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Ubisoft NEXT

is an annual competition designed to showcase the talent of video game development students in Ontario and to help kickstart their careers in the industry.

Are you up to the challenge?

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Be inspired

Kickstart your career in the industry with a paid apprenticeship and spend the summer learning from the studio’s top talent.

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Be creative

Showcase your creativity and technical skill in one of six disciplines.

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Be NEXT

Last year, 12 students made the transition from student to game developer at Ubisoft Toronto through this program. Are you NEXT?

Submissions

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In the 3D Art challenge (previously the Modelling challenge) create a 3D video game environment diorama of one of the scenes provided in an outlined story. Incorporate details and complexity that support your interpretation.

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OCTOBER 4, 2022

Submissions open

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MARCH 5, 2023

Submission deadline

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Create a 3D CG animation based on an issued theme that shows off your skills. Submissions should highlight your attention to detail, use of believable body mechanics and creativity.

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OCTOBER 4, 2022

Submissions opens

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MARCH 5, 2023

Submission deadline

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Bring a story to life. In the Concept Art challenge create your submission while paying close attention to broad descriptions and important details that will support your interpretation of the visuals.

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OCTOBER 4, 2022

Submissions opens

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MARCH 5, 2023

Submission deadline

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Showcase your problem-solving skills and experience with game engines, as you plan your design from concept to playability.

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OCTOBER 4, 2022

Submissions open

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NOVEMBER 10, 2022

Game Design creative brief released

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NOVEMBER 27, 2022

Game Design creative brief submission deadline

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FEBRUARY 5, 2023

Game Design detailed design submission deadline

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Apply your design sensibilities across the two-part Level Design challenge that will represent the production journey a mission takes, from its earliest “on paper” pitch to its very first appearance “on screen.”

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OCTOBER 4, 2022

Submissions open

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DECEMBER 4, 2022

Phase 1 submission deadline

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JANUARY 22, 2023

Phase 2 submission deadline

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MARCH 5, 2023

Final phase submission deadline

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Through this technical gameplay challenge, you will create and submit a game made entirely in C++ using a provided API. The API will be available for download at least one month before the challenge weekend.

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OCTOBER 4, 2022

Submissions open

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JANUARY 13, 2023

Programming API released

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MARCH 3, 2023

Programming brief released

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MARCH 5, 2023

Submission deadline

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Technical Art is a unique melding of art and technical knowledge. Create a technical interpretation of an artistic challenge, while ensuring that the production of the game is achievable.

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OCTOBER 4, 2022

Submissions opens

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MARCH 5, 2023

Submission deadline

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Combine your creative design with research and analysis to create an enriched and accessible player experience.

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OCTOBER 4, 2022

Submissions open

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NOVEMBER 27, 2022

Phase 1 submission deadline

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MARCH 5, 2023

Final phase submission deadline

Ubisoft NEXT Eligibility

Noreen Rana with NEXT User Interface 2019 winner
Noreen Rana with NEXT User Interface 2019 winner

To be eligible you must:

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Currently attend OR have graduated from an Ontario post-secondary school no earlier than Spring 2021

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Be an Ontario student or recent graduate with less than 2 years of professional experience in game development

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Reside in Ontario

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Be eligible to work in Canada

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Submit the challenge individually. Team-based submissions will not be reviewed

Full details on eligibility and submission requirements can be found within each brief.

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From school to studio

Meet NEXT winners who made the transition from students to Ubisoft Toronto game developers

Meet Jessica Le

2021 NEXT Technical Art Winner and current Technical Artist at Ubisoft Toronto

Check out her top tip for anyone looking to break into the video game industry with Ubisoft Toronto NEXT.

Meet Josh Garcia

2019 NEXT Level Design Winner and current Level Designer at Ubisoft Toronto

Learn how NEXT and his supportive team helped kickstart his career in game design.

Meet David Kolodko

2017 NEXT Animation Winner and current Gameplay Animator at Ubisoft Toronto

Discover how NEXT helped him break into the video game industry and kickstart his career.

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