Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot has hinted that the company will stop developing games for PS3 and Xbox 360 after 2015. We’re not too shocked.
In a chat with Game Informer, Guillemot said:
“What we see is that this year is still fine for the PS3 and 360, but next year because they are selling very quickly, we’ll move to the new hardware. […] After 2015, it will be hard for us to create games for those systems.”
This perhaps shouldn’t be too surprising, given that by the end of 2015 it will have been two years since the release of the PS4 and Xbox One – and it is easy to imagine the Christmas 2015 releases turning out the lights on the last generation.
Perhaps linked to this is essentially the admission that Ubi are yanking support for Nintendo’s ailing WiiU – at least as far as “serious” gaming goes. Though last year’s Assassin’s Creed Black Flag was released on the platform, and Watch Dogs is apparently coming soon, don’t expect to see Unity or any major future titles on the WiiU, as the platform accounts for a tiny proportion of sales. According to Guillemot, WiiU players are more interested in the likes of Just Dance.
It’ll be interesting to see if developers now decide to follow suit – presumably the likes of EA and Activision are looking at the same numbers in terms of who is buying the PS4 and Xbox One, so will be making similar decisions soon.