Massive Entertainment

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Massive Entertainment AB
Subsidiary of Ubisoft
Industry Video game industry
Founded 1997; 19 years ago (1997)
Founder Martin Walfiz
Headquarters Malmö, Sweden
Key people
David Polfeldt (managing director)
Owner Ubisoft
Number of employees
380 (2015)
Parent Ubisoft
Website www.massive.se

Massive Entertainment AB is a Swedish video game developer based in Malmö, Sweden. The company has been fully owned by Ubisoft since 2008. The studio is known for Ground Control, World in Conflict, and their latest title Tom Clancy's The Division.

History[edit]

Massive Entertainment in Malmö, Sweden

Massive Entertainment was founded in 1997 by Martin Walfisz. In June 2000 Massive released the award-winning PC action-strategy title Ground Control, published by Sierra Studios. The same year an expansion was released named Ground Control: Dark Conspiracy.

In 2002 the studio was acquired by Vivendi Universal Games.

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. The game was released on 18 September 2007 and won wide critical acclaim, including several nominations for one of the best games of 2007. 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.[1] On 10 November 2008, Ubisoft acquired Massive Entertainment. In March 2009, following the acquisition, the former CEO Martin Walfisz left Massive.[2]

In December 2010, Ubisoft confirmed that Massive would be "teaming up on a project for Assassin's Creed". On 5 May 2011, it was announced that Massive Entertainment is collaborating on development of Assassin's Creed: Revelations, developing the Desmond's journey sequences in the game, 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.[3] The game was released in 8 March 2016 and sold more copies in its first 24 hours than any game in Ubisoft's history and that it had the biggest first week ever for a new game franchise, generating $330 million in its first five days.

Games developed[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
2016 Tom Clancy's The Division No Yes Yes No Yes No No

References[edit]

  1. ^ Thang, Jimmy (6 August 2008). "Massive Sell Off". IGN. IGN Entertainment. Retrieved 12 July 2016. 
  2. ^ Martin, Matt (17 March 2009). "Massive Entertainment founder leaves studio". GamesIndustry.biz. Gamer Network. Retrieved 12 July 2016. 
  3. ^ Goldfarb, Andrew (10 June 2013). "E3 2013: Open World Tom Clancy RPG The Division Announced". IGN. IGN Entertainment. Retrieved 12 July 2016. 

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