Amidst fears that they’ll be taken over by Vivendi, Ubisoft’s vice president of live operations shared her thoughts on the matter, saying that the publisher “wouldn’t be the same.”
"I know for a fact, having been there for 20 years, that if you [separate] us from our independence, if you take away the way we like taking risks and inventing new stuff, well it’s not going to be the same Ubisoft--for me, it wouldn’t be the same,” said Anne Blondel in an interview with PCGamesN (via GameSpot).
"I know what made us so successful for 30 years, is being super independent, being very autonomous,” she added.
Blondel went on to talk about the range of games that wouldn’t exist had Ubisoft not had the freedom to experiment.
"Sometimes we take a lot of risks, you think about The Crew, that was a risk. People would look at that like, 'Maybe it’s not going to work, another racing game, what are you thinking?' Child of Light, Valiant Hearts, all those kinds of titles."
Vivendi – a French multimedia company – has had its eye on Ubisoft for a while now, slowly buying up shares in the publisher. Ubisoft has attempted to counter these efforts by appointing their own independent directors, but it hasn’t deterred Vivendi, who recently gained over 21 percent of voting rights. Vivendi have also disrupted Ubisoft’s day-to-day running by abstaining on voting on resolutions.
Current Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot said that he would not continue to work under a Vivendi-owned Ubisoft.