TORONTO — Ubisoft Toronto has caused a stir in the gaming industry with its recent first-stage launch of a vehicular combat game, marking the studio’s first push into the gaming industry’s intellectual property realm.
Ubisoft unveiled its plans for a new game called "Starlink: Battle for Atlas" at a news conference in Los Angeles during video-game show E3.
The company said in a press release that it has about 100 employees working on the game, which originally was a prototype for Ubisoft.
“This game has been a labour of love for us here,” Ubisoft’s Toronto producer Matt Rose said in the company’s announcement. “It is a completely modular, smart building toy that we have developed from the ground up. It is toys-to-life but we really kind of see it as the next generation of that.”
The game features ships that hover close to the ground and fly in the atmosphere or dogfight in space, according to the company’s release. The toys, which are part of the Starlink game, can also be customized and then will appear immediately in the game. Gamers can also swap ships or create “Franken-ships.”
“We want people to know that something this cool is coming out of Toronto,” Ubisoft’s art director on the game Daniel Ebanks said.
The company said in its announcement that plans call for the game to be out by fall 2018.