Ubisoft vice president of creative Lionel Raynaud said that though the publisher will continue to create games for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 for the next few years, development for the next-gen consoles Xbox One and PS4 won’t be hindered, according to a report today from VG 24/7.
In an interview with Edge Online, vice president of creative Lionel Raynaud said the publisher wouldn’t be moving solely to the next-gen consoles anytime soon, indicating the company will launch games for the PS3 and Xbox 360 for a couples of years still.
“We will have games for PS3 and 360 for this year and probably the years after,” Raynaud said. “We want to be able to provide games to people who are playing on these consoles.”
Raynaud then pointed to Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag, saying the game was the publisher’s first on next-gen. Though it wasn’t developed to best fit the Xbox One and PS4, the game did have features only available on those consoles.
“Black Flag was the first Assassin’s Creed game of this new generation, but it was designed with that in mind,” Raynaud said. “But I wouldn’t say it was a cross-generation game, as it has features that could only be for this generation.”
Raynaud stressed, however, that Ubisoft wouldn’t diminish the quality of its games in order to meet a previous console generations lower standards.
“It’s a choice,” Raynaud said. “Even when you do a game that has old-gen and new-gen versions, we decide which one is lead. 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.”
With recent or upcoming releases like Assassin’s Creed and Watch Dogs, Raynaud said it would be a bad idea from a branding perspective to dumb down next-gen versions to create parity among all consoles.
In the same interview, Raynaud said that fans should expect an Assassin’s Creed release annually, as not meeting that demand would be a “stupid” move for the publisher.