Ubisoft Toronto GM Jade Raymond has said the firm is currently staffing up the core teams for two projects being worked on and is looking at local Ontario schools for some positions.
Speaking in an interview with Gamasutra, Raymond said the area is great due to some of the “amazing schools” like the University of Waterloo, not to mention the region’s thriving indie scene.
“Hopefully [Ubisoft and the indies] feed into each other,” she said. “I don’t know if you’ve heard of the Hand Eye Society, but there’s this really cool group of indie developers that get together in really interesting events where they kind of show and tell, and exchange ideas. We’ve been attending those.
“Actually, one of the indie developers, Capybara Games, is actually making a game now that Ubisoft was already publishing beforehand, so I’m really excited because I hope that we can collaborate with them.”
Raymond also said the studio will hopefully create a new IP someday with the possibility of integrating triple-A development with social aspects; but for now, the firm is already talking about “starting to work on the next Splinter Cell”.
“At some point, we plan to start up a new IP,” she said. “Those are some of the things that we’re already thinking but not working on yet. We’ve talked about already starting to work on the next Splinter Cell.
“We’re not sharing too much about that, but obviously there are a lot of those ideas, too, that will hopefully be brought into that brand.”