With the Xbox One X now available and PlayStation 4 Pro having launched only a year ago, it’s easy to assume it will be awhile before Sony or Microsoft releases new consoles. However, according to Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot, it could be a “minimum of two years” before we receive the next generations of PlayStation and Xbox.
Due to the company’s several long-running successful franchises on both platforms, including Assassin’s Creed and Far Cry, the CEO’s prediction holds some weight as possible insider knowledge, but Guillemot also clarifies its validity. “As Sony launched PlayStation 4 Pro last year and Microsoft Xbox One X this year, we think we still have a minimum of two years in front of us before something new is coming,” said Guillemot during an investors’ call (via GameSpot). “But that’s our perception, we don’t have any confidential information on that front.”
The CEO also spun the conversation into a positive outlook on Sony and Microsoft’s recent consoles. “We really like the fact that Sony and Microsoft are really putting more power in their machines, using the evolution of technology to give power to our developers to create better games for our players,” he said.
In comparison with previous console upgrades, such as moving from Xbox to Xbox 360, both companies’ recent systems don’t offer exclusive titles as of now. They offer a power enhancement to those who want it, instead of forcing Xbox or PlayStation fans to buy the latest console in fear of missing out on new games. “That is going in the right direction rather than trying to do accessories or other things,” he said. “That is going to help the industry a lot because the games will be really beautiful on those machines.”
As for what Ubisoft does know for a fact, the company’s latest game Assassin’s Creed: Origins has sold double the number of copies than the previous entry, Syndicate, in the same 10-day launch window. Ubisoft is also enjoying surprising success on the Nintendo Switch, recently revealing Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle and Just Dance 2018 helped accumulate 19 percent of its latest quarterly earnings.