Ubisoft Decides to Release More Open-World Games.
Yves Guillemot, CEO of Ubisoft, has stated that the company should be releasing open-world games “on a regular basis.” During a post-earnings financial call, Guillemot said that they should be shipping open-world games more frequently, as it seems that the market is evolving in that direction.
Speaking about the issue, he stated,”We need to release open-world games on a regular basis. Open-world has proved to be the clear direction where game genres evolve. It began with GTA for the action segment, then it happened to adventure with Assassin’s Creed; to the RPG with Skyrim and last year was its first major entry into FPS with Far Cry 3. The Crew showed at E3 that it can also be a big differentiator for the driving segment and excitement around The Division confirms how relevant it is to RPG games.”
Guillemot referenced the fact that Ubisoft has released nine open-world games in the last seven years, two of those releasing this very year. He went on to describe Ubisoft’s “unmatched performance”, saying that the company has a “unique capacity” for this kind of work because of their strong network of studios.
He continued by describing five “online and social breakthroughs” that he believes will be required in future Ubisoft titles to ensure that gamers stay engaged and make the game last them as long as is possible. “Those breakthroughs are systemic gameplay, co-op and social, low barriers to entry, user-generated content, and personalized experience through analytics.”
Ubisoft’s next big open-world game ,Watch Dogs, releases on November 19th for the Xbox 360, Playstation 3, Wii U, and PC. Both Xbox One and Playstation 4 versions will be made and will release at some point during the holiday season.