Ubisoft has announced the appointment of Pauline Jacquey as managing director of Reflections, its Newcastle-based studio.
Jacquey has worked in the firm’s Paris, Shanghai, Montreal and Pune studios since 1997 and has been a producer on such titles as Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter and mobile iterations of Prince of Persia and Assassin’s Creed.
“Reflections is a beautiful studio with a lot of legacy, 28 years, survived a lot crises, was acquired, re-acquired, [and] they can succeed in any kind of condition, so there’s a lot of courage in the studio, and I like this,” she told GI International. “They’re not spoiled, so that’s really good.
Reflections is currently working on Watch Dogs in collaboration with Ubisoft Montreal, as well as a number of “soon to be announced projects.”
“We do parts of games, but it’s very actually standard at Ubisoft now to do AAA games, like for the new PS4 console, you need teams of up to 600 guys so you can’t do it at just one site,” Jacquey continued. “So there’s organisation within Ubisoft to make sure that collaboration happens and works. So it’s not like outsourcing, it’s real co-development and collaboration and I think both sides learn a lot from working together.
“So I want this to be a very strong pillar of the studio, but yes, I want us to do our own games and I’m very interested in the evolution of the industry like free-to-play and digital and mobile. And that’s something that I did already, in the past. Not very famous games, but still millions of players. So I don’t know exactly which shape it could take, I’ve only been here for three months, but my intention is to have a very varied portfolio and collaboration will not just be what we do.”
Titles previously developed by the studio include Driver: San Francisco and collaborations on Just Dance 4 and Far Cry 3.