Ubisoft is aiming to create more unique games with an editorial shake up
Following a spate of delays and underwhelming 2019 sales figures for key titles like The Division 2 and Ghost Recon Breakpoint, Ubisoft is reportedly planning to restructure its editorial team and, by extension, shake up its games.
As first reported by VGC, for the past twenty years Ubisoft has employed a central editorial team of around 100 people and tasked them with overseeing the development of its titles. Advising on a variety of key aspects from visual design to scripts, this team is believed to have had a significant influence on the direction of Ubisoft’s games, resulting in “a cohesive vision across all Ubisoft titles, with learnings from one project feeding into the next.”
Given Ubisoft’s huge success with franchises like Assassin’s Creed and Far Cry, this approach has clearly worked to some extent. However, more recently it’s been felt that it’s also led to too much similarity between Ubisoft’s games, with one anonymous source reportedly saying, “there were often the ideas of just one or two people getting put into every game. That’s why you tended to see such similarity, because it’s the same taste and opinion being replicated.”