Ubisoft CEO: Next Generation Will Feature 'Bigger Games', But 'Less Of Them'

The Guardian currently has an interesting interview with Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot. The focus of the interview is on free-to-play, digital gaming and Ubisoft's strategy for these new business models — but Guillemot also expands on what he expects from next generation consoles, and how Ubisoft will adapt to the change.

"With next gen consoles, it's going toward bigger games, and yes, we will make less of them," he said.

We can expect similar upgrades to what we had in the past, combined with a new outlook gleaned from other types of hardware.

"I think what happens this time will be like what happened in the past," said Guillemot. "Generally, next generation consoles pick up what's interesting in the world around them – they look at what the PC experiences are, what the mobile experiences are, they look at the social elements … and then manufacturers come up with a unit that you can put in front put the TV but that takes advantage of all the innovations that have happened since the last generation, and at a price that is accessible. So for sure, the machines will be more powerful, but we can expect this generation – because they took quite a long time! – to actually come with something really new, really interesting that will boost the market enormously."

It's interesting that Guillemot expects next generation consoles to come up with something "really new" — I always believed that next generation consoles have taken so long because we're clearly in this difficult transition phase, a middle ground, and releasing something static in this environment is supremely risky.

It'll be interesting to see precisely how the next Xbox and PlayStation navigate those risks.

Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot on the future of digital gaming [The Guardian]


    Fine by me, less games should slow down my ever growing pile of shame

      And if your 'less games' still all come out in November?

        Then you get one in November, get the next one a little cheaper in the post-christmas sales, the next one when the prices drop a bit around February, and the rest from the $20 bin as you need them after that.

          Pretty much what I do now, except I won't feel bad for skipping 10 games

    Hopefully, if digital distribution is better on the next consoles, the smaller indie games will fill in the gaps. I'm all for less blockbusters and more indie titles.

    It'd be nice to have more platform exclusives which actually take advantage of the capabilities of said platform.
    ...and scrap the achievement/trophy systems too. They reduce enjoyable games to a tedious chore.

      Turn off the notifications... that should stop you 'achievement hunting'... and return it to just being a game.

      Platform exclusives hurt the bottom dollar of publishers and developers, so while you might want more platform exclusives that is not going to happen.

    The future of gaming, for me at least, will involve going through all of the past consoles, bar the current generation, and playing all of the games I've always wanted to play or never got around to playing. This model will be interspersed with high quality PC offerings.
    Viva La Retrolucion!

    Quality over quantity is always best IMO

    So we're not getting a yearly Assassins Creed anymore? I'm okay with that.

    That picture is quite old. As evidence of the original Xbox controller 'S' in Mr. Guillemot's hand.

    This sounds like a little bit of a good thing, in the sense that less games = more time developing = better games, but not if they are the kind of games kept alive for years by never ending streams of over priced DLC.

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