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Xbox 720 and PS4 can breed new experiences like Watchdogs

by Bill Hess on July 23, 2012

The current generation of consoles has lasted longer than any one before it. The next generation will be here soon, as Nintendo is set to kick-off the party with their Wii U hardware. Consumers and industry insiders expect the tentatively named Xbox 720 and PlayStation 4 to arrive a year later in 2013. This extended life-cycle has had its repercussions on the gaming industry according to Ubisoft’s co-founder and CEO.

“What we missed was a new console every five years,” Yves Guillemot explains to Gamasutra. “We have been penalized by the lack of new consoles on the market. It’s important for the entire industry to have new console because it helps creativity.”

Guillemot explains that it’s less risky to develop new IPs at the beginning of a generation. “Our customers are very open to new things,” said Guillemot. As we’ve seen thus far, Ubisoft will have a big presence in Nintendo’s launch lineup for the Wii U later this year.

“I think Nintendo has very often surprised us, so you never know,” he says. “I think they’ve created something good, if the customer uses everything they have created, I think we can see a good success with that machine. That type of collaboration can be fun and also challenging at the same time. It’s something has never been done before. … Those guys are taking lots of risks with the games they create — and they’re extremely successful.”

Being one of the biggest publishers in the industry, Ubisoft has consistently stepped up to the plate when it comes to new hardware releases. When the “Xbox 720″ and “PS4″ are finally confirmed, you can expect Ubisoft to be there yet again.

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    The wii u is already outdated because microsoft already has tablet support for xbox! Ahahaha and next gen is a year away ahehehoo omg what morons


    ^ Shut up -_- you’re making a fool of yourself.

  • bmb0815

    The fact that I want this game now disproves his whole theory about us not wanting new IPs at the end of a consoles life cycle, as long as it is a good game with a good story and good gameplay mechanics (need more details on Watchdogs but the demo looked really good). Also the reason new consoles aren’t needed or aren’t out yet is probably due in part to the 4+ year recession that is still going on (not everyone is or makes as much as a CEO), a lot of people have some money to buy new games on occasion but not a new console because when you buy a new console you also have to get 1-2 games for the new console and at least one extra controller for the console to make it worth getting and that’s not counting any recharging devices or memory cards or possible services if PlayStation starts charging or Microsoft live goes up or doesn’t transfer over so that’s $700 more or less a lot bigger investment then $60.

    Plus I’m not sure about everybody but when I buy a new console if there are sequels to a game I’ve been playing on launch as well as new IPs I’m going for the sequel to finish or continue the story because I know it should be good. I’m thinking I just spent a lot of money on this new system so I want to make sure I am going to enjoy my time with it because I can’t buy tons of games right now after dropping $700 or more on what I just bought. If the new systems aren’t out yet that is a couple of hundred dollars I could spend on games and be more willing to try a new IP because I still have money to get all the sequels I want if the new IP ends up sucking. But again maybe that’s just me.

    I’m not saying we don’t need new consoles sometime soon but don’t use that as an excuse to say that’s why you’re not getting good games or new IPs and only sequels because I’ll gladly buy Watchdogs on my 360 if it is truly open world and like what the demo left me thinking which is Assassins Creed, Splinter Cell, and Grand Theft Auto combined with awesome hacking abilities thrown in for extra oomph. Plus if I had a Ps3 The Last of Us looks like an amazing new IP as well and I would definitely buy it to try out and again if it ended up sucking I still have money to buy games like Assassins Creed 3 or Splinter Cell Blacklist that are on my must buy list.

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