Ubisoft to release open-world games "on a regular basis"

Publisher says it has a "unique capacity" to release open-world titles regularly thanks to technology and collaboration between studios.

Ubisoft plans to release open-world games "on a regular basis" going forward, according to CEO Yves Guillemot. Speaking today during a post-earnings financial call, the executive said shipping open-world games more frequently is one step Ubisoft will take to broaden the market and engage players further.

"We need to release open-world [games] on a regular basis. Open-world has proved to be the clear direction where game genres evolve," Guillemot said. "It began with GTA for the action segment, then it happened to adventure with Assassin's Creed; to the RPG with Skyrim and last year was its first major entry into FPS with Far Cry 3. The Crew showed at E3 that it can also be a big differentiator for the driving segment and excitement around The Division confirms how relevant it is to RPG games."

Guillemot pointed out that Ubisoft has released nine open-world games in the past seven years, including two in 2013. He called this an "unmatched performance," and said Ubisoft has this "unique capacity" because the company has a strong network of collaborative studios.

Guillemot also outlined the five "online and social breakthroughs" that each new Ubisoft title will need to have to keep players spending more time in-game.

"Those breakthroughs are systemic gameplay, co-op and social, low barriers to entry, user-generated content, and personalized experience through analytics."

Watch Dogs launches for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii U, and PC on November 19. The Xbox One and PS4 versions will release sometime this holiday.

Ubisoft expects the game to sell more than 6.2 million units.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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darius343
darius343

Bethesda invented open world gaming long before Rockstar..... Get your facts straight Ubisoft.

Hurvl
Hurvl

"last year was its first major entry into FPS with Far Cry 3" Wasn't Crysis 1 and other FPS open-world games and major entries at that? I don't believe one thing fits them all, but for several franchises/genres it's the right choice or at least not a bad choice.

chronocommander
chronocommander

Look, I love Ubisoft games and all that but outputting yearly sequels to open world games only dilutes the series as less and less new ideas come in and more filler is added instead of actual gameplay, not to mention the crazy amount of bugs and incongruousness apparent in a game stitched together from many studios at once as amply demonstrated by Ubi's own flagship Assassin's Creed series. Alternating yearly releases makes sense but what all this translates to is an all year round stress on all studios involved who are less and less free to innovate on smaller titles at the very least and internal discontent which translates into poorer quality. As much as I love open world games, sticking primarily to one gameworld type, especially one as expensive and life-sucking (for the game studio internally) as this makes no sense and is extremely risky for a studio that has historically had quite a diverse portfolio. Maybe Ubi will pull it off, but their recent track record shows they really need to hit the brakes a little.

swantn5
swantn5

wouldnt people evently just get sick of open world games personally im already sick of the AC franchise 

ken4062
ken4062

This is the future of gaming. Even FPs should go this way too.

jackson2415
jackson2415

Crysis was sort of an open-world FPS, until EA wrecked it. Battlefield was a massive open world FPS, until EA wrecked it. So at least Ubisoft isn't doing that, right?

mavennewbern
mavennewbern

Ubisoft is quickly becoming one of my favorites.  Open worlds are the futur.  Corridors are like invisble walls, somehting that need to be forgotten about and never spoke of again.  FFXIII, I'm talking to you.  Square-Enix did a great job of mutilating that franchise and then shitting on it's corpse.  Making decisions without regard for their fanbase.  

shazz_rulez19
shazz_rulez19

They will never beat ROCKSTAR, because they are the true legends at open world games. Nuff said

vivalatour
vivalatour

 OPEN WORLD GAMES , CAN YOU DIG IIIIIIIIIIIIT ?

jhcho2
jhcho2

As if we didn't know Ubisoft is all about releasing whatever they can 'on a regular basis'.

Jonno621
Jonno621

I love open world games if they're filled with things to do/see, random dynamic events, beautiful environments and at no cost to good gameplay/story. 

Divedude
Divedude

Just cause 2 was what I call an open world game.  If it is just large with edges, that's not open world.

blackothh
blackothh

I think the best thing that can happen to open world games is the creation of an engine that can make a complex world up as you go but at the same time can easily take things from a library of premade stuff and integrate them seamlessly. The tech is almost there. This way the engine does all the hard landscape work and devs can concentrate on storyline locations and gameplay mechanics. Just dont allow people to change the map seed, say until they beat the game and that would be a new game+ option to make a new map for a whole new experience.


And more on point to the article, as always milking games like clockworks once a year release just screams potentially low quality.

RussellGorall
RussellGorall

Someday more developers than Ubisoft will be able to master open world games. You need about ten studios, and a ten billion dollar engine to do this.

Lawrencevanrijn
Lawrencevanrijn

We'll see what will happen after they release a few titles. pumping out games like clockworks is the first sign that quality goes out the window. It is what they forget about when the time line is decided by stakeholders and marketing.

And YES! gameplay and storylines are part of that quality!


CapnXtraObvious
CapnXtraObvious

There should be a Left 4 Dead 2 mod, where Boomers are called Ubisofts and vomit open-world games "on a regular basis". Which attracts the "zombies".

MafiaInGrid
MafiaInGrid

Awesome. So we can expect Just Dance and Rocksmith "open world" games?


FFS Do we have to have every publisher going after the same genre? "OOOOOOO X game sold well, lets make all our future games like it".


Do something different. Lead instead of follow. In such an stagnant period for the industry, you'll get props for giving people a change.

DeViLzzz
DeViLzzz

I am looking forward to buying all Ubisoft games used from now on.

Gratz on ****ing over people who wanted Rayman Legends sooner than later for Wii U.

DamnILoveGames
DamnILoveGames

I'm torn between two views. One part of me hates them for saying this because it just cries the very definition of milking, but on the other hand I adore open world games!

roman4545
roman4545

I cannot wait Ubisoft choke on their own words when their games start to sell poorly in the future. Their overconfident will be their greatest downfall.

Ubisoft will be the next EA or the next THQ !

JohnTheGrudge
JohnTheGrudge

I hope that linear games don't go away.  I enjoy playing games that provide a very plot-focused experience.  I think linear games can provide a more cinematic experience that open games.

koospetoors
koospetoors

What is it with Ubisoft trying so hard to vomit games out every second?

Frozone007
Frozone007

@Hurvl Crysis is never open world you idiot, it's a sandbox where you go from mission to mission in lush green forests & scenic ruins with nothing else to do.

kidtony6
kidtony6

@swantn5 no we wont get tired of assassins creed or open world games, if ubisoft wants to make open world let em they obviously doing it and releasing games yearly because they making a lot of money and a lot of ppl are okay with it

RussellGorall
RussellGorall

@ken4062 They have been for a while. All genres for years have been going more open world.

jo8n3645
jo8n3645

@jackson2415 battlefield is still has huge open maps unless you are talking about the single player

mavennewbern
mavennewbern

The only other thing that is as important as the freedom to explore open worlds is the freedom to explore an in-game economy.  Got to love buying and customizing things like clothes, guns, cars, and cribs.  Saints Row 2 did this very well.  Before Volition pulled a square-enix with the franchise in part 3 and 4.  

mavennewbern
mavennewbern

Also, DAO and RE5.  You can only handle confined space for so long before you're ready for some open world freedom.  

daviddiorio
daviddiorio

@Divedude That's probably one of the largest open world games I have ever played it took forever to get from one end to the other...imagine Just Cause 3 :O

TehMasterer2
TehMasterer2

@Lawrencevanrijn You've gotta remember that Ubisoft aren't really just one company making games; they're a publisher with countless subsidiaries, all distinct development studios. These studios work on different major projects in parallel, so it's not like they're cutting their development times down to a year for every big game that is released.

kidtony6
kidtony6

@MafiaInGrid there is nothing wrong with making action games open world especially games for games like AC and watchdogs that are about exploring. just because they release open worlds it doesnt mean thats it, i mean they have a dancing game, a music game, a racing game, plataformer...

slainta
slainta

@xxYetterxx Cloud (remote) Computing can not improve real time computing for games. Thus the benefits of it are very limited. As much as a not good connection can make an SP game lagging which is the last thing you want.

Oh, and Gaikai is meant for streaming games, but the PSN isn't only Gaikai. The PS4 is getting a bunch of F2P MMORPGs. MMORPGs run using dedicated servers. Dedicated Servers are a class of services of Cloud Computing.

In other words don't get to excited about MS propaganda.

Hurvl
Hurvl

@Frozone007 @Hurvl Well, excuuuuuse me so terribly much for mixing up things, but whenever a game allows you to roam free I consider it an open world. A sandbox doesn't have invisible walls and corridors preventing you from flanking your enemy, so it's a world that is open (more open than an on-rails shooter at least), but not an open-world game. Happy now?

jackson2415
jackson2415

Yup, just single player when they used to have bots but now no more. MP is huge.

cdog21
cdog21

@mavennewbern 

SR4 isn't even out yet and Volition already said that the customization is going to be much larger than it was in SRTT. 

The only thing you can't do is layer clothing.

kidtony6
kidtony6

@wowgrandpa @shazz_rulez19 exactly besides they going against ppl like rockstar and sucker punch that have made great open world games which means there is a rivalry now and the dev will improve the games making them better

jhcho2
jhcho2

@kidtony6 @jhcho2  

How bout making money by giving us some new IPs? Instead of a new AC every year...and by the looks of it, potentially a new Far Cry every year?

kidtony6
kidtony6

@TehMasterer2 thank you so much! finally somebody that really know about the topic gives a smart comment

xxYetterxx
xxYetterxx

@slainta I specifically layout what could be processed in the cloud without affecting the users experience in my blog, and the two F2P games you are referring to are Warframe and Planetside2.  These are MMO's so of course they use dedicated server, and MMO couldn't work without them.  But these servers aren't PSN servers, they belong to (or are rented by) the studios that created these games and I have also lay out the negatives this model and how MS is trying to change that with Azure. 

Hurvl
Hurvl

@Frozone007 @Hurvl  Yeah, well you sure fooled me with the "idiot" part. No need to call somebody that unless you wish to attack them.

Frozone007
Frozone007

@Hurvl @Frozone007 LOL buddy, I wasn't attacking you at all, no need to go hyper. Really, I meant no offense. The thing is Open world is used with Free roam & not the mission-to-mission type like crysis, where there really is no use of the open world when there is ntn else to do like in, say, farcry or asassin's creed. Crysis has b'ful open environments & I am a great fan of the franchise. But it's a sandboxed FPS & Farcry is Open world in truest sense.