Ubisoft expects to create 500 new jobs in Quebec over the next seven years by investing $373 million (£230m) in its local studio network.
The investment will be used to concentrate the company’s American operations for online games, as well as the infrastructures for its global network, in Montreal. Ubisoft also intends to expand its motion capture facilities in the region.
By 2020, the French publisher expects to provide employment for more than 3,500 workers within its Quebec studios, which include Ubisoft Montreal, most recently responsible for “Watch Dogs” and “Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag.”
“NBA 2K14,” the latest installment in the wildly popular “NBA 2K” series of basketball video games, has just been released. And coinciding with its launch on Windows, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One, NBA 2K14 has also been released on iOS.
Developed by Visual Concepts and published by 2K Sports, “NBA 2K14″ is the successor to last year‘s “NBA 2K13.” The game features LeBron James of the Miami Heat as the game’s cover athlete, music curator, and, of course, key playable character.
Video games veteran Ian Livingstone has announced his decision to resign from his role as life president of Eidos, (now owned by Japanese video-games maker Square Enix), after more than 20 years at the firm.
In a post on the Square Enix blog, the publisher said that Livingstone is “setting out on a new chapter to focus more time on the important projects he is working on outside of Square Enix.”
Livingstone is perhaps best known for co-founding the popular series of role-playing game books Fighting Fantasy in 1981.
He went on to help found Eidos Interactive, publisher of the “Tomb Raider” and “Deus Ex” games. Square Enix took over Eidos in 2009, making Livingstone “life president”.