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Ubisoft: Next Console Generation Will Be the Last

Oh boy, here we go again. As technology continues to evolve with each generation, there’s always a few industry prophets foretelling the final demise of consoles. Just two years ago, Microsoft’s Aaron Greenberg expressed his belief that
we’re already in the final console generation, and industry analyst Michael Pachter said the same the year before that.

This time around it’s Ubisoft. Speaking with Variety, company co-founder and CEO Yves Guillemot predicted one final generation of consoles before the end. After that, Guillemot says we’ll all be streaming across a variety of platforms instead of any dedicated hardware.

“I think we will see another generation, but there is a good chance that step-by-step we will see less and less hardware. With time, I think streaming will become more accessible to many players and make it not necessary to have big hardware at home. There will be one more console generation and then after that, we will be streaming, all of us.”

“It is going to help the AAA game industry grow much faster. We have to work on the accessibility of those games, to make sure they can be played on any device, but the fact that we will be able to stream those games on mobile phones and television screens without a console is going to change a lot of the industry.”

“There are quite a few people that are working on streaming, like Nvidia. So, we think it’s a trend and that it will continue to evolve. Eventually, the technology will improve dramatically, which will allow us to have a very smooth experience in the big cities of the world.”
— Yves Guillemot

Obviously Microsoft’s prediction that this is already the final generation is false, as
Sony has already announced a launch window for their next console. Will Yves turn out to be correct next generation, or will we keep singing this same song for decades to come?

Source: Variety

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Ubisoft is in Talks to Bring a Series to Netflix

Film adaptations of video games are becoming increasingly more popular in recent years, and Ubisoft is no stranger to this trend. Ubisoft is currently planning to launch multiple movies in the coming years, including big names like Assassin’s Creed and Watch Dogs. The Ubisoft brand could be expanded even further in the future, as CEO Yves Guillemot recently told reporters that his company is currently in talks with Netflix to create a series. Unfortunately, we don’t know at this time which franchise they are looking to bring to Netflix, but we’ll be on the lookout for any updates to this story going forward.

Source: Reuters

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Nintendo Week Tries (and Miserably Fails) to Discuss Pokémon, NX, Shovel Knight’s Big Cameo, & More

There are tons of gaming podcasts in the wild, but Nintendo Week stands alone as it recaptures all the fun of Nintendo in the form of a weekly show. Every episode brings news recaps, discussions, games, music, and more to create a show for all kinds of Nintendo fans, whether they’re new or old, passionate or passing-by.

This week the crew lost the episode we were recording, but Colin comes to save the day with an episode of his own, recounting everything that got deleted. I promise there are some good parts. You can check out the episode below—or if you’d like to save it to listen later, you can
check the latest episode out on iTunes, available now.



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Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot Says NX Will Put Nintendo “Back in the Race”

When Nintendo first unveiled Wii U, Ubisoft was one of their strongest supporters. However, when it became apparent that Nintendo’s first HD console would only sell a fraction of the units its predecessor sold (13.02 million Wii U sales vs. 101.63 million Wii sales at the last count), Ubisoft pulled most of its support, and many key titles skipped the console. Nintendo will be aiming to avoid running into similar problems with their next console, NX, and early indications from Ubisoft are extremely positive.

Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot has praised NX several times in the past, calling it “really great” and “a fantastic machine,” while stating that his company will support the console. He has also expressed his beliefs that NX will attract more casual gamers to the industry and that Nintendo has learned from the Wii U.

Guillemot expressed optimism for NX once again today, perhaps giving it his strongest endorsement yet in a meeting with stockholders. Journalist Chloé Woitier reports that Guillemot told the company’s investors that he expects Nintendo to be “back in the race” thanks to NX. Guillemot didn’t outline any specific sales projection, but he’s expecting it to have a bigger impact than Wii U.

Source: Chloé Woitier (via NeoGAF)

Note: The image used here is a fan-made mock-up and not an official image of Nintendo’s NX.

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Ubisoft’s CEO Says Nintendo Learned from Wii U, and the NX is “a Fantastic Machine”

Earlier this year, Ubisoft’s CEO Yves Guillemot praised Nintendo’s NX in an interview and said it will “take lots more casual players back in the industry.” Recently, Guillemot has been speaking about the NX some more and said that the console is “a fantastic machine” with a new approach, and they “love it.” In another interview, he explained that Nintendo has learned from the mistakes they made with the Wii U, and the company has “built in something that will give us chance to really have a different experience from what exists today.”

Here are the full quotes from Guillemot:

“The new Nintendo [console] is a fantastic machine. It’s really a new approach, it’s really Nintendo, [which is] coming with something new again. We love it.

“We always take disruptions on the positive side. We think each time that it’s an opportunity for our creators to take more risks. When a machine is installed, there are a certain number of brands that take up the time of players, so they’re going to buy the next Assassin’s Creed or Call of Duty. Even if they say, ‘I’m interested in what you’re doing,’ at the end of the day they first buy what they know, then go somewhere else.

“When they change machines, they consider that it is better to try what has been done for that machine. This gives us an opportunity to totally change an IP that we have done before, or to create new experiences and new IPs.”
— Yves Guillemot

“What we see is, players are more open when new hardware is coming. So we have the chance to come with something we have never done before, because we know that if we are the first there, people will try our game and maybe we’ll be able to get into that new genre. As our people wanted to do a game like ZombiU, they were happy they could just use the Wii U to do it. For us, a machine is a tool of expression, but when everything become stable it’s less open to innovation. We always want innovation.

“However, if you try something a little new and it’s not perfect, you come back quickly to what you know and works. As a gamer, if you change to new hardware, you have no references, so you’re looking at what people are saying are [the best games] and then trying them. But if you have an [established] machine and there’s all the experiences you know on there already, you know you’re going to miss some of those to try something new, so you’re less inclined. For us, we know opportunities to try something new are a lot more rewarding when it’s a new machine.”
— Yves Guillemot

Of course, there are numerous concerns that come with the new system, especially given how poorly Nintendo’s latest hardware, the Wii U, has performed. When asked about how NX might compare to the Wii U, or its smash-hit Wii predecessor, Guillemot replied with this:

“It’s difficult to answer that [before NX is revealed]. What we see is that Nintendo has learned from the Wii U. All publishers learn from what they do, and then come with something new and more attractive, which I think is the case here.”

“I think, once again, the interface is very attractive. It’s a machine that will be easy to use for all gamers. They have built in something that will give us chance to really have a different experience from what exists today. That’s what I like – that they come with something new that is adapted to what we actually want now.”
— Yves Guillemot

What do you think about Guillemot’s thoughts on the NX? Let us know in the comments!

Source: IGN, GameSpot

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Ubisoft’s CEO Says What They’ve Seen of Nintendo’s NX “Is Really Great”

Nintendo announced that they were working on new hardware, code named NX, over a year ago now, and there has been very little information forthcoming about it, despite it being scheduled to release in March 2017. But while fans haven’t seen it yet, Nintendo is, of course, letting companies get a look at it as we near the launch.

Ubisoft is one of these, and CEO Yves Guillemot has said that what the company has seen of Nintendo’s NX console “is really great.” Speaking during a corporate financial conference, Guillemot said that he expects the console to “take lots more casual players back in the industry.”

“On the NX, what we have seen is really great, so we think having a new machine coming is going to help the industry to continue to grow and to take lots more casual players back in the industry.”
Yves Guillemot

Ubisoft has only confirmed one title to be in development for the NX at this time,
Just Dance 2017. Do you expect them to bring many other quality titles to the NX? Let us know what you think in the comments!

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Ubisoft Says They’ll Support NX and Nintendo is “One of the Best Partners in the World”

When Nintendo first revealed Wii U to the public, Ubisoft was considered one of the strongest third-party supporters of the console. Ubisoft planned to launch both ZombiU and Rayman Legends as Wii U exclusives, but when Wii U got off to a slow start, both titles were eventually ported to other consoles, and Rayman was even delayed on Wii U for a multiplatform launch. The Wii U version of Watch Dogs was also delayed, and Ubisoft’s support for Wii U essentially vanished.

Nintendo is gearing up to launch a new console, code named NX, in March of next year. Ubisoft has already
committed to launching Just Dance 2017 on NX, and they’ve suggested that NX could attract lapsed Wii owners. Speaking with Game Informer, Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot expressed support for Nintendo going forward.

“You can expect we’ll support Nintendo. Nintendo is one of the best partners in the world.”
— Yves Guillemot

Guillemot gave this answer when he was asked if Ubisoft would support NX during its launch window. We know that
Just Dance 2017 is coming to NX, but so far Ubisoft hasn’t committed to supporting it with any other titles. Later on, Guillemot opened up about the decision to step back from Wii U development.

“We could see it wasn’t selling as fast as expected, so we reorganized around other platforms. With the Wii U, we were able to relaunch Rayman 2D. It was a good thing for the company and the brand and its fans. If you remember, it was supposed to be Wii U exclusive, but we made it multi-platform when we saw it wasn’t selling fast enough. The Wii U has done quite well. It’s still a Nintendo machine with lots of great franchises, and we’ve sold lots of copies of Just Dance on it.”
— Yves Guillemot

If NX is able to recapture the Wii market and acquire a large install base, it will likely see more support from Ubisoft. If it struggles to sell like Wii U, Ubisoft will likely lose interest and move their development resources to other platforms.

Source: Game Informer (via Nintendo Everything)

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Ubisoft’s Yves Guillemot Says Project Scorpio and PlayStation 4 Neo are “Fantastic for the Industry”

Both Sony and Microsoft have recently announced new consoles: the PlayStation 4 Neo and Project Scorpio. In a YouTube Live E3 broadcast, Geoff Keighley spoke to Ubisoft’s CEO Yves Guillemot about the two upcoming consoles. Guillemot is very pleased about both systems, calling them “fantastic for the industry” because “we need more power.” He also stated that, from what he has seen of the consoles so far, there is plenty of room for developers to express themselves and create more immersive games.

“I think it’s fantastic for the industry that we can have new consoles, because we need more power. We all know that to simulate life, which is our job, we have to simulate the way we interact with lots of systems, and the more power we have the better we are.

“It’s really cool when they come with new consoles. You remember, they took nine years for the previous generation and we were a bit worried. Now it’s coming along well, and I think it will help the industry tremendously.” — Yves Guillemot

What new features do you think PlayStation 4 Neo and Project Scorpio will bring?

Source: YouTube Live at E3

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Ubisoft Says Beyond Good & Evil 2 is Still on Its Way

Though it was absent from Ubisoft’s presentation at this year’s E3, CEO Yves Guillemot stated that Beyond Good & Evil 2 is still on its way on the official E3 YouTube livestream. He added that Michel Ancel himself is working on it, but since he is also currently working on Wild, it might be a little while before we’re actually going to see something of Beyond Good & Evil‘s sequel. In my opinion that’s not necessarily a bad thing, because I’d rather see Ancel giving the game the attention and dedication that it deserves rather than rushing it just to get it out early.

Source: E3

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Report: Michel Guillemot is Stepping Down as Gameloft’s CEO After Vivendi’s Takeover

In the ongoing saga of Vivendi’s Gameloft takeover, financial news outlet Bloomberg reports that Gameloft’s CEO, Michel Guillemot, is planning to step down after the takeover is complete. According to this report, he will help his brother, Yves Guillemot, to protect Ubisoft from Vivendi’s conquest, for it is expected that the French company will set its sights on Ubisoft after this. Vivendi itself has not made any official statements in that direction yet, but analysts deem Ubisoft’s takeover “the most obvious next step,” since company owns 18% of Ubisoft’s capital and demanded board representation. Still, the Guillemot brothers seem to be readying their defenses, as they were looking for Canadian support to strengthen their financial position a little while ago.

Source: Bloomberg

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Vivendi Secured its ‘Hostile Takeover’ of Gameloft, and Ubisoft May Be its Next Target

A little while ago we reported on the actions of the French media giant Vivendi in its play to take over the mobile game developer Gameloft, which is owned by Michel Guillemot, the brother of Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot. According to a new report by Bloomberg, they will move forward with this takeover, as they now have received support of the company’s majority shareholders. It is widely speculated that after acquiring Gameloft, Vivendi also wants to take over Ubisoft. Do not assume that the conquest is already done, as the Guillemot brothers will not go down without a fight; they are not giving up and hope that a court order will invalidate the takeover. We will keep updating you as Vivendi’s conquest progresses.

Source: Bloomberg

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Watch Dogs 2 Features a New Tone and New Gameplay Mechanics for Hacking

During a recent Ubisoft investors meeting, CEO Yves Guillemot offered some insight on the upcoming
Watch Dogs 2. He claims that it will be the biggest game of 2016 for Ubisoft, based on the success of the original Watch Dogs, which sold four million in its first week on the market. The company has previously announced that there will be no Assassin’s Creed game in 2016, which may contribute to the success of Watch Dogs 2. Guillemot also said that the sequel will feature a new tone and include new hacking mechanics, which the original game primarily revolved around. More information on Watch Dogs 2 will probably be released on June 13th, when Ubisoft has its E3 press conference.

“Our biggest title will be
Watch_Dogs, which will build on the success of the first game. It has been one of Ubisoft’s best selling games of all times. The game will once again surprise players with a new tone and innovative hacking gameplay possibilities.” — Yves Guillemot

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Ubisoft Will Announce a New IP and a “Promising” Virtual Reality Game at E3

As E3 approaches, some are worried that the annual expo won’t be nearly as big of a spectacle as it has been in past years. Companies like Electronic Arts, Disney, and Wargaming are all skipping the show altogether, while Nintendo is bringing just one game to play. One company that will still be bringing their best to E3, however, is Ubisoft.

During their last financial conference call, CFO Alain Martinez revealed that Ubisoft will be announcing their new IP (previously teased as a
multiplayer-centric experience) at E3. He also promised that we’ll be hearing “lots of dates” in regards to the release windows of upcoming games. Additionally, CEO Yves Guillemot teased that the company will be unveiling a promising virtual reality game.

“We continue to be very interested in VR. We are going to launch a few games this year. We don’t expect them to do big revenue. We have good experiences there, and we will surprise a few people also at E3 where we will announce a new title that is promising.

“So yes, VR is coming, we are happy that Sony is doing a good job in presenting its new machine, the PlayStation VR, and we see now a good momentum, but we are very disciplined on that, and we don’t spend too much before there are enough machines installed. But we learned a lot at the moment, and we adapted our engines so that they can be ready when the market takes off.”
— Yves Guillemot

If you’re excited to see what Ubisoft is bringing to the table, you can tune in here at Gamnesia on June 13th to watch their E3 press conference live.

Source: DualShockers (1,2)

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Ubisoft’s CEO Believes There Will be One More Console Generation Before Streaming Takes Over

PlayStation 4 and Xbox One both got off to strong starts this generation, but there are still many in the industry who feel that consoles will be phased out in the not-too-distant future. EA COO Peter Moore recently expressed his belief that this could very well be the last console generation for Sony and Microsoft, with streaming to various devices replacing the standard home console experience.

While Ubisoft also sees streaming as the way of the future, CEO Yves Guillemot believes that future is a little further out. Speaking on a conference call with investors and analysts regarding the current fiscal year, Guillemot discussed the future of consoles. In his estimation, traditional home consoles will have one more generation after the current crop.

“On the console side, we expect there will be new consoles that are going to make this market continue to grow, and we feel that we’ll still have another generation of consoles before we have new types of consoles coming to the market.

“On the new consoles, there’s nothing official on that front. My expectation is that we will have another cycle of consoles before we go to streaming. I don’t have dates or anything, but what I see is that the manufacturers will prefer to have again new hardware to take advantage of the new possibilities that they can bring.”
— Yves Guillemot

Will there be another true generation of home consoles? Will hardware refreshes like the rumored PlayStation Neo replace the standard console life cycle model? We know that Nintendo is currently working on a new console, but the future remains uncertain otherwise.

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The Division Broke the Record for Best First-Week Sales of a New Franchise

Tom Clancy’s The Division launched on March 8th to strong sales numbers. Two days later, publisher Ubisoft praised the game, stating that it broke the company’s record for highest first-day sales of any game. As it turns out, the game’s record-breaking sales extend beyond just Ubisoft’s personal records. Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot and Vice President of Online Services Stephanie Perotti announced today that The Division has broken the record for the biggest launch of a new franchise in video game history. The Division grossed over $330 million in its first five days on the market. You can check out statements from Ubisoft below.

“The Division taking the top spot in the industry for first week sales of a new franchise is a tremendous achievement. We are very proud of our teams, and humbled by and thankful for the millions of players who are giving us their feedback and support. The Division is the latest example yet of our unique ability to deliver immersive gaming playgrounds that keeps players engaged and that they eagerly share with their friends and community.”
— Yves Guillemot

“On top of record breaking sales, player engagement is the highest ever for any Ubisoft title, demonstrating, among other things, that our investments in our online infrastructure and services are paying off. We are delivering an online experience that’s on par with the best in the industry, and that matches the quality and connectivity demanded by The Division and its players.”
— Stephanie Perotti

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The Division Has Sold More Copies on Day One Than Any Game in Ubisoft’s History

Ubisoft has become one of the most successful names in gaming over the past decade, pulling in millions of sales with massive hit franchises like Assassin’s Creed and Far Cry. Two days ago, Ubisoft added another major title to their lineup with the launch of Tom Clancy’s The Division. The long-awaited and much-hyped shooter is off to an impressive start, as Ubisoft has announced that its day one sales are higher than any other game in their history. Exact figures haven’t been given yet, but we know that Watch Dogs previously held the record for most sales in an Ubisoft game’s first week at 4 million. Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot issued the following statement:

“The launch of The Division is a tremendous achievement for Ubisoft, and demonstrates our unrivaled capacity to create fantastic new game brands and transform them into entertainment blockbusters. This is a momentous day for Ubisoft, but more importantly it marks the start of millions of players’ enduring engagement in The Division’s game world, which we are confident they will love.”
— Yves Guillemot

Source: Ubisoft Blog

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Ubisoft Might Get Taken Over by a Company Called Vivendi, and it’s Scrambling to Find Investors

According to a report by the Globe and Mail, Ubisoft is seeking Canadian investors to strengthen their financial position in order to make a stand against the French media giant Vivendi. That company has just launched a hostile takeover bid against Gameloft, a company that is owned by Michel Guillemot, the brother of Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot. According to some analysts, this could very well indicate a broader strategy to force talks with the Guillemot family and eventually take over Ubisoft.

Ubisoft is reaching out to Canadian investors, because Canada is of vital importance to them; Montreal even houses their biggest global studio. In total there are over 3000 Canadian jobs at stake, spread out across Montreal, Quebec, Toronto, and Halifax. Yves Guillemot himself said that they are looking for investors with “long-term investment horizons” who are acquainted with the company. “We want to increase the number of Canadian shareholders in Ubisoft,” he added, “to have better control over the capital. We feel it’s a good defence.”

Do you think Ubisoft’s move to seek Canadian investors is a wise one? Let us know in the comments below!

Source: The Globe and Mail (via Polygon)

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Ubisoft Isn’t Planning to Return to Annual Assassin’s Creed Games After 2016

Publisher Ubisoft has released a new entry in the popular Assassin’s Creed franchise every year (sometimes more than one per year) since 2009, but they recently announced that there won’t be a new Assassin’s Creed game this year. In a message to fans, Ubisoft revealed that they’re taking a year off from their normal release schedule to “evolve the game mechanics and to make sure we’re delivering on the promise of Assassin’s Creed offering unique and memorable gameplay experiences that make history everyone’s playground.”

Once 2016 is in the rear view mirror, will Ubisoft return to annual releases for
Assassin’s Creed? Perhaps not. During Ubisoft’s Investor Day, CEO Yves Guillemot and CFO Alain Martinez discussed their goals for Assassin’s Creed going forward, and both indicated that returning to a yearly schedule is not a priority.

“The goal is not automatically to come back on annual cycle but to come on a regular basis. We saw it was time to give it lots of time so [developers] could really work on the property and all the mechanics to make sure we could take [the series] to another level. What we are seeing today is promising. We will be able to come on a regular basis [but] we can’t say every year.”
— Yves Guillemot

“We have focused one of our best teams behind what we are working on Assassin’s Creed. We have given them all the time for releasing something that we hope to be exceptional. We are setting up rules so that they will have enough time to polish the game and come with something really exceptional, so this is what we have for our first priority.Then after that, if we feel like we are in the right direction and that we can continue the path and we have enough innovation for the next one, we might come with the next one in the next year. But it’s no longer something that will be set up every year.”
— Alain Martinez

Assassin’s Creed is a top-seller every year, but many in the industry feel that the annual (and then some) release schedule for the series is too crowded, and the botched launch of Unity in 2014 left a lot of customers unhappy. Are you glad that Ubisoft is slowing things down going forward, or will you miss having a new game each year? Sound off in the comments.

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The Game Awards’ Advisory Board Includes Reggie Fils-Aime, Phil Spencer, and Hideo Kojima

After a successful first outing last December, The Game Awards (produced by Geoff Keighley) are returning on December 3rd. To help plan and organize the event, Keighley has assembled an advisory board (the board won’t be deciding the nominees and winners) of leading industry members.

The list of advisers includes Eric Hirshberg of Activision Publishing, Peter Moore of EA,
Metal Gear creator Hideo Kojima, Xbox head Phil Spencer, Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime, PlayStation US boss Shawn Layden, Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot, and Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment President David Haddad. Additionally, developers Rockstar and Valve will on the board. We’ll be covering all the exciting news from the event live here at Gamnesia, so tune in next month!

Source: GameSpot

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Ubisoft Says Virtual Reality is as Accessible as Wii and Apple Products

Virtual reality is the hottest trend in the gaming industry right now, with companies like Valve, Oculus, and Sony all creating their own virtual reality headsets. There are a lot of different opinions about the new tech, with some thinking it will be the future of gaming while others don’t see the appeal.

Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot joined the discussion recently, predicting that virtual reality will attract more people to the industry with its accessibility, much like Wii did for Nintendo and touch screens did with Apple products. Here are his thoughts:

“What’s very interesting about VR is that you have accessibility; a lot more accessbility than you have with a pad. Because just by moving your head…you can interact with the world you’re in. So a lot more people can come to this industry, like with the Wii, or like the touchscreen, like we saw with Apple.”
— Yves Guillemot

There are countless possible applications for virtual reality devices, and it would be great if the technology helped attract newcomers to the video game industry. We’ll just have to wait until they start releasing to see if that’s the case.

Source: Gamasutra

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