During Ubisoft’s financial conference call for investors and analysts, chief executive officer Yves Guillemot talked about the next generation of consoles.
During the prepared remarks, Guillemot mentioned that the new console will bring excitment for players and offered more color during the Q&A session.
“We consider that the coming of the new consoles will boost the market quite a lot. As what happens with these new consoles is that Sony and Microsoft are generally coming with good volume for those new machines.
It’s going to be lots of marketing and lots of new machines there that will increase the market potential.
What is important is that when you come early on the next generation of consoles you can sell your games for a long time. We’re very happy to be close to the launch of those consoles because it’s going to benefit all the games we will launch.
It doesn’t mean that we won’t be happy with our games coming in ’22, which will have more consoles installed, but the new consoles’ arrival is going to help tremendously.”
Guillemot also added that the two generations will coexist for some time, and that will help a lot.
After that, he was asked to clarify whether the five main games coming during the next fiscal year (Watch Dogs: Legion, Gods and Monsters, and Rainbow Six Quarantine, plus two unannounced AAA titles) would come to both current-gen and next-gen consoles taking advantage of the full features of the new machines or simply via backward compatibility.
“The five titles, yes, they will be on this generation and the next generation, and they will take full advantage all the new features that are coming with the machines, which are actually going to be extremely interesting for players.
You will be able to download new content a lot faster, players will experience better frame rate… so there are lots of very good elements that will come with these new machines.”
Earlier in the call, chief financial officer Frederick Duguet also mentioned that Ubisoft expects to release three to four triple-A games per year beyond the fiscal year 2021 (which means after March 30, 2021).
If you want to read more about Ubisoft’s financial results announced earlier today, you can check out our dedicated article.