Ubisoft breaking ground in Toronto

Canadian government invests C$263 million in publisher's newest game-, film-oriented studio opening in late 2009; expects to hire 800 staff over next 10 years.

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Ubisoft may be headquartered in France, but the publisher has made its name on the back of its Canadian studios. Easily the publisher's largest in-house studio, Ubisoft Montreal's recent credits include Prince of Persia, Far Cry 2, and Assassin's Creed II. (It is also working on Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Conviction, which was shown off at last month's Electronic Entertainment Expo.) Montreal is also the home of Hybride Technologies, the special effects studio behind such films as Legendary Pictures' 300 and Ubisoft's vehicle for becoming "a full media company."

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Today, Ubisoft announced that its Canadian presence would expand even further, announcing in conjunction with the Ontario government the formation of a new development studio in Toronto. With the help of a C$263 million ($226 million) investment by the Canadian government, Ubisoft plans to staff up the Toronto studio with some 800 employees over the next 10 years. Ubisoft Toronto expects to begin operations by late 2009.

Yannis Mallat, current CEO of Ubisoft Montreal, has been appointed to also head up Ubisoft Toronto. Speaking during a press conference announcing the studio's formation, Mallat noted that the new Toronto studio will be modeled after Ubisoft Montreal, and the two teams will collaborate on unspecified upcoming titles. Ubisoft Toronto will also play a role in Ubisoft's expansion into other entertainment media, including books, comics, and short films.

Ubisoft Toronto marks the fourth Ubisoft-owned development studio in Canada. In addition to Ubisoft Montreal, the publisher has studios in Quebec City and Vancouver and employs more than 2,300 developers in the United States' northern neighbor.

Discussion

70 comments
chappy_man
chappy_man

looks good, growth in Ontario is a nice thing

jinzo9988
jinzo9988

Good news for me. I'm in Toronto and I just graduated as a programmer specializing in game development. I -don't- have to move to California to get a job at a big and reputable studio anymore. Not an immediate goal but something to look at for the future once I get my foot in the door of the game development industry... unless of course they have internship positions or whatever, then I'd be all over that ASAP.

NuKkU
NuKkU

Go Ubisoft i really like them :D

SWIFFT
SWIFFT

In the next ten years the entire game industry is going to move all studios to Canada because of the amazing tax breaks they are getting. And once all the business is happening in Canada, the tax breaks will disappear.

Inconnux
Inconnux

@ Un4givingAsault lol I am Canadian, and there is nothing that unites Canada like the hatred of Toronto...

onthe_dl
onthe_dl

i know where my resume is going right after my last year of school

Excedra
Excedra

Oh my gosh UBISOFT ROCKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

FLiPMaSTa1
FLiPMaSTa1

Moatatatareque, go to Sheridan Tech, they have the best art/animation courses in Ontario hands down.

moatartareque
moatartareque

THANK GOD i am planning to be a concept artist in the future. right now im in grade ten and dont know what college to go to. and didnt know where to work at. i knew there was a rockstar toronto but that was it but thank god ubisoft is in my city IM DEF GONNA WORK THERE.

Genexi2
Genexi2

About time a recognized studio makes a movement into my province. 3 more years of college and off I go to apply for character rigging and animating....

jamesh-42
jamesh-42

Having a studio in Toronto probably makes it easier to bring in foreign specialists. If you are trying to get a work visa in Montreal, you'll need to show that you can speak French. To get the same visa in Toronto, you need to show you can speak either English or French. Either visa gives the right to work in either location.

firehawk998
firehawk998

In terms of gaming Canada makes some very fantastic games I hope situation will take gaming to new heights. I have been to Canada before a very beautiful country with good people, very beautiful enviroments and fantastic place to vacation there.

Un4givingAsault
Un4givingAsault

@inconnux: Ya, all of Canada can be based off the performance of one hockey team. Canada is awesome and deal with it.

Inconnux
Inconnux

of all the places in Canada to goto why Toronto??? Welcome to the cesspool of Canada... and the hometown of the leafs.. could it be any worse?

Plo_Koon_basic
Plo_Koon_basic

this is probably the sickest thing i've heard in a little while.

GhostfaceL94
GhostfaceL94

Everythings going fantastic for Toronto. Raptors just got Turkoglu, Leafs signed buff defencemans, Argos won their first game, Jays are actually doing good. And now Ubi in T.O. One downside is the garbage strike X-(

4163982838
4163982838

Oh yeah! My home town T.O I'm real happy. When ever i pass by the studio i will salute the place!

NightRaVeN75
NightRaVeN75

Sweet, a ubisoft studio in Toronto one of Canada's other major cities next to montreal and vancouver

funsohng
funsohng

oh sweet, that's where my tax money went.

leon_hitman_47
leon_hitman_47

Good news. Maybe the company will benefit in this time of the economy.

abosh1
abosh1

thats great! hopefully we get even more quality games out of them!

Glade_Gnarr
Glade_Gnarr

Great for Ubi but I bet we're going to see some annoyed tax payers.

Cerebyss
Cerebyss

$263M... nice! T.O. T.O. T.O.

phil-_-meh
phil-_-meh

Ubisoft is French?! lol nv knew that Its sort of ashame they nv did put a studio in Canada's largest city b4, but its nice to know I can visit a Ubisoft studio near by :P

jmanversion1
jmanversion1

hmmmm...maybe they might hire me as a character desing artist!!!

xxxTristamxxx
xxxTristamxxx

Go Toronto...I only live 20 minutes from T.O....Great news about the jobs.

robfield
robfield

Weird. With the economy today I figure companies will try to be as efficient as possible with what they have, and not try to have any new growth right now.

MassacreMonk
MassacreMonk

Next person to say T.O. is gonna get knocked out ;)

sonictank
sonictank

man im excited for AC2 ever since im playing AC 1.

rubber-chicken
rubber-chicken

Cool, I live in Toronto! :D maybe I can sneak in and check out how AC2 is going... ;) Haha.

Kurzicide
Kurzicide

It's great to see Ubisoft doing so well lately. I respect them much more than their competitors. Can't wait for AC2.

fenix0003
fenix0003

Awesome. More jobs = great news

NICKKELANIUS
NICKKELANIUS

@alexLmx6 lol thats what you get for living here, you get all four seasons lol :P

rohail88
rohail88

I want AC 2 and AC Bloodlines!!...how about SONY Making a heavenly sword for psp??then i can keep nariko in my pants ...i mean pocket ;)

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alexLmx6
alexLmx6

coool im going to humber for 3d modelling in the fall i wanna get away from toronto tho.. its too cold in the winter and too hot in the summer, hows that for picky?

taylormadederek
taylormadederek

Well I was in Toronto today and it was 25 degrees Celsius. How is that for cold. I have some formal training in game design and art and animation. I am just finishing up a degree in Statistics and Economics and then I am applying for a game designer position at this studio. Buy my game b!tChe$

Zen_420
Zen_420

@speedfreak48t5p As a Canadian living in Hamilton, just outside of Toronto, I think most Canadians are aware of the games coming out of our Country and of anything Canadian made. We are proud of who we are, and proud of all things Canadian. @Decrate Too cold?? okay maybe in the winter, but have you ever been to Southern Ontario in the summer?? It is hot as hell brotha.

scorpi13
scorpi13

To Decrate: It's not that cold up here really. you just have to get used to it. :-p

GhostfaceL94
GhostfaceL94

Welcome to Toronto: the best multicultural City.