Ubisoft Quebec taking the lead on new Assassin's Creed game

Montreal passes over the baton as Quebec studio expands its operations

Ubisoft Quebec is in the process of ramping up to lead the production of one of the next instalments in the Assassin's Creed series.

The studio has been involved in the Assassin's Creed franchise since 2010's Assassin's Creed Brotherhood, notably building Assassin's Creed III's Homestead and Black Flag's island Hideout.

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On top of those hub worlds, Quebec's leadership can most notably be seen in DLC packs The Tyranny of King Washington (Assassin's Creed III) and Freedom Cry (Black Flag), which it helmed "from start to finish". Quebec is also contributing to this year's Ubisoft Montreal-led Assassin's Creed Unity.

"The difference now is that it's an entire game," Francois Pelland, Ubisoft Quebec's executive director of development, said of his team's next-gen-only project in a newly published CVG interview. "Yes, there will be stuff that we learn as we go, but the bottom line is that every one is super happy and honoured to do it.

"This a studio which slowly but surely built up a great foundation. We have around 350 people, which compared to Montreal is small, but is actually pretty large."

As part of the expansion and development efforts necessary to head up the production of next-gen triple-A games, in 2016 Ubisoft Quebec will move to a new studio close to its current location. It also plans to hire approximately 50 additional staff.

"Now is the time that we're ready to take on some heat and take the leadership on a big game," Pelland added. "We feel like the team here is more than ready. We're passionate and excited to take on the leadership of this game and it's an ambition the team has had since its foundation."


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