Ubisoft Montreal CEO Supports An Always-Online Future, Says Gamers Will Too

By Trevor Ruben , Updated Apr 15, 2013 01:36 PM EDT
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Ubisoft loves new things. It's true. The company jumped on-board with the Wii U with "Assassin's Creed 3" and "ZombiU" on launch day and it's doing the same with "Watch Dogs" on the PS4. You can bet the developer/publisher will be there for the next Xbox launch as well, always-online or not.

Ubisoft Montreal CEO Yannis Mallat told The Guardian he and Ubisoft are all for an always-online console, as long as it benefits the gamer.

"I would say that a lot of people are already always online through other devices - I would suspect that the audience is ready," he said. Mirroring similar sentiments expressed on our site, Mallat says that gamers acceptence of an always-online console is almost here.

"As soon as players don't have to worry, then they will only take into account the benefits that those services bring. And I agree, these services need to provide clear benefits. It's important to be able to provide direct connections between us and our consumers, whether that's extra content or online services, a lot of successful games have that."

Mallat pointed to "Watch Dogs," coming to PS3, Xbox 360, Wii U, PS4 and, presumably, the next Xbox whenever it gets announced, as a game which takes full advantage of increased connectivity in gaming.

"With the online multiplayer aspects of a game, we can say - and this is true already of 'Watch Dogs' - that the next generation will help us to blur the lines between on and offline play and between single and multiplayer. It will be a totally new way to play. I think we showed that last year with the 'Watch Dogs' trailer and also the live demo we did in February at the Sony PlayStation 4 event. Essentially it will be possible for friends to jump in and out of each other's games without completely changing the experience or becoming an essential part of the storyline that players craft for themselves."

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