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Ubisoft developing current and next-gen titles in tandem, Watch Dogs still on for 2013

Tuesday, 6th November 2012 19:58 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot has said the firm is currently developing titles for current and next-gen systems simultaneously, and reiterated a 2013 release for Watch Dogs during a financial call to investors today.

According to Guillemot, costs for development on next-gen systems was not known, as the firm is working on the titles alongside current-gen systems offerings.

“For the first two years [of next gen development], because we are making our games on next gen and old gen at the same time, we expect the overall [development] costs will not increase,” he said. “We don’t know about the third year, when we will take full advantage of the capacity of the consoles.”

Guillemot expects revenue per product to increase” and said the “lifespan of next generation games will be longer,” due to new and current game elements such as microtransactions.

Titles in development for next-gen weren’t mentioned, but for next year’s slate, Guillemot re-confirmed Watch Dogs will release during 2013.

As for Wii U, Guillemot said Ubisoft is becoming “more and more positive” regarding the console’s launch, and expects 6% of the company’s sales during the second half of the current financial year to come from Wii U software sales.

“Wii U will drive the industry next year,” Guillemot said.

Thanks CVG.

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  1. Moonwalker1982

    So they really are bringing this to current consoles huh? Wouldn’t be surprised to see a version for the new consoles as well. I think alot of people are expecting Sony and MS to reveal their new systems next year, but if the release is in 2013 remains to be seen. Watch_Dogs could be one of the very last promising games for the current consoles.

    #1 2 years ago
  2. OlderGamer

    What, if anything, does this say about the actual differences between current and next gen system? Because to me, it says that the differences between the system isn’t that big. It also may well be a concern of pubs about abandoning the sizable current user base in favor of new hardware.

    Nothing unexpected really. I think there is a lot of milage still left in this current gen Moonwalker, and if you can put your games out for both current and new systems…bonus.

    I am personaly expecting a slow adoption rate of all three of the new systems when they launch. Unless the major market economies dramaticly pick up.

    #2 2 years ago