Ubisoft have announced the opening of a new studio in Santa Rosa Laguna, Philippines. The studio is 35 kilometers from Manila’s main business center and is set to employ up to 50 people by the end of this year.
Ubisoft have stated that the choice regarding the location is due to its close proximity to Manila and the airport, which makes the commute reasonably easy and offers a better quality of life than the city itself.
The studio will partner with the La Salle University campus to grow young talent.
The Philippines joins Singapore and Chengdu as Ubisoft’s third Southeast Asia location which host more than 80 million online gamers.
“Every day, Filipinos leave the country in search of opportunities elsewhere,” says Chip Go, Ubisoft Philippines’ new studio manager. “I was one of those people eight years ago, and now I’m very happy to come back and bring my own experience in AAA game development.”
Located on the campus of De La Salle University in Santa Rosa, a city just south of Manila, the new studio will have close ties to Ubisoft Singapore, and a number of founding team members will move in from Singapore to train Ubisoft Philippines’ new recruits.
“We have huge ambition for this team, who will play a part in creating some of Ubisoft’s biggest and most beloved games,” says Go. “Ubisoft Philippines will be recruiting 50 new team members this year, from artists to programmers, designers to project managers, and we are very confident of our ability to build a strong team to take up these challenges.”