UBISOFT ENTERTAINMENT : UBISOFT ENTERTAINMENT : UBISOFT® ACQUIRES REMAINING
STAKE IN RELATED DESIGNS®
UBISOFT^®ACQUIRES REMAINING STAKE IN RELATED DESIGNS^®
PARIS, FRANCE - April 11, 2013 - Today, Ubisoft announced the acquisition of
Related Designs, a leading German development studio for PC strategy games,
including the critically-acclaimed Anno^TM franchise. Ubisoft previously owned
29.95% of the company and is acquiring the remaining 70.05% in a cash
Established in 1995, Related Designs is a highly accomplished studio known for
creating the award-winning PC titles Anno 1701^TM, Anno 1404^TM, Anno 2070^®
as well as real-time strategy games such as No Man's Land and Castle Strike.
As part of Ubisoft, Related Designs' experienced 65-person staff will continue
development of the browser-based free-to-play MMO game Might & Magic^®
Heroes^® Online, and will work on future titles in partnership with Blue Byte,
a Ubisoft studio.
"Bringing the talented teams from Related Designs into the fold at Ubisoft is
a mutually beneficial evolution of the relationship that we've had with this
great studio for the past six years," said Odile Limpach, Managing Director at
Ubisoft's Blue Byte studio. "This extremely fruitful cooperation can now
advance thanks to the joint teams of Blue Byte and Related Designs more easily
sharing experiences and resources. Together we will continue developing
awesome games, including Might and Magic Heroes Online, which we hope will
become a leading free-to-play title for Ubisoft."
"We're happy to formally join Ubisoft," said Thomas Pottkämper, Managing
Director, Related Designs. "This move validates our longstanding partnership
and provides our teams with additional resources to expand upon their great
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