Ubisoft absolutely loves console launches. Quick to support every fresh system, and first to demand the death of old ones, the company has already expressed its desire to see swifter deaths for the PS4 and Next Xbox, all so it can move onto the next big thing.
"No we don't want to wait seven years for the next one," CEO Yves Guillemot told MCV. "We will have cloud gaming that will improve over time, for sure. And we certainly have enough novelties for a few years.
"The consoles have taken a long time, we've been saying it for a long time. It's really once those consoles come that we can let creative people more risk, and they feel they can take more risk because new consoles can be more open.
"They have so many features that they can play with. It's easier to be a creative person with new consoles, because after four years of people using all the capacity, it's harder to be innovative. With PS4, we will see new ideas and new ways to approach gamers. And that will excite consumers and excite creators."
Personally, I have to wonder how much risk is going to be taken at all this coming generation. The current one has become so steeped in fear, so drenched in an atmosphere of homogenization and safe bets, I'm thinking it'll take more than a new set of consoles to get the life back into the party.
Similarly to what I said about Cliffy B's belief that a digital future will make horror games return to the mainstream, I reckon these established publishers are more content with doing the same old stuff, rather than reinvent anything about the way they do things. Over the past few years they dug deeper and deeper into the burrows of familiarity, a problem that'll likely get worse as consoles face more and more competition from other forms of entertainment.
I could be wrong, I hope I'm wrong, but I think the culture of the game making business is what needs a rebirth, not the hardware.
|2:00 PM on 03.10.2013|
Pachter: Next-gen games cost $70, no more consoles after
[Update: Keighley has produced another slide in which Pachter predicts that "Durango" will be the generation leader because it has a TV tuner and Skype. Also, there will be no more publisher bankruptcies. Yeah, fat chance.] W...more
|7:00 PM on 03.09.2013|
ScrewAttack TOTALLY has the skinny on Xbox 720
While the rest of the world awaits the proper Xbox 720 reveal, ScrewAttack managed to learn all the juicy details and spoil the whole mess. Behold, Microsoft's grand master plan to edge out the PlayStation 4 juuuuuuuuuust sl...more
|1:00 AM on 03.06.2013|
Head of Xbox doesn't view Valve as a competitor
Valve's Steam Box is going to be a real big deal, but Microsoft's Don Mattrick, president of Xbox's Interactive Entertainment Business, doesn't think so. Verge reports that when asked whether he views Valve as a competitor du...more
|4:30 PM on 02.25.2013|
Eidos co-founder says next Xbox won't play used games
Eidos co-founder Ian Livingston doesn't see a digital-only system this generation, but he suggests the next Xbox will require an always-on internet connection and will feature marked discs that prevent sharing games across sy...more
|12:15 PM on 02.22.2013|
XboxEvent.com registered, industry expects April event
Immediately following Sony's big shindig this week, event planners Eventcore have registered the URL XboxEvent.com. And we're talking right after, yesterday, Feb. 21. NeoGAF points out that these are the same folks that are l...more
|4:00 PM on 02.18.2013|
Trends of this Generation: The PC-ification of consoles
Last week, we covered the trend of consoles as an all in one media center. The trend is very noticeable, but it is part of a much larger trend that happened over the generation. It's a trend that I feel a lot of people o...more
|10:15 AM on 02.18.2013|
Crytek: It's impossible for next-gen consoles to beat PCs
Crytek CEO Cevat Yerli doesn't sound too impressed by the prospect of a new console generation -- in fact, he claims Crysis 3 running on a high-end PC is already ahead of future competition. The ruling factor here, according ...more
|10:15 AM on 02.08.2013|
GameStop: Next Xbox will hurt if it blocks used games
GameStop, North America's most powerful games retailer, has addressed rumors of the "Next Xbox" shutting out the used game market. The seller of secondhand games believes Microsoft's next system will hurt if it introduces cod...more
|8:30 AM on 02.06.2013|
Next Xbox always online? Blocks used games? Not buying it
More rumors are surfacing surrounding Microsoft's next generation Xbox system, fittingly nicknamed Next Xbox. Once again, the new gossip spells gloom and doom for fans of used games, suggesting Next Xbox will demand an always...more
|11:40 PM on 06.18.2013|
Here's The DTOID Show E3 Wrap-up!
Hey everybody! We're back from E3, and boy are our arms tired. From playing video games, but also from making cartoonish flapping motions. We ran down what came out of Microsoft, Sony, and Nintendo's respective press conferences, as well as our personal favorites, and then listed off the Destructoid Best Of E3 winners. Now, we take naps.more
|1:00 PM on 06.18.2013|
Destructoid's Best of E3 2013 winners!
Titanfall already took home our Game of the Show award for E3 2013. So what about the rest of the categories and games? Well after some much needed rest and relaxation we've decided the rest of the winners for all our categor...more
|7:30 PM on 06.17.2013|
What most excited you during E3 2013? - The Question
This has been a fairly thrilling Electronic Entertainment Expo in a lot of ways. Hard not to be when two out of the three major console competitors are showing off brand new hardware and all the new games which come along with that. But what was the most exciting aspect of this year's E3? Watch the video to hear what we think and answer The Question for yourself in the comments below.more