Ubisoft Winding down Xbox 360 and PS3 Support in 2015
Ubisoft claims that it will be throttling down on last-gen support as it makes the transition to fully embracing current-gen consoles as the industry standard.
With the decision to make Assassin's Creed Unity a current-gen exclusive and have Assassin's Creed Rogue only be released on last-gen consoles, Ubisoft is already well-aware of the inevitable decision it must make in fully embracing the Xbox One and PlayStation 4, moving on from the Xbox 360 and PS3. In an interview with Game Informer at Gamescom, Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot mentioned that he was surprised at how quickly fans were upgrading to the current-gen consoles. He admits that development priorities throughout 2015 will be more geared towards the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. After 2015, things will definitely be moving forward for current-gen consoles.
“What we see is that this year is still fine for the PS3 and 360, but next year because they are selling very quickly, we’ll move to the new hardware,” Guillemot said. “After 2015, it will be hard for us to create games for those systems.”
You have to make sure your fans can access the games they really want to play. Sometimes they can’t afford to buy different consoles, so [exclusivity] needs to be considered carefully.”
While everyone should have access to most major games, we do like to see more of a focus on third-party developers making games for only current-gen consoles. The Xbox 360 launched in 2005, with the PS3 arriving just a few months later. After nearly a decade, it's about time developers start focusing on their successors.