hoàng Nguyễn Cao some good news for you :D

Anthony Pungitore
Anthony Pungitore

why pick on me for, what you want another COD or Battlefield?

DarthLod
DarthLod

More AC games to milk the franchise even dryer. "face palm"

Robert Madsen
Robert Madsen

I can see the pitfall of all of this game prices going up

Kelton Hallo
Kelton Hallo

Joshua Hall, maybe once your course is finished ;)

Vivek Sharma
Vivek Sharma

Good now can u finally give me some new SC Blacklist DLC ?

Orlando Oropeza
Orlando Oropeza

i'll be applying. i wounder if they'll pay me for my flight mileage every day.

Zachary Collins
Zachary Collins

This was big news a few days ago... way to keep up GS :D

Steven Simmons
Steven Simmons

Because someone was afraid there wouldnt be a new ac game every single year...

Raphy_Turtle
Raphy_Turtle

Great way to spend our taxpayers money... How about fixing that 300M dept to the Federal government instead?
My only issue with Ubisoft being centralized in Montreal (though I much rather they be here than Quebec City) is that during development they always tend to hire local voice actors to do important roles in their games who have very perceivable french ''Quebecois'' accents when they shouldn't and it just ruins the immersion sometimes. It wasn't the case much in Black Flag, but in AC3...Christ, they had guys with the worse french accents voicing the American Patriots. The founding fathers for f*ck's sake! Even as a Canadian it felt so wrong. Anyway it's not just Ubisoft who is guilty of this, Eidos in the upcoming Thief has a similar issue. From the trailer alone, I caught 2 distinctive Quebec accents voicing what will likely some of the main characters, on top of Garrett's original voice actor being gone for lazy mo-cap work reasons, this will damage the story immersion of the game. Now with a Quebec City office for Ubi, you can bet whatever game gets developed or co-developed over there, we will get some bad voice acting in whatever games they work on because of this obsession over hiring local (big quote unquote) ''Talent''.

pszone
pszone

they going to milk AC even harder.

Tylermaxx
Tylermaxx

Vancouver has EA, which everyone loves to hate...

Eric_P
Eric_P

It's really nice to live in Quebec city when you hear such great news like that!!  Even better we buy great games that are made locally!!  The only downside is those 100 new employees are going to discover -22 degree C. on days like today if they don't already live in Quebec :)  


Congrats Ubisoft !!

alexkid09
alexkid09

they are  adding  people for those 2 game/projets they got from THQ 1666 and Underdog i imagine they want to use those in the near future so could be at e3

obsequies
obsequies

blood dragon was the best "dlc" I've played since counter-strike. Just shits down cods neck. For the amount of people living in canada there have been some great games. Boring winters

pyro1245
pyro1245

Are they gonna make more AssCreed games?

NickCanadian
NickCanadian

Three years? sweet my course im taking finishes in two, can I take a number? :P lol 

pozium
pozium

how can i apply? maybe i might finally help ubi fix assassins creed games

speedycerv1
speedycerv1

Ok, not sure cuz Canada. But a government investing millions just for a hundred jobs in a video game company sounds like a waste.

b74kd3th
b74kd3th

Nice hopefully this becomes a trend

Raven_Naobi
Raven_Naobi

@speedycerv1It's Ubisoft that made the multimillion dollar investment. The government only chipped in $460,000.


Learn to read guy...

Morphine_OD
Morphine_OD

@speedycerv1 tell that Take Two and their investors. I think they'll happily listen to you while counting their revenue from GTA5.

thebigo3d
thebigo3d

@b74kd3th your all alone here. I wonder why Quebec has all of the game studios? I wish the Ontario government was making the same deal so a development studio popped up in my neck of the woods.

speedycerv1
speedycerv1

@Burniz @speedycerv1  It's not. I'm emphasizing that millions for a couple hundred jobs doesn't seem like an postive flow of money.


From the article:

In September, Ubisoft announced a wider investment of $373 million, also supported by local government, for the creation of 500 new jobs in Quebec by 2020

woodyfr
woodyfr

@thebigo3d There's Rockstar Toronto. Also some smaller studios like Drinkbox or Digital Leisure.

Burniz
Burniz

@thebigo3d @b74kd3th a lot of good games were made in quebec!!! think about far cry 3, assassins creed, etc. There's a lot of potential!!!