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World in Conflict: Soviet Assault

Ubisoft acquires Massive Entertainment

"Good news, everybody!" After the Activision Blizzard merger Massive Entertainment based in Malmö, Sweden have been the subject of much speculation as the award winning studio behind the Ground Control games and World in Conflict were deemed surplus to requirements by their new masters.

Today it was announced that French publisher Ubisoft have acquired the studio, along with the staff and rights to World in Conflict. Massive Entertainment have 120 employees, and have been working on the expansion for World in Conflict - Soviet Assault as of late, but no news regarding that titles was divulged in the press release. They are also known to be in the early stages of development on an altogether different title, that is not expected to be in the strategy genre.

A couple of quotes from the press release:

"We are delighted to welcome the talented team of creators at Massive into the Ubisoft family," said Christine Burgess-Quemard, executive director of worldwide production studios at Ubisoft. "Ubisoft is growing at an intense pace and our strategy is to ensure the strength of our global creative teams. Massive has put together a group of some of the most confirmed and recognized creators in the industry and I know that their talent and innovation will allow them to seamlessly integrate into our worldwide network of production studios."

"Massive's development team places great importance on its freedom to innovate and create games of the highest quality," stated Martin Walfisz, president and founder of Massive Entertainment. "We are fortunate to have found in Ubisoft a publisher who shares the same values and understands our mindset. I have no doubt that our future together will offer significant mutual benefit and synergy."

World in Conflict: Soviet Assault