Ubisoft CEO Thinks Old Games Can Still Thrive on Next-Gen Consoles, Thanks to Backward Compatibility

Ubisoft CEO Thinks Old Games Can Still Thrive on Next-Gen Consoles, Thanks to Backward Compatibility

The back catalog can see some life.

A new generation of console hardware is approaching, and that means launch titles. But while brand new, shiny video games are exciting, Ubisoft's Yves Guillemot thinks older games will still be able to shine due to a stronger push for backward compatibility.

In today's Ubisoft earnings call, Guillemot answered a few questions about the coming generation of consoles. And while the new hardware will open up new opportunities, Guillemot also seems hopeful for back-catalog sales on the machines.

"What will be new also, in this industry, is that those consoles will be running almost all the back catalog of the previous consoles," Guillemot says. "So it will be something new in the industry. It will help the old generation to continue to be big consoles on the market for the years to come, so that's something that will actually grow the market a lot."

While Ubisoft will be taking advantage of the power of the new consoles, hopes seem strong that back catalog sales will keep up. Given recent results from Ubisoft, it's not hard to see why Guillemot believes this; its back catalog has been showing strong performance, with games like Assassin's Creed: Odyssey performing well and Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege hitting a record high for monthly active users and daily active revenue per user.

Both Sony and Microsoft have stressed the importance of backwards compatibility in this coming generation. Last June, Phil Spencer said that when thinking about then-Project Scarlett (now the Xbox Series X), Xbox wanted to ensure that it was compatible "across all generations." PlayStation CEO Jim Ryan also talked about the importance of backward compatibility last June. So while a shiny new Rainbow Six might be appealing, don't count out the old game's ability to still live on new hardware that can still play it.

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Eric Van Allen

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Eric is a writer and Texan. He's a former contributor to sites including Compete, Polygon, Waypoint, and the Washington Post. He loves competitive games, live music, and travel.

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