If you’ve visited Game Rant at all today, you’ve probably noticed a lot of talk about Microsoft’s next-generation console, the Xbox One, which was unveiled today amidst a slew of titles being officially announced for the new platform, including Forza Motorsport 5 and Battlefield 4.
The response from both gamers and critics has been mixed, since while the console boasts some impressive new technology and won’t necessarily be always-online, it also won’t be backwards-compatible. That aside, one of the major factors that will influence the console’s launch is the lineup of games that will be released on the platform over the next year.
A new press release from Ubisoft has confirmed what we more or less already knew: that their two biggest forthcoming titles, Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag and Watch Dogs, are both going to be released on the Xbox One as well as the Xbox 360 and other current-generation consoles.
The press release also states that Ubisoft will release at least six other major titles for the platform during the first six months of release, comprising both new episodes of existing franchises, new IPs and digital download titles. Ubisoft will give a full presentation of the titles it has planned at their E3 press conference this summer, and CEO Yves Guillemot has expressed a desire to make the most out of the new console’s “all-in-one” gaming and social media capabilities:
“The next generation of consoles will reinvigorate our industry and make it possible for us to deliver incredible new entertainment to gamers. Our teams are using the innovations in connectivity, immersion and social gaming included in Xbox One to create original and memorable next-gen gaming experiences.”
This makes sense for Watch Dogs, which is largely about the power – and dangers – of modern technology and social media, and the digital footprint that we all leave behind. For the eighteenth century adventures of Assassin’s Creed IV, however, the value of having all your gaming and social media outlets connected is a little more difficult to imagine. Perhaps the game will automatically send out a tweet every time you plunder some booty, though surely it’s a little crass to boast about that sort of thing?
The other main selling point for the Xbox One that was presented today was the Minority Report factor – namely, the ability to control and navigate the console through body language and verbal commands, presumably playing off the idea that everyone secretly wants to be Tony Stark and casually sass the technology around them.
We’ll have to wait and see how well the system can be integrated into the basic controls of gaming, and how smoothly it functions outside of a press conference, but at least there were no “bottom of an avatar’s shoe” moments during the reveal of the Xbox One.
The two new confirmations don’t really give the Xbox One much of an edge over the competition, since both Watch Dogs and Assassin’s Creed IV will also be released on the PlayStation 4, PC and Wii U as well as current-generation Xbox and PlayStation consoles, but they do add to the solid lineup that Microsoft will need for a successful Xbox One launch.
Let us know what you make of the Xbox One unveiling – and these latest title announcements from Ubisoft – in the comments.
Watch Dogs releases November 19, 2013 for the PC, PS3, Xbox 360 and Wii U, with releases planned for the PS4 and Xbox One.
Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag is also being released on all the above consoles, from October 29, 2013.