Free-to-play mobile games enable developers to test out new ideas for other platforms, says Guillemot
The next-generation of consoles will feature fewer big games, Ubisoft’s CEO has claimed.
Speaking to The Guardian, Yves Guillemot said that whilst the publisher would be working on fewer games, new consoles would see “bigger” titles from developers.
He said that there was a shift from developers and publishers to develop for multiple platforms such as mobile, tablet and handheld, to ensure consumers can play those bigger titles wherever they want.
He added that developing smaller, free-to-play games for mobile also meant that, with the plethora of data of how users interact with apps, developers could use that information to help create their next-generation console titles.
“With next gen consoles, it's going toward bigger games, and yes, we will make less of them,” said Guillemot.
“But with free-to-play games, the teams aren't as big so we can try different things and find subjects that are of interest to consumers. We announced Mighty Quest for Epic Loot last week, and we are announcing new types of games.
"This new environment is actually giving us the chance – because we're reaching new consumers – to develop new types of game brand and experience.
“What I like about the free-to-play model is that you are with your consumers all the time – you can spend six months refining the gameplay and then put it in another environment, another title, because you automatically know it.”