Ubisoft: Future Games Simultaneously Developed for Current and Next Generation Consoles
When Ubisoft announced Watch Dogs at E3 earlier this year, everyone was taken aback by the new game’s shockingly beautiful graphics. Many were also puzzled by the unusual fact that Ubisoft was announcing a new IP at the end of the PS3 and 360′s life-cycles.
Although Watch Dogs wasn’t specifically named, Ubisoft indicated that their future games will see a simultaneous release between the current and upcoming console generation of consoles, when speaking during their first half financial results:
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. We don’t know about the third year, when we will take full advantage of the capacity of the consoles.
This shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone, since it was a common occurrence at the beginning of the PS3′s life-cycle. Hell, until this year, EA was still developing annual Madden, and FIFA games for the PS2.
Do you think Watch Dogs and other upcoming graphical juggernauts such as Metal Gear: Ground Zeroes are PlayStation 4-bound?