Ubisoft and French Government Invest $18.5 Million in Next-Gen Engine

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-Greg Livingston

Last week, Ubisoft announced “Mango,” a project for “develop[ing] technologies for the applications of new gaming platforms,” presumably including the next platforms from Sony and Microsoft respectively. In the next two years, the project will cost €14 million, which roughly translates to $18.5 million USD. The French government will provide €3.5 million of that money, or a little over $4.6 million USD.

Ubisoft’s Montpellier, France and Montreal, Canada studios will both be involved. As for the French government, the Atomic Energy and Alternative Energies Commission (CEA) and the National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) will take part.

Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot and France’s Junior Minister for Small and Medium Enterprises, Innovation, and the Digital Economy Fleur Pellerin both noted the importance of this engine being created in France. The goal is to foster jobs related to game development in the nation.