The fact that Ubisoft planned to open a studio in Berlin is not a secret since the company has announced it a while ago. Today, the publisher gave us some more information on this matter, revealing that Ubisoft Berlin will open its doors in early 2018. Furthermore, the new studio will work on Far Cry, getting the series back to its homeland.
The studio will open under the management of Istvan Tanjay, past member of the Blue Byte studio, which was bought by Ubisoft in 2001 to work on their most popular titles like Settlers. Ubisoft Berlin will work on some of the company’s future projects starting off with the Far Cry series.
Istvan Tanjay, studio manager of Ubisoft Berlin said:
“We are thrilled to be opening the doors to Ubisoft Berlin and working on the Far Cry series together with other Ubisoft teams. In the first year, we will build a core team of around 50 developers drawing on all areas of expertise. We are currently recruiting for these positions and the reception so far is overwhelmingly positive from candidates of a very high caliber.”
Ubisoft Blue Byte managing director Benedikt Grindel shared also his hopes about Ubisoft Berlin:
“As part of Ubisoft’s global growth strategy, we have high hopes to continue to build up our teams in Ubisoft Berlin in the coming years. However, this growth also depends on the future development of funding video games in Germany. I am confident that we have found a strong studio head in Istvan Tajnay, who is ready to take on this challenge. And we are bringing back part of the development of Far Cry to its homeland, which is super exciting.”
Berlin studio working on Far Cry practically means that Ubisoft plans on releasing more titles for the franchise, or even a remaster of the first ones. Currently, Far Cry 5 is being developed by Ubisoft Montreal and is set to release on February 27, 2018.
Ubisoft is taking big steps in creating new job openings by announcing 4 new studios in the past year including the one aforementioned.