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For the first time, the next Assassin’s Creed won’t be made in Montreal

Wednesday, 2nd July 2014 23:08 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Ubisoft has elected to spread responsibility for the Assassin’s Creed franchise around, with the Quebec team taking on lead development duties for at least one future release.

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Assassin’s Creed has always been a multi-studio franchise, with as many as eight teams from all around the world contributing to Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag.

Nevertheless Ubisoft Montreal, one of the largest development teams in the world, has remained in charge of all core Assassin’s Creed releases to date, in addition to Far Cry, Watch Dogs and numerous other smaller projects.

That’s about to change, with Ubisoft announcing that its relatively new Quebec team will lead development on the next Assassin’s Creed game after Unity.

Ubisoft Montreal will remain lead developer on other Assassin’s Creed projects, the publisher assured GamesIndustry.

“Montreal will continue to be a lead studio for other AC titles. And Montreal and Quebec will continue to collaborate with each other and with other Ubisoft studios – that’s been key for making sure each Assassin’s Creed title offers something new and creative for players,” a representative said.

“We are one of Ubisoft’s flagship studios in the creation of the highest quality online, connected, and mobile gaming worlds. We have many years of experience on major Ubisoft franchises such as Prince of Persia, Heroes of Might & Magic, Watch Dogs, and Assassin’s Creed. We are thrilled that we will be heading up one of the next episodes of this major Ubisoft brand,” Ubisoft Quebec managing director Nicolas Rioux said.

Ubisoft recently invested $28 million in the Quebec team, and will be using $4 million of this money to move it into new premises, along with a $500,000 grant from Quebec City itself. Ubisoft also reaffirmed its commitment to increasing the Quebec City studio staff, having already made about half of the 100 hires it had promised to bring the current total to around 350.

The next Assassin’s Creed game, Unity, is coming to PC, PS4 and Xbox One in October. It adds four-player co-op and is set in Paris during the French Revolution.

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7 Comments

  1. ddtd

    I wonder if Quebec is handling the rumored AC Comet.

    #1 2 months ago
  2. Legendaryboss

    @1
    Main team = Unity. Secondary team = Comet. Various teams supporting both. Seems legit.

    #2 2 months ago
  3. Digital Bamboo

    Was a bit confused until I read Quebec CITY.

    Nice place, would visit again.

    #3 2 months ago
  4. OrbitMonkey

    Montreal? Cool… Will their be ships? In the game? Boats? SEA-FARING VESSELS!!!

    Just wondering.

    #4 2 months ago
  5. The_Red

    After AC3, I burnt out on the series. It doesn’t matter how many good things I hear about Black Flag, the thirst / need for a new game is pretty much ruined when they release a new one every year.

    The annul trend needs to stop but knowing Ubi and based on this news (With knowledge of main and second teams in each studio) they are probably going for quarterly AC releases.

    #5 2 months ago
  6. djriful

    I’m from Montreal… :/

    #6 2 months ago
  7. bradk825

    @Digital Bamboo I was thinking the same thing, lol. “What do you mean Montreal AND Quebec?” Then when I read they got a grant for Quebec City it all came together.

    #7 2 months ago

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