The Wii U’s visuals will not only compete with the PS3 and Xbox 360, but be “superior for some of the games” says Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot – and the company intend to be on the platform on “day one” with their new FPS franchise.
Yves Guillemot – and by extension Ubisoft – is clearly very excited at the potential of Nintendo’s new console, and believes that it will be more than a worthy competitor for the PS3 and Xbox 360 even for he most graphically demanding titles – and exceed them in places, making it a viable platform for “hardcore” genres such as first-person shooters.
Asked how it compared to the other HD consoles visually, Guillemot told gamesindustry.biz: “I think at least [as powerful]. It should be even superior for some of the games. We don’t know everything, so we have a few things Nintendo is telling us that will have such and such powers.”
Guillemot was cagey on how long they had had Wii U hardware to work with – “I’m not sure of the exact date but it has been a project for quite some time” – but that “from the beginning when we saw that console we were impressed by the level of quality of the experience you could get.”
It was clear, though, that he didn’t feel producing for Wii U as well as PS3 and 360 would drive development costs up: “It doesn’t increase it very much because the advantage is in being close to the other machines, you can do the game for all the formats at the same time.”
He also stated firmly that Ubisoft will be onboard with the Wii U at launch: “certainly we will announce one game that we want to launch day one that is a new type of game, which should be interesting. It’s a first-person shooter game.”
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