Ubisoft: "Linear story games are really going to suffer in the modern marketplace

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Creative director Alex Hutchinson thinks video sharing is the way forward

The writing is on the wall for the corridor FPS, Far Cry 4's creative director Alex Hutchinson has told OXM, as video sharing services make the element of repetition harder and harder to ignore.

Far Cry 4 doesn't, of course, fall into this category: it's an open world blaster in which you clamber up tigers and shoot at mountains, or possibly the other way round. Hutchinson anticipates a variety of amusing fan videos, once the game finally makes its way to Xbox One and... The Other One, consoles that are now equipped with idiot-proof access to Youtube and Twitch.

"I'm really interested in emergent games and where that's going with video sharing and Twitch," he observed, as part of a lengthy chat with interviewer Andy Robinson. "I think linear story games are really going to suffer in the modern marketplace.

"They're already super high-quality, and we're already seeing their audiences migrate to the big open world games. If I open my friends list and see everybody on the same mission, doing the same thing... I think that's nowhere near as strong a sales pitch as opening your friends list and seeing 40 people doing completely different things."

The "non-linearity versus linearity" debate is as old as the hills, but the arrival of new consoles with hefty online support has complicated matters. Broad-based online action games like Destiny are fun to muck around in, but there's the risk of spreading activities too thinly, relying on social interaction (or piecemeal injections of post-release content) to make up for it. Against that backdrop, an old school A-to-B shooter like Wolfenstein: The New Order with densely structured challenges has a certain appeal.

What I've played of Far Cry 4, at least, suggests that Ubisoft Montreal has created a world that's both easy and interesting to explore. For more on the subject, pick up a copy of the new magazine, which goes on sale in the UK this week.



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lol Ubisoft is slowly losing all credibility with these stupid statements.

Not the smartest thing to say.

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Ye they arent...

Ubisoft please stahp

I predict that the Wii U will sell a total of 18 million units in its lifetime. 

The NX will be a 900p machine

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While it is true that some of the biggest IP and older ones is now going open world like Destiny, Watchdogs, FarCry, GTA, Assassin's Creed, Dark Souls, etc There is also still room for a linear cinematic experience like Uncharted, Halo, Call of Duty, as well as others.

Maybe open world will take over and still keep the cinematic format of some of these games, it is possible but there is plenty of big linear games as well.

I do think that open world is becoming more and more popular though, that he is right about.

Well Valiant Heroes, Rayman legend, and child of light would like to have a word. Those games was published under Ubisoft anyway. Maybe in term of sales they are decent but in terms of quality and popularity there will always people who will buy those type of games.

we will see once uncharted 4 comes out.

Another FUD BS from UbiSoft. No statement from them without an agenda it seems.

LemonSlice said:
Another FUD BS from UbiSoft. No statement from them without an agenda it seems.

thats kind of the point of PR