Oblivion Dev Talks Next-Gen

As part of the latest Gamasutra podcast on next-gen development, Bethesda Software's Todd Howard (The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion) has commented on the trials of next-gen game development, noting that next-gen games must "pick their battles" when it comes to feature implementation.

Howard, who has just finished executive producing critically acclaimed Xbox 360 and PC titles Oblivion, commented in the podcast: "Now that you can see one game do amazing grass, or another game do amazing facial animation, consumers are savvy enough to to know that the hardware does all of this... You kind of feel obligated to do all of that, and so the time it takes to really detail out all of these elements goes up exponentially."

The Bethesda exec also added: "I think what we are sort of seeing is that you need to pick your battles. Meaning that the games overall might start doing less, but those elements are much, much more realized."

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Assassin's Creed Shadows Is 5 Years Too Late

The Nerd Stash: "Ubisoft is finally bringing players to Japan with Assassin's Creed Shadows, but this samurai/ninja epic might arrive too late."

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-Foxtrot1d 7h ago

More like 12 year...people have been going on about Japan or China since after Assassins Creed 3

Hell I even remember seeing people talk about it before Brotherhood or Revelations came out.

Ubisoft ignored people for over a decade and clearly decided to do it once they saw how successful games like Ghost of Tsushima become.

isarai5h ago(Edited 5h ago)

Well, the funny thing is in the very first game once you unlock the eagle vision outside the Animus, people deciphered the writing on the wall and it gave a lot of hints to China and japan being the next or one of the next locations. And now they only do it when someone else already did it for them, and better imo.

Hell one of the directors literally addressed people's demands to.follow through on the hints the game had, and blatantly said they will never have an AC set in that location.

Me and my friends called it while playing GoT, like "i bet Ubisoft announces an AC game set in China or Japan now" and they announce TWO 🤣

Inverno3h ago

The creators had plans for this series which where put on hold indefinitely for the milking Ubi had planned. Pretty sure they were gonna take this to Japan after 2, but then focused on Ezio. Which is why the modern day stuff fell apart too.

notachance32m ago

They know it was heavily requested so they kept it as a trump card while milking the series until it was dry. GoT finally snapped their eyes open but since you can't just release a game on the spot it takes them this long for a catch up game.

Idk how successful it will be though, with all the controversies surrounding it, either about the race stuff or ubisoft bad practices in general.

CrimsonWing694h ago

Better late than never. I haven’t been into an Ass Creed game since Black Flag and I only liked the non-Ass Creed parts of that game. This one will be the first I’ve played since Unity, which killed any interest I had with the series,

Friendlygamer3h ago(Edited 3h ago)

Nah, tsushima is all countryside and beach and sekiro and nioh are fantasy, a more urban feudal japan setting is fresh. Besides we get a new European medieval game every 10 minutes, why can't multiple companies do Japan ? I would love onimusha, tenchu and way of the samurai to come back.

I hate the idea of a gaming company 'owning' a setting, I want more high budget cowboy games besides red dead !!!!

neutralgamer199220m ago

Ghost of Tsushima has set a high bar for games in the vein of Assassin’s Creed. While having more options is generally beneficial, Ubisoft seems to struggle with their direction, which can sometimes undermine those benefits. If it was not for the success of Tsushima I don’t think we would ever get assassin Creed game in Japan. Even now sucker punch are a much much smarter team of developers that did Tsushima And now we have Ubisoft who have 15 studios helping making one game

Games like Ghost of Tsushima, Nioh, and Sekiro stand out because they focus on gameplay and setting without the burden of microtransactions or mandatory online connections for single-player content. They prioritize quality over quantity, something Ubisoft could learn from.

The upcoming Assassin’s Creed game will inevitably be compared to its predecessors and other high-quality titles. It needs to meet or exceed these quality standards. We don’t need another 80-100 hour marathon; we need content that offers a compelling and engaging experience.

Instead of criticizing other companies for excelling, we should encourage Ubisoft to elevate their standards. No single company owns a setting or genre, but the quality of some releases naturally sets a benchmark for others. Let’s push for better quality from Ubisoft rather than lowering our expectations

chicken_in_the_corn3h ago

Why release it at a time when the setting is so common? Releasing it now lets it stand out more.

banger883h ago

Too late, too woke and too anti-consumer with it's drm.

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