Ubisoft CEO discusses Higher Next-Gen Preorders and the need for Open-World Games

According to Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot in a discussion with Games Industry Biz, “some retailers” are reporting pre-orders for the Xbox One and PS4 exceeding the previous generation of consoles by at least two times. Out of the top five most pre-ordered games for both the Xbox One and the PS4 were Watch Dogs and Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag. Both are Ubisoft games.

In fact, Ubisoft’s most recent earnings call detailed a different way of thinking about the future for the company, especially considering the success it’s had with open-world games. And as Yves said, “Open worlds are the clear direction where game genres are evolving.”

Yves cited the open-world’s effect on gaming, referencing games such as Grand Theft Auto for the action genre, Skyrim for RPGs, and Assassin’s Creed and Far Cry 3 for adventure and FPS genre. Yves believes The Crew will change driving games in the same open-world way. And let’s not forget about the stealth genre, what with the upcoming magnum opus from Hideo Kojima in Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain.

Speaking with Joystiq, Guillemot stated his belief that Ubisoft needs to “release open-world [games] on a regular basis.”

“We have put to the market nine open-world games over the last seven years, including two in 2013,” said Guillemot. “This is by far an unmatched performance. Through those years, we have developed technologies, we have grown the experience of our teams, we have put in place pre-sized processes to ensure efficient collaboration between multiple studios working simultaneously on the same massive maps. This gives us a unique opportunity in the industry to bring open-world on a regular basis.”

While no one can deny the impact of open-world games, is it really healthy for the games industry to continue to be flooded with what will eventually amount to the same game over and over again? Discuss.

Source: PlayStation Lifestyle