There’s no denying the fact that we’re on the cusp of the next generation, as developers including Ubisoft Toronto’s Jade Raymond continue to speak out on the need for new technology.
Speaking to Gamasutra at this year’s Game Developers Conference, Raymond emphasized the need for the industry to move forward, pointing out that the next generation of home console hardware likely won’t be the last.
There’s always going to be a market for the very high end, whatever that high end is. If consoles eventually become the holodeck – and I can only have that at home, I’m going to want that.
It’s going to be something you can’t get walking to the bus. … That high-end experience needs to be beefed up with our top hardware – but more and more we’re going to have to think about what people’s experiences are.
While Ubisoft is currently placing a major emphasis on the home console market with titles like Far Cry 3 and Assassin’s Creed III, Raymond mentions that while the console sector of the market isn’t going anywhere, other areas of the industry are beginning to grow as gaming continues to evolve.
We, for sure, have to get started on the next technologies moving forward. And that’s not just consoles. We have to start experimenting with mobile and social also. The gaming industry is changing rapidly.
Raymond and her team are currently working on the next Splinter Cell game at Ubisoft Toronto, a title which we still know very little about.