Initially based in Montreal, the company's internal R&D program will expand across five studios with its teams set up in Canada, China, and France.
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On Monday, during the Ubisoft Developers Conference (UDC), Ubisoft announced the expansion of its R&D network. Historically based in Montreal, the company's internal research and development program, known as Ubisoft La Forge, will now extend its model to several studios around the world with teams set up in Canada (Ubisoft Montreal, Ubisoft Toronto), China (Ubisoft Chengdu, Ubisoft Shanghai), and France (Ubisoft Bordeaux).
Ubisoft outlines La Forge as "a bridge between academic research and video games production" saying that it finds out new development techniques combining Ubisoft's resources with the expertise of university researchers at the same time contributing to solving the real-world problems through scientific publications.
Executive Director of Ubisoft La Forge, Yves Jacquier, commented on the expansion of the La Forge network highlighting its strategic role: "Our objective is to continue developing by remaining faithful to our DNA". He also added that La Forge is aimed to bring "a mastery of disruptive technologies" to Ubisoft through responsible development which is focused on people, creators, or players.
The announcement of expanding La Forge follows a week after the company published its latest fourth-quarter financial results that saw a significant drop compared with the 2020 holiday quarter.