Ubisoft wants to run the same engine on all hardware

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If there’s one thing that Ubisoft is good at, it’s recycling gameplay engines. Sure, it can look cheap and old sometimes, but hey, it’s also great for keeping costs down on games with budgets so big, you could afford to buy several African countries with the cash, pave them over and sell them to the Chinese as a parking lot and I’m drifting again! Ubisoft has a new gameplay engine coming up. And it’s going to be everywhere within the next couple of years.

Speaking with GI International, Ubisoft managing director Nicolas Rioux explained that he expects the company to have “mostly the same engine running on tablet and the main console,” within the next three to four years.

“In the future, it will be easier for us to provide this kind of experience,” Rioux said, adding that he also felt that the addition of a second screen would be a more common extension of games in the future, whether they be console peripherals, tablets or smartphones.

What I like in second-screen play is its accessibility, which means different types of people can play. Those who don’t know how to play with the [controller] or don’t like to play with it can use touch. So that’s the first good element.

It gives you an opportunity to play from outside the home with your friends who are playing from their homes. So I’m in an airport, and I can play with my friends using my iPad if I have a good connection. We think this is going to open lots of new possibilities to the industry, and to the type of gameplay that can occur.

Rioux also felt that this new manner of gaming, wouldn’t alienate current gamers, as the full experience of a game would still be available on their chosen platform. “For the person playing on the tablet, maybe for him that game is more accessible. Honestly, we give the players new opportunities,” Rioux said.

It’s not a big issue for console players to play the tablet version to have a more complete experience. I’m a console player and a gamer on tablets; for me to have these new possibilities is not a constraint.

It’s not a bad idea in theory, but it’s also an ide that needs to feel like more than just a quick gimmick. Take Bayonetta 2 for instance. I loved that I could play the game on the smaller Wii U screen, even if it was a touch too easy with the touch pad controls.

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But it does expand a game. And honestly, more gamers on whatever platform isn’t a bad thing at all.

Last Updated: July 4, 2013

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  • OVG

    That is why the games are never the deciding factor when buying a console. The ports all look the same.

    Another gen with on PAR competition. Makes sense to buy the cheaper console.

    • Trevor Davies

      but less convenient to order a pizza. trollol

      • OVG

        and control your game using your penis.

        • Trevor Davies

          You can get a penis with your pizza, I saw it on the internet.

  • TiMsTeR1033

    Damn that game looks good!

  • Sir Twakkus

    I feel you buddy… woe the master race!

  • Theo Steenekamp

    Most ION headers dont look as good as this game.

    • Lourens Jordaan

      Agreed. I’ve got that shot as a desktop background.

  • TiMsTeR1033

    why is jeff goldblum in this picture too?

    • Trevor Davies

      cos it’s independence day

      • RinceWind

        The aliens are coming!

        • TiMsTeR1033

          there been aliens working with cia ect for years mark my words

          • RinceWind

            You know it man! Foilhat, engage!

        • Trevor Davies

          grab your macbooks!

          • TiMsTeR1033

            like aliens want that….

          • RinceWind

            Yeah! And that was a first edition, imagine what we could do now? We could play Dead Space while killing actual aliens. And when we get swarmed, we casually ask the aliens if they want to purchase something through micro transactions. When they see that shit they’ll fly home

          • Trevor Davies

            yes, and tell them that even though they bought it, it’s not actually theirs, they’re just renting it – & the 4,054,322 page EULA they signed now says we own their ships.

          • RinceWind

            Haha Yeah. They’d be like ‘any civilization that can survive on T&Cs like that must be near god like in its arrogance’ and then get the hell out of our solar system.

    • Major Commodore 64 Darryn B

      It’s Bill Pullman dammit!

      • TiMsTeR1033

        well if he wasnt such a blur I could tell

      • Tauriq Moosa

        Dont you mean Bill Paxton?

  • Trevor Davies

    It IS always better.

  • Charles Du Plessis

    can’t wait for this game and I for one love the interconnectivity of things these day and this is another awesome example.

  • RinceWind

    I like the idea of this to be honest. Give the options, they will come…

  • Hang on…

    ummmm…. the headline is about ONE engine to rule them all, and the boxed quotes are all about second screen play. Am I missing something?

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