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Ubisoft's Internal Crisis: Low Morale and Rising Tensions

Nathan Lees
Nathan Lees

As the gaming industry grapples with widespread layoffs, Ubisoft, a titan in the realm, confronts its own turmoil. Inside sources reveal a company at a crossroads, plagued by low morale and fear of restructuring. This article delves into the heart of Ubisoft's struggles, from project cancellations to management woes, painting a picture of a company in crisis.

Ubisoft's shift from innovation to trend-chasing has led to numerous project cancellations and wasted resources. A notable example is the ill-fated Ghost Recon: Frontline, which faced significant backlash and was eventually canceled. The company's foray into NFTs with Ubisoft Quartz also met with public and internal criticism, highlighting a disconnect with community interests.

Ubisoft's project management has been marred by unrealistic deadlines and constant delays, causing internal and public frustration. The infamous Skull and Bones project, with its numerous delays and reported $200 million cost, exemplifies this issue. This pattern of poor management and delayed projects is a recurring theme across the company.

In September 2023, Ubisoft Montreal's return to office policy, amidst the pandemic's easing, sparked widespread criticism within the company. The mandate, requiring a minimum of two days in-office per week, has added to the employees' stress, raising concerns over childcare, travel costs, and time management.

Despite releasing high-rated games like Prince of Persia: The Lost Crown, Ubisoft's player numbers seem to reflect the internal discontent. Comparatively lower player engagement and revenue figures suggest a growing disconnect with the gaming community.

Despite these challenges, Ubisoft's upcoming game lineup, including Star Wars Outlaws and Assassin’s Creed Codename Red, offers a ray of hope. Success with these titles could potentially shift the internal and external perception of the company.

Ubisoft's current state is a complex mix of internal strife, management issues, and market missteps. The company's future hinges on addressing these core issues and realigning with both employee and community interests.

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