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Saturday, Jan 18, 2020

Ubisoft Shakeup to Improve Gaming Experience

A statement on VGC from Ubisoft announces a shakeup to the company's editorial team to create more varied gameplay experiences. They tie this back to last year's news that the publisher/developer was delaying three games to rethink their approach after disappointment in the response to Ghost Recon Breakpoint and The Division 2. VGC says: "It’s believed that by spreading editorial’s responsibilities across a group of leaders, the team can help bring a more distinct identity to their respective games. VGC was also told that simply expanding the group’s resources and giving it some presence outside of Paris could have just as much of a positive impact." They offer this quote from an anonymous source: "In the previous system that editorial had, there were often the ideas of just one or two people getting put into every game. That’s why you tended to see such similarity, because it’s the same taste and opinion being replicated." Here's the short statement on the topic from Ubisoft:
“We are reinforcing our editorial team to be more agile and better accompany our development teams around the world as they create the best gaming experiences for players.”

Out of the Blue

Looking forward to a visit today from our friends from our old neighborhood, including the twins and Jedi the Jindo. This is for a sleepover, representing a milestone in getting our new home in order after the delivery of all our possessions made the place look like an episode of a hoarders show. There's still work to be done to get rid of more stuff and get what remains in order, but that is now mostly concentrated down here in my office/mancave. So all-in-all most of the place is in pretty good order now, which is really encouraging.

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