Watch Dogs and Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag are both being developed for Microsoft's unannounced next-gen Xbox, a pair of Ubisoft employees appear to have confirmed.
This should surprise no one.
thats why i liked the fact that sony announced the PS4 early, just to let the cat out the bag. Everyone knew both consoles where due out this year. why hide it, and keep these companies under NDA, when they are working on next-gen games?
Learn how business works then you wouldn't ask the question. NDAs are there for more than simply announcing a console game or details.
I know that, but still... We've known the existance of these consoles since last year. it makes no sense to hide it.
When you're in competition you keep as much as you can secret so that competitors don't steal your ideas.
On top of what Mustang300C2012 and dcbronco said, it's a key business decision when, where and how to announce your product. Especially something as big as the next generation Xbox that you invest billions of dollars into.
I like the since of mystique surrounding the new XBOX
I personally don't see how saying something everyone knew is creating a sense of mystique. Unless, you're talking about something else.
isnt what is being kept secret. Its the details of how the system is comprised that is being kept under wraps. Ms will do their reveal when its convenient for them. Perhaps their reveal is more than what sony did. Maybe theirs will actually show the system and give price and details about how it works with live or if a new live will be released to coincide. simply saying "we are working on a new system" and then not showing anything isnt their style. They generally are more prepared for such things because its better to address the questions people will have at the same time.
Why hide it? Glad you dont work for anyone that has to keep their projects secret. Devs have been saying "headed to nextgen consoles"... Maeaning ps/xbox... really easy
There are plenty of good reasons to hide it. For instance, you don't want to negatively impact the sales of current generation consoles before your next generation system is ready, and if you announce too early, you won't have enough content to show (those demos aren't made overnight, and the developers have to take time away from developing the games in order to make the demos ready to show). Not to mention the secrecy aspect of it, so your competition doesn't steal your ideas.
I was under the assumption that after Sony released the specs for the PS4, Microsoft was making tweeks and small changes... Or at least that was the rumor I heard. If this is true, it's no surprise that MS is taking its time. Nonetheless, I think the anticipation is most important here. They've created quite a buzz already.
The only difference I can see between the Next Gen consoles will be the 1st party games. Multiplats will look identical. The deciding factor in which of the 2 is purchased will come down to what games you prefer. Some will buy both, but I want just one console next gen.... Cannot wait til E3! *Edit @nukeitall Yeah, I agree to a point. But I care less about anything other than playing quality games on a quality console. I don't care for other services (TV etc) I already pay for.
""The only difference I can see between the Nex Gen consoles is the 1st party games. Multiplats will look identical. "" i like that ...and i hope this will be always the case
I know that I will eventually own all of them. :)
There will still be people counting pixels on tree bark and claiming superiority because of it.
@sway_z: "The deciding factor in which of the 2 is purchased will come down to what games you prefer." That is only partially true anymore. Consoles has migrated beyond just gaming, just like (smart) phones have migrated far past just to make calls. Consoles aren't just simply dumb gaming boxes anymore. The differentiation and competition will encompass platform, features, services, convenience, interface, games and so on.
It's not just games, but also features: The PS3 had a bluray which was a distinctive feature, The PS4 will have game streaming and we don't know if and what MS will offer to counter that. Games might look identical (probably not even that), but the question is will they play identical.
Yup , It will only surprise microsoft .
I, for one, am totally speechless. /s
Secrecy worked for Nintendo. Let see how it does for Sony/MS. That we don't end up with their biggest secret of all RROD/YLOD. I hope they developed their systems to last a little longer this time.
"The games are listed on the LinkedIn profiles of Ubisoft gameplay programmer Paolo Maninetti and marketing artist Phil Brolles, who state between them that both games are headed to "X720"." ~You guys better watch out, MS's Ninjas will be out for you.~
Why did they have to confirm this?
MS has obviously told devs and publishers to start leaking info about the Durango's upcoming games. They need to overshadow the recent bad press. It's a controlled leak.
If you actually believe that lol
I just took a controlled leak in the toilet :) haha sorry couldn't help myself
He's right. No publisher thus far has "confirmed" such a thing. In fact, most just kept pretending on wasn't even being worked on. Nothing in business is done on accident. They very much gave publishers permission to start stating 720 exist.
Like we do not know already.
Announcing a game for an unannounced console? Can they do that?
Maybe MS has unofficially loosened up the reigns that allows the devs to at least acknowledge the Nextbox exists.
I tend to think Munky is right. Not only do we get Ubisoft aknowledging its existence and confirming games but we also get a new "leak" in the last couple of days that in a nut shell counters all the negative rumors that were swirling around the Twitter debacle. I think MS quietly loosened things up to stop the PR Nightmare spin that was happening. And this way they still can have their "big reveal" event without appearing to have caved to pressure.
"Announcing a game for an unannounced console? Can they do that?" pretty sure there were some mentions about PS4 games before sony announced it... but i may be mistaken.
Well I've thought all along that ms were deliberately leaking stuff just so they could gauge reaction to it. They get to see if people were pissed but still willing to swallow it, or pissed but ready to mutiny, then base their strategy on that. Im thinking maybe the specs leaks were probably close to the money but the always on stuff is not gonna happen even if at one point it might have been intended.
@nukeitall ..with respect :) Screw all this convoluted, unnecessarily complicated crap coming with next gen. Most people buy a console to play GAMES...These so-called services are just another way of these companies attempts to squeeze more money out of the gamer. Let's get back to basics - We are Gamers...that's the only service that interests me. #wearegamers