Gaming is now seeing franchises that originally debuted on past-gen and current-gen hardware are now ditching the old completely. Not having to launch a game on PS3 and Xbox 360 enables a lot more for developers. Being able to solely develop for PS4, Xbox One and PC means less is being sacrificed.
Take a game like Watch Dogs, for example. Ubisoft released the first iteration in the franchise for current-gen as well as Wii U, Xbox 360 and PS3. Fast forward to today and Watch Dogs 2 is ditching those three platforms and focusing on current-gen.
Not having to develop games cross-generationally means a game’s systems and visuals aren’t sacrificed. Danny Belanger, who is a director on Watch Dogs 2, spoke about the luxury of not having to develop for the last-generation of consoles as well as the Wii U, and what the newfound freedom has allowed Ubisoft to do.
“It’s obvious when you have many SKUs that the pipeline and process is much heavier. You have to take into account the different optimizations and quality of art. If we add a feature we had to ask ourselves if it could be done on the other platforms.
“So, it’s great to focus on just fewer consoles and take full advantage of their power. It helps us take a step forward and include new features that we want to do rather than having to think about the weaker hardware. It’s been a lot easier,” Belanger told HardcoreGamer.
Watch Dogs 2‘s developers have been able to focus more on gameplay versus scaling it down. It is easily more common these days for games to be current-gen only. That said, many franchises, like Watch Dogs, are enjoying their first current-gen only releases.
Watch Dogs 2 is taking players to a new setting and will star a new protagonist. Marcus Holloway is the man in the spotlight of San Francisco, and this world is far bigger than the original’s. Ubisoft is known for creating massive open-worlds and the Bay Area will be no exception to that.
Watch Dogs 2 will debut this coming Nov. 15 for PS4, Xbox One and PC. Stick around here at We Write Things for more on Watch Dogs.
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