Video game maker to open theme park in Malaysia

Luke Graham, special to CNBC

Ubisoft, the maker of video games including "Assassin's Creed" and "Just Dance," plans to build a games-themed amusement park in Malaysia, the company announced this week.

The 10,000-square meter park will be based in Malaysia's capital city of Kuala Lumpur and will open in 2020, according to Ubisoft. It will feature rides based on the French company's popular franchises, such as Rayman Raving Rabbids.

Assassin's Creed IV from Ubisoft
Image source: Ubisoft

The project is being led by Ubisoft Motion Pictures, the company's film and TV division, which has partnered with Malaysian theme park developer RSG.

"Together, we are creating a place where every guest is a player, every ride is a playground, every visit is a game," Jean de Rivieres, senior vice-president of Ubisoft Motion Pictures, said in a press release on Monday.

RSG has already co-developed another theme park in Malaysia, called Movie Animation Park Studios.

"In RSG, we've found a partner with a successful track record in working with international brands, a shared ambition to design the family destination of the future and a wealth of expertise in theme park development," said de Rivieres.

Ubisoft's park will not be the first video game-based theme park. Angry Birds Land (based on the popular mobile game developed by Finnish company Rovio Entertainment) opened in 2012 in Finland and the U.K. also hosts an Angry Birds Activity Park.

In addition, long-standing Japanese video game developer Nintendo announced in May that it was developing rides with Comcast-owned Universal Parks & Resorts.

A statue of Nintendo's video-game character Mario
Nintendo, Universal team up for theme park attractions

—Disclosure: Universal Parks & Resorts is a division of NBCUniversal, the parent company of CNBC. and CNBC.com.