Ubisoft Vancouver shut down

Ubisoft has closed its Vancouver development studio. The team was primarily responsible for developing sports games for the French publisher.

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Ubisoft has closed its Vancouver development studio. The team was primarily responsible for developing sports games for the French publisher. Its portfolio included games like Pure Futbol, Academy of Champions: Soccer, and MotionSports Adrenaline.

None of these titles have taken off, and many have been critically bashed. Pure Futbol, for example, currently holds a 38 average score on Metacritic. MotionSports received a 41.

"Unfortunately, we haven't found the right formula for success for the talented team there," a Ubisoft representative told Game Informer. "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."

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    January 17, 2012 3:30 PM

    Andrew Yoon posted a new article, Ubisoft Vancouver shut down.

    Ubisoft has closed its Vancouver development studio. The team was primarily responsible for developing sports games for the French publisher.

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      January 17, 2012 3:40 PM

      Why do I have the suspicion that "We haven't found the right formula for success" translates to "no tax breaks comparable to Quebec"?

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      January 17, 2012 4:13 PM

      Ubisoft developing sports games is news to me.

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        January 17, 2012 4:52 PM

        Pure Futbol and Motionsports Adrenaline. I have heard of neither of these games. :|

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          January 17, 2012 5:40 PM

          I think they were for PlayStation Move. So, yeah...

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            January 17, 2012 5:46 PM

            how does a football game work on Move. Do you put the wand in your shoe?

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      January 17, 2012 4:22 PM

      such a shame.

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      January 17, 2012 5:06 PM

      There goes 5 more American jobs!

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      January 17, 2012 5:16 PM

      Didn't even know that this studio existed.

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      January 17, 2012 5:38 PM

      Basically Ubisoft has some early success with the Wii, invested heavily in games for it, and it didn't pan out.

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        January 17, 2012 6:00 PM

        You mean like the Just Dance franchise which sold 25 millions on the wii only??

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          January 17, 2012 6:45 PM

          Really? Wow. Ok there is that but I wonder if Just Dance makes up for all the other failed wii games Ubisoft put out?

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      January 17, 2012 6:11 PM

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      January 17, 2012 7:02 PM

      vancouver has a pretty decent game industry there so it'd be hard for ubisoft to get the best talent. especially with EA Canada there, who might be a bit more prestigious than ubi

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        January 17, 2012 7:45 PM

        Maybe ten years ago, whats left is EA and scraps of other companies. Compared to montreal, vancouver is dead compared to the amount of "talent" that used to be employed and the amount of students the bazillion schools turn out.

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          January 17, 2012 9:42 PM

          EA Canada's not making the NBA games anymore; that got shifted to EA Tiburon (or at least that's what EA's statement said when they canned NBA Elite 11 in late 2010).

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      January 17, 2012 9:39 PM

      Since Shacknews didn't seem to get my message to them, Ill post it here. I think it's important that we as consumers know what's going on, and the hoops we have to just through to use a product that we've purchased.

      Apparently with Ubisoft, hardware changes to your computer count as a an activation. i.e.- all you do is change out your graphics card. Here's the link: http://guru3d.com/news/why-guru3d-probably-never-will-review-ubisoft-titles-anymore/

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      January 17, 2012 10:35 PM

      that chick has nice legs

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      January 18, 2012 12:38 AM

      That tax incentive can only last so long I presume.

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