Publisher and developer Ubisoft – better known for franchises like Assassin’s Creed and Watch Dogs – is opening two new studios in Europe this year.
The first studio – based in Berlin, Germany – will be assisting Blue Byte on an “unannounced AAA project.” Blue Byte's previous game was city-builder and real-time strategy title Anno 2205. They’ve also helped on production of For Honor, and Rainbow Six Siege.
It’s unclear what game this project entails. Ubisoft is currently working on a new Assassin’s Creed game, after taking a break from the franchise in 2016. Details surrounding it are sparse.
The other new studio will be Ubisoft Bordeaux, operating out of south-west France. They will assist Ubisoft's other French studios based in Paris, Annecy, and Montpellier (known for Ghost Recon: Wildlands, Steep, and Just Dance 2017).
It’s unclear if this expansion is a move of confidence from Ubisoft, which is currently under threat of hostile takeover from media giant Vivendi.
"I know what made us so successful for 30 years, is being super independent, being very autonomous,” said Anne Blondel, Ubisoft’s vice president of live operations, late last year.