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
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