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."
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