Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot recently discussed the future of gaming — then again, what major video game exec hasn’t? With the Wii U set to launch in just a couple of months and the PS4 and Xbox 720 likely arriving next year, the current state of gaming is going to change dramatically.
In an interview with The Guardian, Mr. Guillemot explained that the ability to continue a game, regardless of what device it is on, will be crucial going forward.
You should be able use whatever device you have, wherever you are, to continue a game. What I see for the future is that you’ll be able to take console and PC titles wherever you are, whether that’s the full experience or [a modified experience for smartphones] where you can prepare for the main game or react to things happening in the world.
The publishing exec went on to then discuss games specifically, explaining that as games continue to grow in scope, we’ll begin to see less and less big budget titles. “With next gen consoles, it’s going toward bigger games, and yes, we will make less of them,” he said.
According to Guillemot however, less costly free-to-play games will be able to innovate and take more risks. “But with free-to-play games, the teams aren’t as big so we can try different things and find subjects that are of interest to consumers.”
One thing’s for certain, we’re headed toward an interesting and ever-evolving future, let’s just hope that it doesn’t suck.