'Christmas 07 will be key' - Guillemot

Ubisoft president Yves Guillemot has told GamesIndustry.biz that he believes Christmas 2007 will be an important factor in determining who wins the next-gen console war.

Speaking in an exclusive interview, Guillemot said, "I think next Christmas will really be key. In January 2008, we will have a really good idea of who is going to win in this generation."

Guillemot believes it's too early to predict how market share will be split in the new cycle; however, he did state, "For sure, Nintendo and Microsoft will play a bigger role than in the last cycle."

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THELANDSOFSAND6263d ago (Edited 6263d ago )

I sense by the end of 2007 it will be clear through games, sales and online support who is the winner in the generation. isn't it the first to 10 million?

I think this christmas would be more relevant, but the shortages will make it not fair in sales terms.

Tut6263d ago

That 10 million units thing is just a theory, so I wouldn't rely on it too much.

The shortages will greatly affect this thing though. As long as I get mine and games keep coming I don't care who "wins".

WhEeLz6263d ago

thats why he said christmas "07" not this year....

Sphinx6263d ago

This Christmas will be important and all, but its next Christmas that will basically proclaim the winner.

Dusk6263d ago

This Christmas, the PS3 will be mostly dwarfed by the Wii and the 360. This is due mostly to PS3 manufacturing problems and that the 360 is farther along in its game release cycle. Next Christmas, however, these two factors won't be an issue. The PS3 will have finally launched in Europe and both competing systems (360 and PS3) will have lots of games on the market.

Microsoft has already scored a huge victory with the 360's early release, however. I'm not saying which system will outsell the other, but the 360's early release has secured itself an equivalent amount (actually a little more)of developer support as the PS3. This is a huge deal. The PS2 was a far inferior system (hardware-wise) than the Xbox, but it had 10 times the developer support. Ultimately, that is what made the PS2 so successful. There were just so many more games for it, even if they didn't look or play as good.

This time around, the game output is looking to be very similar as far as numbers of supporting developers go between the two systems (with the slight edge at this point actually going to the 360). This fact alone will sell more 360s than original Xbox's. The real battle between the 360 and PS3 won't really start until Christmas 07, however.

zonetrooper56263d ago

There might be a shortage of PS3's by next year around christmas, they are trying to get many consoles to japan and north america. Then in 3-4 months time they launch in Europe which the PS3 will be in short supply. the PS3 shortages will last until, well i reckon until end of summer maybe even into fall of next year.

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Alice: Madness Returns - Retro Review

Reviewing Alice: Madness Returns almost feels like a rite of passage for me. You see, I'm from the same town as the childhood home of Charles Dodgson, better known to you and I by his pen-name, Lewis Carroll. As such, he's a bit of a local culture icon.

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Relientk773h ago

I played Alice: Madness Returns for the first time last year. What an amazing game and adventure. It's a huge shame we aren't getting a sequel to it. It absolutely deserves another game.

0hMyGandhi1h ago

oh yeah, I remember this game! I remember liking it, but found the platforming to be utterly obnoxious. Loved the world design.

Good review!


27 Years Later: Revisiting the Legacy of 'Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire' on N64

Explore the enduring legacy of 'Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire' on its 27th anniversary, a game that revolutionized storytelling and gameplay in the Star Wars universe.

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DaReapa3h ago

This game is in desperate need of a remake.


The 7 Best Xbox 360 Games - Console Exclusives Win the Day

The Xbox 360 was a fantastic console in its day with some truly classic titles, but what are the seven best games for the console?

DrDoomer2d ago

I'm pretty used to these lists being bad, but this one is particularly s#ite.

raWfodog1d 23h ago

I think Lost Odyssey and Blue Dragon should have been added to the list.

BrainSyphoned2d ago

I'll go with,
Lost Odyssey, Blue Dragon, Culdcept Saga, Shadow Complex, Ace Combat 6 with the flight stick,A Kingdom for Keflings, A World of Keflings.
Bonus Kinect Games: Happy Action Theater and Sesame Street.
*Skyrim was so bad on PS3 that it almost deserves to be #1*

Husker42c2d ago

I really loved Shadow Complex.

P_Bomb1d 21h ago

Ah yes, Shadow Complex! Good indies back in the day. Summer of Arcade. I enjoyed Trials Evolution as well.

DeusFever2d ago (Edited 2d ago )

Was this made by a.i.? No human being would put Shadowrun, Fable III, and Splinter Cell: Conviction into a list of the 7 best Xbox 360 games.

Abnor_Mal2d ago (Edited 2d ago )

Would love to play Ace Combat6 on PlayStation, but Xbox decided to buy exclusivity and keep it off a competing platform.

The only mainline game I never played except for one level at a friends place. Game sold less than any other in the series if I remember correctly.

darthv721d 16h ago

360 had Namco hitters AC6 and RR6... both quality titles. You should at least bust out the 360 for AC6 if you can score the flight stick. Its great.

Hofstaderman1d 22h ago

When the current gen XBOX offering is so lacking people need to refer to games released two generations back....