French game publisher and developer, Ubisoft, has announced plans to set up new studios in Mumbai and Odessa, Ukraine. Both the new studios in India and Ukraine will be the second studios from Ubisoft in the respective countries.
Ubisoft, the company behind titles like the Assassin’s Creed series and Rainbow Six Siege, has a studio in Pune that has about 750 employees working on mobile and console games in coordination with the other studios from around the world. The Mumbai studio will see some employees move from the Pune studio, and add about 100 more employees.
With the new studio in Mumbai, Ubisoft will look to the two studios in India to cooperate on the development on AAA console games. So far the Pune studio has assisted in the creation of games like Just Dance, South Park: The Fractured But Hole, Steep, Trials Frontier, and the Far Cry 3 remaster.
Jean-Philippe Pieuchot, managing director of Ubisoft India studios says, “Our vision is to accelerate and expand our efforts in India. We will focus on innovating core topics involving AI and machine learning.” He added that Ubisoft India plans to team up with IIT Bombay in the creation of a lab that will facilitate the company to “work with the best engineers from top colleges in India.”
“This year marks the tenth anniversary of Ubisoft’s presence in India. Our commitment to India is now strengthened by the new expansions in Mumbai. Mumbai being one of the biggest cities in the world, the opening of a new studio here will allow us to reach out to both national and international talents,” executive director of Ubisoft’s worldwide studios, Christine Burgess-Quemard said
This is some good news for the gaming industry in India, and there has not been much of that in the past years. With Gameloft, Disney, and Square Enix packing up their studios in India to cut costs, things haven’t been on the bright side for the industry in India. Ubisoft currently has over 30 studios across the world and the new studio at Odessa, Ukraine will join the one in Kiev and will be supporting titles like Ghost Recon and the Trials franchise.