January 18, 2012, 16:00

Ubisoft Shut Down Ubisoft Vancouver

By Dave Irwin, Sub-Editor

Another day, another studio closure. This time though, it is in Canada. Ubisoft says it has closed its Vancouver based development studio, which primarily developed sports based titles for the publisher, including…well the rather badly received Pure Football, MotionSports Adrenaline and Academy of Champions: Soccer. The studio (originally known as Action Pants) was formed in 2006 before being bought by Ubisoft in 2009. An Ubisoft spokesperson gave a brief explanation for this move in a statement, essentially confirming that a lack of success forced Ubisoft to close the studio.

Ubisoft confirms that we have made the difficult decision to close its studio in Vancouver. Unfortunately, we haven’t found the right formula for success for the talented team there. We thank our Vancouver team for their hard work and the projects that they have delivered. Team members will have the opportunity to consider positions in other Ubisoft studios and we will work with each of them to help find the best next step, whether it be within Ubisoft or outside.

Perhaps this isn’t as significant as say the closure of two UK based Sony studios earlier this month, given that one of those studios reportedly created PlayStation Vita launch title Little Deviants, but it is still fairly sad news when publishers feel the need to cancel operations in a certain territory.

What is interesting is that Canada has seen a boom in publisher investment over the past couple of years. With Ubisoft Vancouver now shut, is this the start of a worrying trend? Our thoughts go to those who lost their jobs and we hope they find something to go to within the industry.