Ubisoft announced on Thursday that Ubisoft Quebec would be taking over development for the next entry in the Assassin’s Creed series. Assassin’s Creed has always been a Ubisoft Montreal series, so this announcement marks a significant change in the structure of the company.
It was initially reported that Ubisoft Quebec would be taking control of the Assassin’s Creed franchise in it’s entirety. However, the company later confirmed to Gamespot that the Quebec studio will be making core AC games alongside the Montreal studio. Ubisoft Montreal are already working on a number of different projects including Far Cry 4, Rainbow Six: Seige as well as Assassin’s Creed Unity.
Ubisoft explained that the Quebec studio have been assisting Montreal heavily since Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood. The expertise of the studio when it comes to the AC series is why the team will be making the next AC game, though the will still collaborate with Montreal.
With that in mind, Ubisoft did not give an official reason as to why Ubisoft Quebec are becoming more involved in the series.
On the official Ubisoft blog, Ubisoft Quebec managing director Nicolas Rioux stated, “Since 2010, our understanding of the franchise has increased each year. We have the confidence of the brand team and also from Ubisoft to take leadership of an upcoming Assassin’s Creed title. The team is ready for the next big step.”
Ubisoft Quebec is a relatively large studio. The studio currently employs approximately 350 people which while not the size of the massive Montreal studio is pretty sizable. Ubisoft has also invested a great deal of money into refurbishing the studio to make it more “cutting edge.”
It is now known that Ubisoft Quebec are indeed developing a new Assassin’s Creed game. However, no details in regard to the setting or release date have been detailed.
Assassin’s Creed Unity is currently set to launch on October 28 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC.