Ubisoft announced that its latest studio is opening in Stockholm, Sweden, with former EA DICE studio manager Patrick Bach at the helm.
Bach’s career with EA lasted 15 years, where he worked on popular franchises like Battlefield. With his new position as Ubisoft Stockholm’s studio manager, Bach is looking forward to the new experience. “I am thrilled to be joining the Ubisoft family, where I feel I will be able to use my experience in the game industry in a new and different way,” he says in a press release. “My goal has always been to create the best possible gaming experiences for players. When talking to Ubisoft about what we value most, it was clear that we share the same passion for nurturing teams’ creativity with that goal in mind.”
Ubisoft Stockholm plans to collaborate with Massive Entertainment, a Ubisoft studio in Malmö, Sweden, for development on several AAA games such as the Avatar game that was announced earlier this year. The new studio expects to build a team of 100 in its first two years of operation. Job recruitment is beginning immediately.
In a blog post from Ubisoft, Bach recognizes the potential of working in Sweden’s capital. “Stockholm is one of the great gaming hubs of the world with a huge pool of experienced and creative talent,” he says.
Ubisoft has been continuously expanding its operations with several new studios this year, including two in both France and Germany that were announced in April. Patrick Bach is a veteran of the industry with a lot of experience under his belt, so he seems well suited for the task. Outside of collaborating with other studios and working on the upcoming Avatar title, it remains to be seen what this new studio will produce.