Clearly the next-generation of gaming is being prepared for, with the release of the Wii U coming in less than a month, and so gaming developers are starting to reflect their exact intentions for the next-generation of gaming.
According to a press release from Ubisoft yesterday, the company's financial report reflects a clear, active intention of developing games for next-generation platforms.
The company's first quarter report for 2013 shows a 12% increase in expenses for the Research and Development department, when looking at this past quarter versus the quarter last year.
In addition, Ubisoft's Research and Development investment expenditures, which are final goods and services a company invests in for upcoming products, shows an increase of over $17.3 million in the year-to-year comparison.
Ubisoft's numbers clearly reflect those of a company that is actively working on next-generation gaming, especially with the strong interest they have already shown in developing titles for the Wii U.
Ubisoft already has a number of games slated for release onto the Wii U like Assassin's Creed III, ZombiU and Rayman Legends.
The company has made no bones about their intentions of next-generation involvement, and like EA, they have made it clear that the upcoming group of next-gen systems need to arrive soon.
Ubisoft's Chief Executive Officer Yves Guillemot said the company expects to earn large returns on their long-term investments in the development of next-generation consoles.
"From a longer-term perspective, WiiU's progression and the arrival of the next generation of consoles, combined with the strong momentum in the Free-to-Play model for PC, mobile and tablet games, will enable us to capitalize on the investments we have made in recent years.
"These developments will cement Ubisoft’s positioning as a creator of successful brands with a growing expertise in new online models and services," Guillemot said.
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