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Ubisoft: Next-Gen Games Rely On Devs "Taming The Machine"

The importance of a video game's graphics is often a topic of great debate.

According to what Ubisoft CEO Yannis Mallat told Game Informer in a recent interview (as cited by NowGamer), the new power next-generation systems provide gives developers extra freedom. Hence, "it's up to them to tailor and tame that power to what suits the game best."

He added that the believes our minds "will be blown by the graphics as a hook" but overall, that's not what's critical. The idea is to keep players playing, and he reminds everyone that it can take some time for designers to take full advantage of a new piece of hardware:

"To me, what's lying beneath that or beyond that will keep our players involved. When you think about that, even on current generation systems it always takes some time for developers to tame the machine - especially the PlayStation 3."

Mallat said that he envisions the "social complement and connected thing" will define the next generation of gaming, as compared to the current generation. Personally, I'm really hoping that isn't the case but then again, there are many who live and breath "social media" these days.

Tags: ubisoft, next generation, next gen consoles, next gen graphics

5/8/2013 9:39:52 PM Ben Dutka

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Comments (8 posts)

Akuma07
Wednesday, May 08, 2013 @ 10:19:01 PM
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Well, while Generation X got to watch the emergence of Social Media, Generation Y lived it.

BUT

The new generation, they are actually growing up in it. They will all live and breath social media, to them it is just a part of life and they know nothing else before it. Social Media is the future of society unfortunately.

I for one, miss the days when keeping in touch with people didn't happen on facebook.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Wednesday, May 08, 2013 @ 10:56:44 PM

Isn't that creepy? I only had regular access to the internet in the high school years and all we had on us were beepers.

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Akuma07
Wednesday, May 08, 2013 @ 11:32:24 PM

Yeah, I remember the good old dial-up days.

I was only a kid. I couldn't understand why my computer was ringing someone.....

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WorldEndsWithMe
Wednesday, May 08, 2013 @ 10:59:47 PM
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The social media stuff won't define anything, it will just become a normal part of what has always mattered: the bloody games.

It will be an interesting novelty at first "Hey PSXE people on my friends list, witness this clip of me flying a bullet up somebody's ass!" but it won't be the centerpiece of gaming. Which is why I'm not worried about all this stuff.

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Akuma07
Wednesday, May 08, 2013 @ 11:30:00 PM

Yeah, and look at the current generation, things like that already exist they just aren't part of the console itself.

Call of Duy Elite for example, has the ability to create your own movies from multiplayer matches. You can view, edit, share, and record pretty much anything that happened in a match. It is a cool feature, but it's still a gimmick for those who are only interested in the games.

Sony are just bringing these kinds of things in-house and creating a sort of Playstation Youtube environment.

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___________
Thursday, May 09, 2013 @ 7:50:46 AM
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funny how developers keep saying ZOMFG the ps4 is like a 2015 PC wow what a beast!
but then at the same time, oh graphics are not going to be the main driver.
right.
exactly why you cant trust developers these days.
if they were really so powerful, then why arent graphics and the expansion of what is possible going to be the most impressive driving force?
right, there so powerful so thats why social media is going to be the mainstay.
great!
my god, no one can be stupid enough to believe their BS!
come on guys give us a little credit.......

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Akuma07
Thursday, May 09, 2013 @ 9:02:55 AM

For the record, he didn't say any of that.

What he means is the new graphics will be great to entice people to play the game, but the gameplay is ultimately what will keep people coming back, and he is completely correct.

Also, the leap in graphics technology won't be as big as it used to be. We will eventually get to a plateau, where the only real next step will be VR.

The next-gen will always be about expanding on what is possible. It always has been that way, and always will be. Gimmicks will never define a generation, this isn't the Wii.

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Akuma07
Thursday, May 09, 2013 @ 9:02:59 AM
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I don't agree that the social integration and connectivity will define the next generation. Gaming isn't mainstream yet, it's not something you sit around talking to people about on a daily basis. At this very moment only one of my mates is a hard core gamer, the kind of person I could talk about a game with.

Until gaming becomes mainstream, social media won't have that much of an effect on it.

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