Ubisoft buys Assassin's Creed multiplayer tech maker

French publisher purchases Canadian company Quazal Technologies, creator of middleware and services for Brotherhood.

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From the time Ubisoft announced Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood in May, the publisher has made much of the stealth action adventure's marquee feature, online multiplayer. And while Ubisoft has extensive experience delivering games with multiplayer components, not the least of which being its Tom Clancy series, the publisher tapped Quazal Technologies to provide online middleware and services for Brotherhood.

Ubisoft welcomes Quazal to the Brotherhood.

Ubisoft apparently approved of Quazal's work, as the publisher announced today that it has acquired the Montreal-based middleware company outright. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.

Established in 1998, Quazal's technology includes Rendez-Vous, which specializes in cross-platform community features, and the Net-Z online multiplayer middleware platform. The company's work has appeared in games from developers and publishers that include THQ, Capcom, Harmonix, and Codemasters.

According to Ubisoft, Quazal will continue to build out its technology platforms. The publisher also noted that the company's services will remain open to the rest of the industry for licensing purposes.

Discussion

25 comments
NCsmallCHILDS
NCsmallCHILDS

120 dollars going into Black Ops and this both first day buys for me!

Pete5506
Pete5506

Lets hope for more great things to come out of this

Nero_Viper
Nero_Viper

One question: Can I wait any longer? :P

drummerdickens
drummerdickens

@Flamerdragon Then the price would have sky rocketed.

KuRf
KuRf

It'll be nice if they were working on cross-platform multiplayer oh wait they are!!! Why to go Ubi thats how you move forward. Now I'm forgiving you with the whole DRM thing(just abit).

the_requiem
the_requiem

@ToTs_00: Middleware can mean lot of things, but simplest explanation/example in this case can be it is the software that lets game developers write platform independent code, middleware will be the one translating that neutral code to platform specific. Think of it like a translator, on a tour to Europe you have a translator who knows every language instead of you yourself learning every language.

KoolzKatz
KoolzKatz

I truly despise MP and all the crappy FPS games that come with it but the Brotherhood MP looks great. The beta was a lot of fun and looks very promising.

Flamerdragon
Flamerdragon

They should have waited after it was released to see if people playing online are satisfied with the online multiplayer.

Gambit110
Gambit110

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Dragonknight0
Dragonknight0

DO remember this isn't Rome with Ceaser this is Rome the that European try to get back on its feet before getting attacked by Vikings, Muslims and so on Look at the history you well know what i mean.

Gh05t_
Gh05t_

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Gh05t_

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Rebornpheonix
Rebornpheonix

This sounds like good news for Ubisoft. I don't understand why some of you idiots are comparing AC:B to Black Ops, two very different genres, Black Ops you'd get 9/10 for the multiplayer, AC:B you'd get solely for singleplayer with a bonus of multiplayer that might actually be decent.

Incubus420
Incubus420

Secret character is Raiden BTW should be sick.

funsohng
funsohng

I can't wait for AC:B..... I haven't felt like this since.... AC2, actually.

Chico_Azteca
Chico_Azteca

i'm skipping Black Ops for this, i'm just tired of FPS for now

Syrenz
Syrenz

Really not interested in dishing out another $60 on ACB (after black ops), but I'm probably going to anyways. Assassin's creed is just too awesome.

ova169u
ova169u

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ZS0309
ZS0309

Hope this buyout leads to something great!!!!!!!!!