Ubisoft: Game Development Costs Will Increase Over The Next Two Years

 In a interview with Game Informer, Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot spoke with Michael Futter about a variety of topics which focused on the move towards next gen titles. One issue that came up frequently is the price of game development. 

On this issue Guillemot commented,

“In the first couple of years the costs should remain close to what we had before. After two years we think they will really grow because we will do – again, we will take more and more advantage of the possibilities of the machine. And the games will grow again, quite a lot. In the next two years, yes, we should be at around the same costs.”

Guillemot also confirmed that Ubisoft will continue to support Xbox 360 and PS3 for two more Christmas seasons before ending their use of, “current gen” gaming. 

The main complication when thinking of next gen gaming is the increased financial costs of creating new titles with development costs being a large part of this strain. 

Most concern comes to the idea that current software setups will only last for two more years as we transition into the next generation. With not as much freedom or versatility for next gen consoles unlike that seen for the PS3 and Xbox 360 it casts a shadow over exactly how large these costs will be after the two year grace period predicted by Ubisoft. Maintaining optimization for games such as Battlefield 4 could be a killer for production costs. 

Among all these alterations many hope that Microsoft and Sony will not drive up only the AAA publisher titles and will throw their support behind third-party companies who are more centered on creativity and unique ideas over mass spending and optimized graphic titles of mainstream games.


Only time will tell, what do you think of Ubisoft’s decision for the future? 

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