Ubisoft has revealed they will be opening a new studio in Laguna, Philippines.
Ubisoft Philippines will be located in Santa Rosa, Laguna, in the De La Salle University Santa Rosa campus. The studio will be opening in the second quarter of 2016, with Ubisoft planning to hire 50 people before the end of the year. The university itself seems to be part of the company’s plans, as they have their own courses in computer science for game development.
Heading the studio is Chip Go, who came from Ubisoft’s first South East Asian studio, Ubisoft Singapore. Ubisoft has huge ambitions for the studio, coming off of Ubisoft Singapore’s success. Ubisoft Singapore has been a major part of many major titles, most notably developing the naval battles for Assassin’s Creed: Black Flag. Today they number over 500 employees and is working on an unnamed major title on their own.
Ubisoft last closed a studio in 2012. This was based in Vancouver and specialized in motion control games. They have since opened studios all around the world, in locations such as Abu Dhabi and Moscow. Ubisoft Singapore itself was opened as far back as 2008.