Ubisoft Shutting Down 18-Year Old Casablanca Studio

Ubisoft has announced that it’s shutting down its Casablanca studio in Morocco, just months after it completed 18 years of operation. Established in April 1998, the developer was largely involved in portable game development, and worked on over 26 titles including Rayman Legends, Child of Light and Valiant Hearts.

According to the company, it wasn’t viable to keep Casablanca studio in operation as it didn’t fit into Ubisoft’s current business plans. In a press release, Mobile exec Jean-Michel Detoc wrote:

Ubisoft Casablanca has been part of Ubisoft for 18 years, and contributed to a lot of memorable games over the years, especially on portable consoles. Unfortunately, as the video game market evolved in the past few years, we didn’t find a sustainable formula for the studio within our broader network. We thank the Casablanca team for their hard work throughout the years.

The studio employs 48 people who Ubisoft is currently assisting with the aim of adjusting them elsewhere in the company’s network.

[Source: GamesIndustry.biz, Gamasutra]