Inside the world’s biggest video game studio, Ubisoft, located in Montreal, a constantly growing team of designers works on what will become one of last year’s most popular games, For Honor. The sprawling narrative to the game and innovative approach to first-hand multiplayer combat pushes the limits of what is possible in this fictional universe. For Honor stages an epic war between Vikings, Knights, and Samurai. The game asks its online players to acquire a worldview which blurs the lines between good and evil, positing that there are only choices and that some yield ‘good’ results, whereas others may not. The stakes are incredibly high to make a ‘hit’ game in today’s market. Like the game’s characters, the creators face adversity that will take their personal lives to the breaking point. It will have them question why they began this project in the first place, and examine how they might finish the project with honour. This compelling peek behind studio doors gives insight into this creative industry.
Themes: business, marketing, mental health, animation, the creative process
Advisory: Some strong language occurs, sparingly.
Feature film recommended for grades 8-12 (ages 14+)