Ubisoft’s Next Gen Plans: An AAA Racing game, Massive’s Online RPG, Watch Dogs, Cloud
The next generation is fast approaching, so we’ve taken a look at what one of this gen’s biggest devs is planning. Here’s what we know about Ubisoft’s next gen games and products:
Watch Dogs is coming to PS3 and 360, but it probably won’t look as pretty as the reveal trailer which ran on a very high end PC. But don’t worry, it’s probably coming to next gen consoles too. Not only does it seem logical, but we’ve uncovered a Ubisoft employee’s LinkedIn who says that he’s “currently working on Watch_Dogs as Texturer Shader artist” and also “working on current and next gen title : modeling and textures”. One plus one equals two.
Next up – it looks like Ubisoft has plans for a next gen console racer. Ubisoft Montpellier to be precise, the guys and gals behind Rayman, Beyond Good & Evil and ZombiU. We know because this guy’s LinkedIn told us. By the sounds of it, he started working on the game in August ’11, although development may have begun earlier. Ubisoft Reflections are known for the Driver series, and Nadeo for TrackMania, so it will be interesting to see if this is a new IP.
They’re also working on an undisclosed Wii U family game, oh joy.
A while back it was reported that Massive was developing an AAA RPG. No one really paid notice, but now they’ve helped with the excellent Far Cry 3, it might be time to start hoping. Here’s some more info – it’s for next gen platforms, as this LinkedIn states, and, considering that individual’s history of working on MMOs and the game being described as an “Online RPG” it could possibly be an MMO. Meanwhile, this job listing by the developer asks for “experience developing third-person action games” as well as “experience working on an online multiplayer, co-operative or open-world game project”. This listing puts the development team’s size as 250, so it’s certainly not something to be trifled with.
Ubisoft Shanghai may also be involved as they’re working on a “‘Confidential Title’ Next-gen Console (RPG)”
Perhaps the most interesting, but also least concrete, job listing is one for their Cloud Computing Team. Translated from French, the ad looks for people “who want to build the future of the video game industry”, adding “Ubisoft is currently seeking talent to ensure the development of projects to a whole new gaming experience!” It continues:
Be part of the R & D team responsible Ubisoft technological developments for Cloud Computing.
With your creativity and your desire to take on new challenges in the entertainment industry you work in teams to design, develop, validate and support innovative technology solutions to develop cloud services and optimize the production of AAA games multisite.
It’s a bit of stretch to suggest that this means that Ubisoft is working on their own cloud service, however, due to the broad meaning of cloud computing.
Not much to go on with this one, but Ubisoft Montreal is creating “a new unannounced Next Gen IP”, with this developer having worked on it from December 2011 to February 2012. Perhaps it is included in her dev reel from the same period:
Along with all this, it’s important to note that Ubisoft has more obvious games in development, like a next gen Assassin’s Creed. If, for some reason, you don’t believe us, this dev is working “on the Assassin’s Creed Franchise” as well as an “unannounced next-gen title”.
Prince of Persia is also heavily rumored to be rebooted next gen, and Beyond Good & Evil 2 has to come out one day… maybe. This Ghost Recon developer is doing R&D on next gen consoles, while this Ghost Recon dev is working on “a new next gen AAA game” – make of that what you will. Sadly, however, Ubisoft did say that they plan to make less games next gen, just have them being bigger.
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