Rumor: 1,000 Ubisoft Peeps Cranking On Assassin's Creed IV
Some may say Ubisoft is rushing things by bringing out Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag this October.
But if you look at the evidence, it certainly doesn't appear to be a slipshod project. Not only has it been in development for nearly two years (this detail was revealed when the title was originally announced), but it seems a whole lot of people are working on it.
How many? Oh, maybe as many as 1,000. Electronic Arts executive producer Giordano Contestabile Tweeted that Black Flag may represent the "new new AAA."
"Assassin's Creed IV is made by 7 studios and (I hear) nearly 1,000 people. Is this new new AAA?"
For the record, Ubisoft employs around 7,450 globally and about 6,250 are involved in game production in some capacity. So it's not impossible, especially considering that Assassin's Creed is very likely the publisher's most important franchise in terms of sales and overall popularity. But can more than 15% of Ubisoft's entire work force really be focused on Black Flag...? Well, there are eight studios cranking away on it, so why not?
3/14/2013 11:28:37 AM Ben Dutka