When people are writing that a given game was made by Ubisoft, they often don't specify which branch of this French company is responsible for it. However, it is a common thing that two games of Ubisoft can be the work of completely different teams. The company consists of 49 active studios scattered across three continents.
The majority, that is 27 of them, are located in Europe. In addition, there are 13 branches in North America and 9 in Asia. And that's not all, because some of them have their own sub-divisions - with their own offices and names. The best example of this is Ubisoft Blue Byte, whose main office is located in Dusseldorf, and the other two in Berlin and Mainz (all three cities are in Germany). Two other sub-divisions of larger studios are Ubisoft Barcelona Mobile and Ubisoft Paris Mobile.
All studios of this French company are presented on the map below.
Ubisoft's assembly line
Ubisoft's scale and complexity is a good explanation for the large number of games published by it. However, it should be kept in mind that the Swedes working on Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora have nothing - or very little - to do with the Ivory Tower studio from Lyon, which has developed and continues to work on The Crew 2. The latter, in turn, did not work on Assassin's Creed: Valhalla, although this game was developed by 15 different branches (you can check them in our graphic).
SHUT DOWN STUDIOS
Ubisoft could be even bigger, but over the years, the owners of the company decided to close five branches. To make things more interesting, their existence increased the reach of the corporation not to three, but to five continents. These studios were Ubisoft Sao Paulo located in Brazil (it was shut down in 2010), as well as Ubisoft Casablanca - this branch was located in Morocco (Africa) and was closed in 2016.
The other three Ubisoft studios that were shut down are Sunflowers Interactive (Germany), Ubisoft Zurich (Switzerland) and Wolfpack Studios (United States). However, the company regularly takes over other developers, so it is more than certain that it will continue to grow.
All things considered, it is even more surprising that Ubisoft's productions are often quite similar to each other. It would seem that with such enormous working power, the French company will surprise players with innovative solutions, instead of simply releasing more and more games – albeit belonging to different genres, but focusing on proven, safe and, above all, cost-effective solutions. On the other hand, if fans like them, all the better for Ubisoft.