Still playing games on your Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, with no chance of getting a next-gen console soon? Ubisoft has you covered! The publisher will be supporting both systems for several more years with at least some version of its leading franchises.
"We will have games for PS3 and 360 for this year and probably the years after," Ubisoft vice president of creative Lionel Raynaud told Edge. "We want to be able to provide games to people who are playing on these consoles. Black Flag was the first Assassin's Creed game of this new generation but it was designed with that in mind, but I wouldn't say it was a cross-generation game, as it has features that could only be for this generation."
"The team that has been working on PS4 and Xbox One on Black Flag have already learned and they are still learning," he said. "It's not only about visuals, it's going to be about connectivity and the fact that these consoles are always online. That allows us to create more surprising experiences that exploit that. It's going to be a long progression, because each generation brings new potential. We will be able to measure that as the dev team master the new technology. This will keep on improving for a very long time, actually."
Raynaud's statement could lend strength to the reports that 2014 will see two Assassin's Creed games, one for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC, and another for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. The first of those games, Assassin's Creed: Unity, has already been announced by Ubisoft. The second title is reportedly code-named Assassin's Creed: Comet.
"It's a choice – even when you do a game that has old-gen and new-gen versions, we decide which one is lead," he said. "So if you decide that new gen is lead for all of your games, then you have no restrictions at all – you're just saying that the other generation will maybe not be able to have everything but still be a better game than we're used to having on this generation. We never made choices on Assassin's Creed or Watch Dogs where because we have this other generation we couldn't put something in the game. It would be a very bad call from a company and brand perspective."
Raynaud also shot down the idea that Ubisoft would ever move away from annual Assassin's Creed entries. Why? Because we all want more.
"We are able to offer people a new Assassin's Creed every year because they want Assassin's Creed every year," he added. "As long as this is true we would be very stupid to not satisfy this need, but it puts a lot of pressure on us to create something that will never disappoint."