Last Friday, we welcomed very excited students at the studio to kick off our annual Ubisoft Game Lab Competition. The traditional unveiling took place simultaneously in Montreal, Quebec and Saguenay studios.
The 20 participating teams from across Quebec embarked on an adventure that will lead them to produce, in just ten weeks, a playable prototype.
For this tenth edition, it’s Philippe Fournier, producer on the Far Cry brand, who is the head of the jury. Coincidentally, he is celebrating his tenth Ubiversary, just like the Contest.
“The Game Lab Competition is an opportunity for students to experience their first cycle of game production while being supervised by the Ubisoft ecosystem. Through this experience, they will be able to experience all the energy that inhabits us as developers at the start of this long process. This is an opportunity for the next generation to push their limits, both creative and technological. Each participant will accumulate knowledge that can only be acquired in a challenge like this, “explains Philippe.
This year, the theme that will guide them through all the stages of creation is GENERATION. We really want the participants to own it and interpret it in their own way. Whether it’s in the narrative (the main character must cross generations and save humanity), in the gameplay (all members of a family must cooperate to fulfill a mission) than on the technical level (procedural generation), the possibilities are endless!
“I can’t wait to see how the next generation will find a way to surprise us. We have chosen a rich and evocative theme that echoes the new technological cycle that the industry is facing today. We also want to inspire them to bring together multiple generations around playful experiences in which each member of the family can participate and have fun ”added Philippe.
The Game Lab Competition is one of Ubisoft Education initiatives aiming to prepare the next generation of Quebecers for the professions of the future. The adventure ends with the annual Gala at the end of April, during which the jury awards nine prizes and $ 22,000 in scholarships to deserving teams. Ubisoft is committed to offering internships and / or jobs to a minimum of 10 participants who will have stood out during the competition. Last year, more than 30 of them joined the Ubisoft family.
“This edition promises to be memorable and we want each participant to leave their mark on the next generation of games! “- Philippe
We wish everyone good luck and we look forward to find out how far the teams will push their creativity!
Photo credits: Sébastien Clermont-Petit