Today, French publisher and developer Ubisoft announced it has opened a new studio located in Stockholm, Sweden.
Additionally, Ubisoft also revealed that the head of the studio will be Patrick Bach, who notably left fellow Swedish studio EA Dice back in November of last year after more then 15 years with the studio where he left as GM. At the time, Bach chalked up the departure to him wanting to spend more time with his family.
According to Ubisoft, the new Stockholm Studio (which will presumably follow Ubisoft’s consistent studio naming method and simply be called Ubisoft Stockholm) will work closely with the team at Ubisoft Massive in Malmö, Sweden on AAA projects, including the newly announced and far-out (as in not before 2020) Avatar game.
Speaking about the decision to join one of EA’s fiercest rivals Ubisoft, Bach revealed that he and Ubisoft share a lot of the same values and goals, as well shared similar ideas about the “creative and practical process of making games.” Bach continues:
“I feel like I will be able to use my potential in a new and different way in the Ubisoft family. I’m also looking forward to working with new world class colleagues around the world.”
Bach’s catalogue of work includes the Battlefield series, Star Wars Battlefront, Mirror’s Edge Catalyst and more. His experience and knowledge of the industry will surely be vital to Ubisoft as they tackle on as big of an IP as Avatar.
Over the new two years, the Stockholm studio will look to add about 100 new jobs, while Massive will be recruiting for 200 positions.