Ubisoft workers have raised their voices in various parts of the world in search of better working conditions. However, everything indicates that the company in the hands of Yves Guillemot has not done everything possible to meet the demands of its developers.
In a new report, creatives at Ubisoft’s Paris offices denounced crunch and a “morally and physically exhausting” environment. Specifically, they talked about the creation of Just Dance 2023 and revealed that the development process was hell.
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Thanks to a report from NME, we know that developing Just Dance 2023 was not easy for the Ubisoft Paris team. Employees say that those responsible for the project demanded goals with deadlines that were difficult to meet.
Added to this are poor planning decisions that further complicated the creation of the game. A creative claimed that they were asked to change the engine 11 months after official release. Ubisoft promised to hire more employees to reduce the workload, but never followed through on their promise.
“Once the creative vision is clear, it is presented to the technical experts and is often ‘impossible’ to achieve. Either they have no choice but to achieve the impossible, or we are forced to change everything. This is morally and physically exhausting for us.” employees,” said one developer.
They also denounced that overtime has become almost mandatory and that there are workers with shifts of 13 hours or even more. They affirm that in the meetings they were asked to work more hours outside their established schedule as a form of constant pressure.
Due to the complications that arose during the development of Just Dance 2023, the developers thought that the best option was to delay the game until 2024; however, they were required to launch it on the planned date, since it had to “be under the Christmas trees.”
An employee revealed that crunch and this work culture has also been present in all Ubisoft Paris projects. At the time of writing this, the company has not commented on the matter.
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