Ubisoft has officially confirmed that they will be closing down their Moroccan based studio, Casablanca, on the 13th of June. The 18 year old studio was best known for its work on various handheld titles although some of its most well known games have been released on home consoles – those being Rayman Legends, Child of Light and, our favourite, Valiant Hearts. Ubisoft Mobile exec., Jean-Michel Detoc, had the following to say on the studio’s closure:
“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.”
Gamasutra has reached out to Ubisoft to ask about the future of the studio’s employees and has learned that the publisher is “working with the team to find positions within Ubisoft or assistance for those who will no longer work for the company.” It’s obviously a sad day for the 48 employees that worked at the studio and we hope that they can find work within the near future.