Ubisoft has announced its future plans to tap the massive Chinese mobile market by launching new games for smartphones. As a part of the continuing partnership between Ubisoft and Chinese game distributor Ourpalm, the two will work to bring two smartphone games - -an unnamed Assassin’s Creed Massively Multiplayer Online (MMO) game, and Hungry Shark World - to China.
The Assassin’s Creed franchise is quite famous for its open world action-adventure genre and it’s not hard to imagine an entry in the series as an MMORPG. Meanwhile, Hungry Shark World is the sequel to Hungry Shark Evolution, and is also hugely popular in other countries amassing a respectable user rating of 4.5/5 on Google Play.
A collaboration between Ubisoft and Ourpalm has existed since 2014 when the two announced Hungry Shark Evolution. The new games will be developed by Ourpalm’s development team in the Beijing studio in collaboration with Ubisoft Montreal.
Meanwhile, Ubisoft is also quite optimistic about its position in the Chinese market as well. Aurelien Palasse, Ubisoft’s head of publishing for Greater China stated that:
Hungry Shark mania is on in China and we are really confident with the launch of this new episode, which is even bigger, hungrier, and sharkier.
The storyline of the new Assassin’s Creed game has not been announced as of yet, but it is a project Ourpalm is apparently looking forward to producing and publishing. Zhang Pei, VP of operations Ourpalm, stated that he has "huge expectations" for the upcoming Assassin's Creed game and that his team "can’t wait to show the Assassin’s Creed community in China what the game is about". The company has not clarified as of yet if it plans to release the game in markets other than China.