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Today, Ubisoft has just announced the acquisition of Longtail Halifax, a Nova Scotia, Canada based studio. They are experienced in developing games for multiple platforms and has worked with Ubisoft previously.
Longtail Studios has much experience in developing social and casual games and has collaborated with Ubisoft in the past on Rocksmith and Sports Connection. With Ubisoft they will be developing games for mobile that are more family oriented, but will also make adult friendly games that are focused on the social aspect.
“As we continue to grow our mobile business, we are also looking to develop our expertise and expand our network of mobile studios. The team of more than 30 talented people in Halifax brings with it a wealth of experience as well as a clear understanding of Ubisoft’s culture and processes. We believe Ubisoft Halifax has the potential to become a AAA mobile studio in this fast-moving and demanding segment.” ~Jean-Michel Detoc, Executive Director, Ubisoft’s Mobile Business
Currently, Longtail is recruiting people for positions on the team as they are working on some unannounced mobile titles. According to Gwenael Heliou, the studio manager of Ubisoft Halifax, they are looking for 10 positions to fill so that they can expand the team’s expertise into the mobile segment for expansion into Atlantic Canada, and are looking to develop games that will make Nova Scotia proud.
According to the Ubisoft blog, Ubisoft has worked closely with relevant local authorities, specifically Nova Scotia Business Inc. (NSBI), to successfully establish its expansion in the region. Laurel Broten, CEO and President of NSBI, said that NSBI has collaborated with Ubisoft to identify Nova Scotia as the best jurisdiction for the expansion of its mobile business, and they are full of talented people who and a thriving gaming sector that will assist in the competitive roles of doing business. Let’s see what Ubisoft and Longtail will bring in the future.