Though Ubisoft's headquarters is located in Paris, one of its most successful internal studios is halfway across the world in China. Opened in 1996, Ubisoft Shanghai has been behind several critically acclaimed Tom Clancy titles, including Splinter Cell: Pandora Tomorrow, Splinter Cell: Double Agent, and the PS3 version of Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter 2. The studio is also readying the real-time strategy title Tom Clancy's EndWar for release on the PC, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3 next spring.
Ubisoft Shanghai's success has prompted Ubisoft to start up another China shop. Located in the eponymous capital of Sichuan province in the country's southwest, Ubisoft Chengdu opened its doors today under managing director Richard Tsao, former senior producer at Ubi Shanghai. Tsao and Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot were on hand at the studio's opening ceremony, along with several senior officials of the Chinese Communist Party.
At first, Ubisoft Chengdu will focus on the oxymoronic task of "internal outsourcing." Eventually, though, it will develop online titles for consoles, handhelds, and the PC.