Ubisoft: next-gen will offer 'major leap in quality'

CEO Yves Guillemot says upcoming platforms will allow for "extraordinary level of immersion"; full-year sales rise 18 percent to €1.256 billion.

Next-generation platforms from Microsoft and Sony will offer a "major leap in quality," according to Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot. Speaking today during the company's latest earnings report, the executive shared high hopes for the upcoming systems.

"A new console cycle is beginning and it will offer players an unrivalled experience," Guillemot said in prepared remarks. "They will see a major leap in quality with an extraordinary level of immersion as well as the incorporation of all of the innovations developed in recent years in online and social games, giving players the opportunity to create their own experiences and share them within their communities.

Ubisoft also revealed sales updates for some of its biggest games launched in the past year. The company called out record-breaking sales of Assassin's Creed III (12.5 million shipped and digital units) and Far Cry 3 (6 million shipped and digital units). In addition, Just Dance 4 has now shipped 8.5 million units sold since launch last year.

Overall, Ubisoft posted full-year sales of €1.256 billion ($1.6 billion) for the year ended March 31, up 18.4 percent from last year. Of this total, €928 million ($1.2 billion) came from core game sales, up 60 percent year-over-year. Net income for the year stood at €69.2 million ($89 million).

Online and digital sales were a bright spot for Ubisoft during the year, jumping 86 percent to €148 million ($190 million) in the year, making up 11.7 percent of Ubisoft's overall sales.

Looking ahead, Ubisoft said it expects full-year 2013-12 sales of between €1.420 billion ($1.8 billion) and €1.450 billion ($1.86 billion). Revenue from core games is expected to "rise strongly," the company said, thanks to the launch of Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag, Splinter Cell: Blacklist, Watch Dogs, and two titles that have not yet been announced.

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barrica
barrica

When i play Metal Slug my immersion levels are higher than when i tried Assassins Creed 3 at a friends house! Why does this happen?

DarthLod
DarthLod

I disagree. Graphics aren't everything. A new Assassins Creed may look nice, but it's still the same game it's been the past few years. I see not "quality" in milking franchises to death.

franzito
franzito

Seeing is believing for the reasonable, sound people I guess.

StealthOmega
StealthOmega

hahaahhaha quality doesnt equal immersion which can be achieved by other things

TooCoolForYou
TooCoolForYou

Says the company who releases a new Assassin Creed each year. I think they made a mistake. I think they meant to say "major leap in quantity" not quality.

PupilsDilated
PupilsDilated

Good:  Increase in immersion

Bad:  Increase of game prices

I hope that the games are so immersive that I forget that I'm living in substandard living conditions and I won't mind the rats nibbling at my torso.

julzeverne
julzeverne

Is all this extras immersion gonna mean Uplay won't suck anymore???

Vodoo
Vodoo

Ubisoft is gonna make a killing on those 3 games... Assassins Creed 4, Splinter Cell and Watch Dogs. And they will market the hell out of those games so everybody with a console knows about them. 

It kills me that Square Enix didn't market their heavy hitters... Tomb Raider, Hitman Absolution, and Sleeping Dogs. Because if they had, they would be raking in billions as well. But instead we may never see sequels to these awesome games because they think the Western market didn't like them. The Asians don't understand that not everybody in the Western World is a gamer like they are in Japan. So most people won't know about a game unless there's a commercial for it on tv or they stumble across the box in the game store.

Ravenlore_basic
Ravenlore_basic

AI

Physics

Branching story, = play every time and different decisions will change the story and its outcome

Interaction with NPCs and Environment.

This will make it the next gen and one different than this gen.

cesarpo
cesarpo

Once we get past the uncanny valley, things are going to be interesting. The market is going to open, and gaming will be seen as something serious people could play (ie. casuals), and not only basement nerds like us.

After seeing what can be done in Beyond Two Souls, I can't play any game that has those awkward body/facial animations, characteristic of this generation. 

mred1289
mred1289

i actually have respect for Ubisoft them and rockstar they do alot of things right unlike other developers so idk why random people tell them to fuck off you obviously dont pay attention to detail..AC3 for example the amount of time and research they put to put you in a revolution, the language,the forest,the ocean,the landscape ...sure it has bugs and glitches which i might add i encountered none of them on my journeys maybe in the begining as haytham where the captain of the boat he was on dident move his lips and a voice uttered out of it, i even got platinum off the frontier missions when some say they couldent do it becuz it was glitched before the update so i guess its just the power of the keyboard people can say w.e. they want to simply becuz they can 

Jarltheafro
Jarltheafro

I really hope developers this coming generation quit trying to force social/online features on us. I personally find it quite sickening, and incredibly detrimental to the supposed improvements to immersion. Also, I'm hoping some new control methods related to VR start coming out, minority report-style gloves, for example, could easily replace current user input hardware without actually being a gimmick at all.

MN121MN
MN121MN

Talking about quality -> releasing Assassin's Creed game every year.

somebody337
somebody337

I'm fine with current gen graphics. Hopefully they just improve the framerate and load times next gen.

kbaily
kbaily

Tom the Cat: DON'T...YOU..BELIEVE IT!  No it's going to be the same shooters, sports and driving games we played last gen looking slightly better and full of crap to punish us for daring to buy a game used.

NTM23
NTM23

Put AC3 out again, without bugs and glitches; running at 60 frames per second; change a few aspects or expand on the ending; put more missions in that are actually exciting, whether that be main or side; have music play during the roaming of the world like in the previous games, and give Connor more cutscenes that helps develop his character into something less dull. Anyways, good to hear the news.

WingChopMasta
WingChopMasta

Good to hear. I think Ubisoft makes some beefy games and I am excited to see all of the extra details and tweaks they make come next gen.

Right now Spinter Cell and Watch Dogs are my most anticipated next gen titles. Along with Second son and maybe kill zone..those alone will keep me more than busy enough. Ugh Brokevember will get its true meaning come the fall.  

hadlee73
hadlee73

"...as well as the incorporation of all of the innovations developed in recent years in online and social games, giving players the opportunity to create their own experiences..." My spell checker keeps wanting to change this whole line to "Microtransactions" :P (lie)

rxl209
rxl209

lmfao ubisoft calls the next xbox and playstation next gen leaps and ignores wii u, whens the funeral for that dead console?

rice2555
rice2555

Wait wait wait... You're telling me, that when you implement a hardware upgrade to a system that is 6 years old... that you see a major leap in performance? I don't know, seems like a really bold statement.

I mean, just look at, say, nearly every electronic device that was released 6 years ago and compare it to its updated counter-part today. Does anyone see a major leap?
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wait for it...

OF COURSE IT DOES

Or heard of Moore's Law? *exasperated sigh*


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Vambran
Vambran

Better graphics will be nice ... but i really just hope loading times die.

McGregor
McGregor

Congrats console owners, you will now get to be part of something that PC gamers are already experiencing!

I can't comment too much, I'm a recent PC convert...

malokevi
malokevi

I love Ubisoft. They have been my favourite developer ever since the first Xbox, with R63, Splinter Cell, and Ghost Recon.

Lately with all the same franchises, plus Farcry 3 and the upcoming Watchdogs... I am looking forward to great things from a great developer.

Ubi Montreal FTW.

CaptainBerserk
CaptainBerserk

If by "major leap in quality" he meant better AI and physics (since both can contribute to better gameplay) i do believe games could become more immersive next gen. Developers creativity is equaly important as well.

Personally i'm looking forward to see what developers can do regarding RPGs next gen.

TrueGB
TrueGB

Confusing graphics, excessive use of QTE driven events, and tacked-on multiplayer with quality is just...well, confusing. Or hype building. Yep. It's about the hype.

xcollector
xcollector

Quality is the wrong word. Graphics & budgets will leap, not quality. There will probably be even more sequels and remakes.

cuddlyfuzzle
cuddlyfuzzle

This is a load horse sh!t if I've ever read any.

dear Ubisoft, F*** Off

toshineon
toshineon

Quality =/= OMG GRAPHIXXX!!!!11!

Hekteur
Hekteur

Major leap in quality? Only because of the existence of a new generation? Nope! We'll see a major leap in quality when the "Game is coming out whenit's ready" philosphy is gonna be embraced AND understood by most major devs. When I think this will happen? Sigh... Not anytime soon.

deathwish026
deathwish026

keep seeing euro signs in this article... made me check the url to make sure i wasent on gamespoteuro..... this is england damnit use £ in future!

Stebsis
Stebsis

Of course it'll be a big leap in quality because majority of devs go on a console pace, and moving on to more powerful system of course will bring more better quality games.

Cloud_imperium
Cloud_imperium

UBISOFT shut the fuck up already , I am also excited for next gen because development on all platforms will be easy and powerful hardware will not be dictated by the least powerful , at least for 2 or 3 years BUT enough already , you are making me sick .

GSGuy321
GSGuy321

Yves, we've had next gen for several years now already... it's called PC bro

Landsharkk
Landsharkk

Odd, I see a lot of comments counter-arguing with "graphics aren't everything", yet nowhere in the above article are graphics even mentioned.

jack00
jack00

So far next gen showed me the same kind of games we have right now except with slightly better graphics.

berserker66666
berserker66666

How is Ubisoft gonna offer "Next Gen" when they unfairly fire talented people like Patrice Desilets?

DevilD2005
DevilD2005

I have a feeling he doesn't really know what hes talking about.

spike6958
spike6958

Too bad "quality" only seems to relate to graphics in the eyes of most developers and gamer's. Personally i'd be happy if this "quality" went down, and gameplay and story took over as the main focus and selling point of games once again. 

Diablo-B
Diablo-B

More graphics does not equal more immersion. Currently console games are 720p I believe. Graphically games look great. I would love for them to look better but graphics aren't the issue. Better game design, more player options and customization  And in game, narrative decisions that actually affect the story throughout and the environment. Being able to see all the pores and pimples on a character's face isnt enough. 

My biggest fear is that developers will send some much time and money trying to max out the graphics on the hardware that they wont have the resources left for the other aspects and will start complaining that they arent making enough profit.

MapRef41N93W
MapRef41N93W

It's too bad the immersion will be inevitably broken by Ubisoft's typically terrible narratives and priority of graphics over gameplay.

wavelength121
wavelength121

Irrelevant. We want good gameplay and story, graphics come second. (Everyone agrees with me whether they know it or not.)

Adavanter
Adavanter

I just wish I could be annoyed at Ubi for milking AC. At least that way I really didn't care to much either way... but this BS with Patrice makes me just want to forget the whole company.

Sardinar
Sardinar

If you ask me, whatever 'quality' was limited in current-gen is a result of shitty developer/publisher combinations - NOT console system specifications. 

rmartinezdl
rmartinezdl

Hire people that knows how to code on pc, ac3 was the worst piece of garbage I have ever seen, sleeping dogs had better graphics and it ran 10 TIMES BETTER, I was able to play sleeping dogs MAXED OUT (even with aa and ao) 1080p at steady 35 fps (limited to avoid framerate dips). And ac3 wich looked like a 2007 game, ran at 30 fps on lowest at 720p, hell I am even playing hitman ultra settings without MSAA, steady 35 fps again. Developers at ubisoft just, SUCK BALLS. 

ziproy
ziproy

Tuh can't wan't for my PS 3.5 and Xbox/computer/social media box. So far we've been told not to expect anything in the graphics department since the improvements are on the developer side of things

BelaidKL
BelaidKL

And I believe them.. Ubisoft have always offered something great when new consoles are released... It's what follows that concerns me...