Ubisoft, the publisher of the popular Assassin’s Creed video game franchise, has laid off more staff as part of an ongoing restructuring effort. The company reportedly let go of 98 employees across its Canadian offices, affecting its general and administrative teams, Ubisoft IT, and Ubisoft’s SFX studio Hybride.
This latest round of layoffs comes on the heels of other cutbacks at Ubisoft in recent months. In June, the company announced plans to eliminate 1,400 jobs worldwide, citing the need to “adapt to market changes” and “optimize costs.”
The layoffs have been met with criticism from some employees and industry analysts, who argue that they are a sign of Ubisoft’s declining fortunes. The company has struggled in recent years to replicate the success of its Assassin’s Creed franchise, and its other major titles, such as Tom Clancy’s The Division and Far Cry, have not met with the same level of critical acclaim.
Despite the layoffs, Ubisoft has insisted that it remains committed to its long-term goals. The company is investing heavily in new technologies, such as virtual reality and cloud gaming, and it is also expanding into new markets, such as China and India.
Only time will tell whether Ubisoft’s restructuring efforts will be successful. However, it is clear that the company is facing significant challenges, and the layoffs are a sign of its determination to address them.
Impact on Assassin’s Creed Franchise
The layoffs are likely to have a significant impact on Ubisoft’s ability to develop and release new Assassin’s Creed games. The franchise has been one of the company’s most successful, and it has helped to generate billions of dollars in revenue. However, the layoffs could lead to delays in the development of new Assassin’s Creed titles, and it is also possible that the company will be forced to scale back its ambitions for the franchise.
The layoffs are also likely to have a negative impact on employee morale at Ubisoft. The company has already been struggling with a number of issues, including reports of workplace harassment and discrimination. The layoffs are only likely to exacerbate these problems, and they could lead to further departures from the company.
Future of Ubisoft
It is too early to say what the long-term impact of the layoffs will be on Ubisoft. However, it is clear that the company is facing a number of challenges, and it is not yet clear whether it will be able to overcome them. The layoffs are a sign of Ubisoft’s determination to address its problems, but they are also a sign of the company’s desperation. Only time will tell whether Ubisoft will be able to emerge from this crisis stronger than before.