During Ubisoft's annual investor's call, CEO Yves Guillemot talked about the future of the company and how Ubisoft needs to "release open-world on a regular basis." Guillemot elaborated that at Ubisoft, "we have put to the market nine open-world games over the last seven years, including two in 2013. This is by far an unmatched performance. Through those years, we have developed technologies, we have grown the experience of our teams, we have put in place pre-sized processes to ensure efficient collaboration between multiple studios working simultaneously on the same massive maps. This gives us a unique opportunity in the industry to bring open-world on a regular basis."
Guillemot went on to talk about the five "online and social breakthroughs" that each Ubisoft game will need to hit in order to ensure players spend more time in-game. "Those breakthroughs are systemic gameplay, co-op and social, low barriers to entry, user-generated content and personalized experience through analytics." Examples given by Guillemot include Watch Dogs'
and The Division
's solo, co-op and multiplayer experiences that will hopefully increase the amount of time a player spends with the game and entice players who may otherwise ignore any of these traditional modes.
Guillemot also mentioned that two of Ubisoft's upcoming open-world games, Assassin's Creed 4
and Watch Dogs
, are among the five most pre-ordered games on PS4 and Xbox One.