In the current world of gaming, major gaming studios without a presence in the MMO space are few and far between. Ubisoft Quebec, the studio largely behind both Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood and Assassin's Creed: Revelations, has been noticeably absent from this aspect of gaming but that is about to end as the studio is now developing a big-budget 'AAA MMO.'
The MMO space is a very popular target for studios and publishers alike, obviously with the popularity of World of Warcraft and the new kid on the block, BioWare's Star Wars: The Old Republic. There have even been rumors of the Mass Effect franchise dipping its toes into the MMO river as well.
For Ubisoft's yet-to-be-determined MMO, there are now multiple job openings for the project, with Ubisoft seeking game designers who not only have experience in level-design creation, but also in populating an online world for this new big-budget MMO. The job description gives a few more details of what is to be expected.
"You will be working in close-knit, multi-discipline teams focused on creating a compelling long-term player experience from the ground up, responsible for building and populating a large world."
Another position is slightly different, calling instead for Cloud Computing specialists for the same, large-scale MMO project.
"The position holder will adapt and optimize a modern rendering system used for AAA gaming so as to make it compatible in Cloud architecture. Distributed programming, Virtualization and Cloud new technologies will be part of your daily activities."
The Cloud Computing aspect of the game is an interesting one indeed. One has to wonder if the MMO is going to be built from scratch as a cloud-gaming compatible game. In a day and age where technology is always on the rise, this aspect is a curious one indeed. Cloud gaming could also mean the MMO could be multi-platform.
The second aspect for gamers to consider is the IP being designed. Is it completely new or based on a current Ubisoft franchise? The most obvious choice would be an Assassin's Creed MMO, though that is only conjecture at this point. Considering the four games that have already been developed, it wouldn't be a hard sell to fans of the series to create an online world full of a virtual Assassins, Templars, merchants, thieves, prostitutes, mercenaries; the list goes on and on.
Ranters, what type of MMO would you like Ubisoft to design? Something that is already in existence, or a completely new franchise?
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