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Ubisoft Massive
Type Subsidiary of Ubisoft
Industry Video games
Founded 1997
Headquarters Malmö, Sweden
Key people David Polfeldt, Managing Director
Fredrik Rundqvist, Producer
Petter Sydow, Producer
Martin Hultberg, Head of Communications
Magnus Jansén, Creative Director
Owners Ubisoft
Employees 300
Parent Ubisoft
Website www.massive.se
Picture
Massive Entertainment in Malmö, Sweden

Ubisoft Massive is a Swedish video game studio based in Malmö, Sweden. The company is fully owned by Ubisoft since 2008.[1]

The studio is known for the Ground Control series of real-time tactics video games, World in Conflict, and Far Cry 3.

History[edit]

Massive Entertainment was founded in 1997; they were acquired by Vivendi Universal Games in 2002.[2]

In October 2007, they released the game World in Conflict, which has been described in interviews on the company's official website as a further development of the real-time tactics gameplay formula from the Ground Control games, but set on Earth during the late Cold War. It has also been described as being the largest project for Massive Entertainment so far, with a huge budget.[citation needed] The game was released on 18 September 2007 and won wide critical acclaim, including several nominations for one of the best games of 2007.[citation needed] It was followed by an expansion, World in Conflict: Soviet Assault in March 2009.

On 6 August 2008, Activision Blizzard put up Massive Entertainment for sale after the merger of Activision and Vivendi Games and the subsequent internal reorganization.[3] On 10 November 2008, Ubisoft acquired Massive Entertainment.[4]

In March 2009, former CEO Martin Walfisz left Ubisoft Massive.[5]

On 2 November 2010, Massive published an article on their Facebook page detailing a visit to the Swedish Armed Forces Nordic Battle Group.[6] During this visit, several Massive developers partook in the observation of a modern military exercise. The purpose of the observation was to record audio of the entire mock battle, so developers could get a better sense of what a battlefield sounds like.

In December 2010, Ubisoft confirmed that Massive would be "teaming up on a project for Assassin's Creed".[7] On 5 May 2011, it was announced that Massive Entertainment is collaborating on development of Assassin's Creed: Revelations.,[8] which was released in November 2011. Massive also collaborated on the development of Far Cry 3, which was released in December 2012.

At E3 2013 Massive announced and demonstrated their next game, Tom Clancy's The Division.[9]

List of video games[edit]

Year Title Platform(s)
PS3 PS4 Win X360 XBO iOS Droid
2000 Ground Control No No Yes No No No No
2000 Ground Control: Dark Conspiracy No No Yes No No No No
2004 Ground Control II: Operation Exodus No No Yes No No No No
2007 World in Conflict No No Yes No No No No
2009 World in Conflict: Soviet Assault No No Yes No No No No
2011 Assassin's Creed: Revelations Yes No Yes Yes No No No
2012 Far Cry 3 Yes No Yes Yes No No No
2014 Just Dance Now No No No No No Yes Yes
2015 Tom Clancy's The Division No Yes Yes No Yes No No

References[edit]

  1. ^ "UBISOFT® acquires the assets of MASSIVE ENTERTAINMENT®". Ubisoftgroup.com. 10 November 2008. Retrieved 19 March 2012. 
  2. ^ "Ubisoft Massive". MobyGames. Retrieved 19 March 2012. 
  3. ^ Jason Ocampo (6 August 2008). "Massive Sell Off". IGN. Retrieved 6 August 2008. 
  4. ^ "Ubisoft Acquires Massive Entertainment". Retrieved 6 August 2008. 
  5. ^ Matt Martin. "Massive Entertainment founder leaves studio". gamesindustry.biz. Retrieved 13 July 2009. 
  6. ^ Ubisoft Massive. "Massive goes to war". Retrieved 25 November 2010. 
  7. ^ Ubisoft (21 December 2010). "Twitter / Ubisoft: Ubisoft’s Massive studio t". Twitter.com. Retrieved 19 March 2012. 
  8. ^ "UBISOFT® UNSHEATHES ASSASSIN'S CREED® REVELATIONS". Ubisoftgroup. Retrieved 5 May 2011. 
  9. ^ "E3 2013: Open World Tom Clancy RPG The Division Announced". IGN. Retrieved 10 June 2013. 

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