You heard that right. Ubisoft isn’t announcing a new game title or franchise, but a new next-generation theme park across the border in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
In a press release sent out earlier, Ubisoft revealed that the project will be led by Ubisoft Motion Pictures – the same company responsible for the Rabbids animated TV series and the upcoming Assassin’s Creed live-action movie – who has been expanding the publisher’s game brands to theme parks, such as the Rabbids Dark Ride at French Park Futuroscope.
For its first next-generation full theme park, Ubisoft Motion Pictures is partnering with RSG, co-owner and co-developer of Movie Animation Park Studios (MAPS). “Together we are creating a place where every guest is a player, every ride is a playground, every visit is a game,” said Jean de Rivières, senior vice president, Ubisoft Motion Pictures. “In RSG, we’ve found a partner with a successful track record in working with international brands, a shared ambition to design the family destination of the future, and a wealth of expertise in theme park development.” said Jean de Rivières.
The planned 10,000 square meter development will be located in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – and will feature rides, attractions and shows inspired by some of Ubisoft’s popular franchises, such as Assassin’s Creed, Just Dance and Rabbids. The park will open in 2020.
“RSG is committed to redefining family fun, and video games have taken an increasingly central role in entertainment for all ages,” said Ramelle Ramli, Chairman, RSG. “Partnering with Ubisoft means we’ll work with their creative teams to develop the first of what we believe will be a revolutionary new theme park experience. We are confident that this partnership agreement highly benefits both parties and consolidates our presence in the global family entertainment market.”
Here’s what I think will make the theme park even more awesome: include an urban paint ball arena based on the Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon series.