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Sony, Microsoft sparking industry revival with Xbox One, PS4, says Ubisoft exec

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With both Sony and Microsoft reporting tremendous sales with next-gen consoles PlayStation 4 and Xbox One since their launches last month, one Ubisoft executive told Edge Online in a report today that the platform holders have created a revival in the video game industry.

Ubisoft EMEA executive director Alain Corre, in a question and answer with the website, said the Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag publisher has taken notice in the uptake in retail sales and feedback from gamers.

“Both Sony and Microsoft have communicated on impressive sales –– both sold more than a million in the first 24 hours –– and are performing more strongly in comparison with previous new console releases,” Corre said. “There’s a resurgence in the enthusiasm and excitement we’re seeing from gamers and in retail thanks to these consoles.

Corre said Ubisoft has been “laying the foundation” in terms of next-gen consoles and that the publisher and developer has had multiple studios working on Xbox One and PS4 games.

“Any investment in next-gen development will also be offset by the fact that the new consoles will reinvigorate the video game market, attracting current gamers, bringing back lapsed gamers, and appealing to new audiences,” Corre said.

Earlier in the interview Corre echoed a similar sentiment in terms of Ubisoft’s next-gen future, saying though there’s a large install base with the Xbox 360 and PS3 that next-gen titles like Watch Dogs and The Crew will help transition gamers to the Xbox One and PS4.

You can read more of that Examiner report by clicking here.

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