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Assassin’s Creed 4 and Watch Dogs will harness the power of new hardware

by William Schwartz

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If you’ve been through a console launch before, you’ve likely been in the situation where “next-gen” games don’t live up to they hype. Traditionally, it’s taken developers some time to realize the potential of new hardware, and when multiple versions of games arrive, the next-gen versions appear to be little more than ports. We saw it for a while at the onset of the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, but Ubisoft doesn’t think this will be the case with the Xbox One and PS4.

The first games on Xbox One and PS4 will be miles better than previous generations

Speaking in a recent interview with Computer and Video Games, Alain Corre of Ubisoft revealed that his company’s games will be taking full advantage of the new hardware.

“It does take time to master new technology,” Corre stated, “but this time we’ve been able to partner with Sony on PS4 and Microsoft on Xbox One early. We’ve been able to understand the core architecture of the console and have aligned our production capacities and creativity on what we feel they can bring… What we see today is that, for the very first time, the first generation of games on PS4 and Xbox One will be miles, miles better than the first generation of games we used to have at the launch of previous consoles.”

Ubisoft has two big games on the way to both the current and next-gen hardware. Their mainstay Assassin’s Creed series will arrive next month and then release in November for the PS4 and Xbox One. Their new franchise, WatchDogs, is also set for a dual generation release.

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