Ubisoft renames German studios


Ubisoft has rebranded two of the development studios it owns in Germany: previously both known as Ubisoft Blue Byte, they will now be called Ubisoft Düsseldorf and Ubisoft Mainz.

Announcing the news on its website, the French publisher said: “In order to draw more attention to the accomplishments of its local teams, Ubisoft Blue Byte is rebranding two of its German studios. While Ubisoft Blue Byte will remain the umbrella company for all German studios, the studio creating The Settlers will now be known as Ubisoft Düsseldorf, while the studio behind Anno 1800 (free to play this week via Uplay) is now Ubisoft Mainz. The rebranding comes as both studios ramp up their efforts to recruit talent in a push to rapidly expand.”

Benedikt Grindel, managing director of Ubisoft’s German studios, said: “We want our three studios in Berlin, Düsseldorf and Mainz to forge and further grow their own local identities as our overall workforce in Germany could soon double in size. We see the potential to grow to more than 1,000 talents by the end of 2023. We have very ambitious plans for our existing and future projects and are looking for creative minds from all areas of game development.”

Last year, as detailed on Ubisoft’s website, Ubisoft Blue Byte celebrated its 30th anniversary. Ubisoft Düsseldorf was founded in 1988, developing tennis sim Great Courts before generating the long-running franchise The Settlers. Ubisoft acquired the studio in 2001.

Ubisoft Mainz, which developed Anno 1800, worked on Rainbow Six Siege and is involved with the development of Beyond Good & Evil 2, was joined under the Ubisoft Blue Byte banner by Ubisoft Berlin in 2018, which is currently working on the Far Cry franchise.

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