Ubisoft announced earlier this year its plans to open a new studio in Berlin, Germany. Today brings new details from the publisher about its plans for the studio, including who will be running the show and a little bit about what the team is working on.
Ubisoft Berlin is set to begin work in early 2018. Istvan Tajnay is set to act as studio manager. Tajnay has previous experience at Ubisoft prior to his elevation to running the new Berlin studio. Prior to that, he worked as a producer at Sega.
Ubisoft Berlin seems like it will start out in a collaborative role with other Ubisoft studios on some of the company’s major properties, including the Far Cry franchise – a statement that certainly seems to imply that we can expect more from the Far Cry brand after the impending release of Far Cry 5 in 2018. It’s not unusual for Ubisoft to tap its newer studios for additional work on major brands before having a dedicated project of its own, and that seems to be the strategy here as well.
Ubisoft Berlin is targeting a staff of 50 developers in its first year as it ramps up to speed. The new development house will join two other development Ubisoft studios in Germany – the Blue Byte teams in Düsseldorf and Mainz.
Ubisoft has faced threats of takeover by Vivendi in recent years, but the publisher’s expansion into new territories and studios shows signs of continued growth in the face of those challenges.