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Ubisoft Boss Praises Project Cafe, Foresees Sales Success

Posted by James Newton

The house of Rayman speaks

Ubisoft has heavily supported the 3DS and Wii during their respective launch periods, so it's no surprise to hear the giant publisher is already looking to Nintendo's next console, currently codenamed Project Café.

In a recent investor call, Ubi CEO Yves Guillemot praised the console, which is set to be unveiled at E3 on 7th June.

The platform Nintendo is coming with is really a fantastic platform. We think it will be extremely successful.

Guillemot also hinted at the machine's graphical power, stating that the work invested into creating games for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 will mean making games for Café is easy:

What we see is that we will be able to leverage a lot of the work we do for Xbox 360 and PS3 while we create games for the platform. So we will not have to redo completely the games that we create. We'll be able to use all the capacity the console is giving but also use all the work we do for the other platforms.

Guillemot could be referring to straightforward ports, being able to use game engines designed for PS3 and 360 to create new experiences on Café or — the most likely option — a combination of the two.

Could we see popular Ubisoft franchises such as Assassin's Creed, Splinter Cell and Ghost Recon come to Project Café? We'll keep you posted.


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User Comments (41)



Archy said:

Seriously Ubisoft kind of pisses me off lately, well not as much as Activision and SONY but still. Even though they are greedy they manage not to look like the type of greedy company that SNOTY is. They seem like a retarded greedy company because of their stupid ports, when on the other hand SONY is the pure evil greedy company that pisses of their userbase with devotion.



daznsaz said:

just going on about what they can straight port again instead of something new



WaveBoy said:

Yay, more shotty horrible last gen ports with a tacked on new interface for the Wii2's launch. Piss off Ubisoft.



iPruch said:

Incredible... They doesn't even hide their real thougths and oportunistic creepy-ports copy&paste 99% (the 1% remaining is not for added content, but for new bugs and inexplicable removes).

Can't believe this company was the one which made the original Rayman...



thebluelight1 said:

"We'll be able to use all the capacity the console is giving but also use all the work we do for the other platforms." Is this referring to significantly more powerful hardware, a funky new controller or both? I hope it's both. But does this mean shoddy ports or a definitive version of Beyond Good and Evil 2? I unfortuantly forsee the former



dizzy_boy said:

so, basicly, what this guy is saying is. when microsoft and sony bring out their next home consolses, nintendo`s will be llacking in power compared to the opposition, and project cafe is only good for hand me down last gen ports.



alLabouTandroiD said:

Well, i hope that good games of these franchises come to the Wii's successor. I don't mind if they're just ports because i don't have one of these other two consoles.
But yeah, in the end the "Wii 2" needs exclusive games or features that distinguish it from PS360 and make it worth buying for players that already own these systems too. That is if Nintendo doesn't want it being in any kind of state the Wii is in right now.



Late said:

Why does it look to me that everyone takes these kind of news too harshly...
Few bad news isn't the end of the world. There's still people who make new games.



moosa said:

Hmm... These comments pretty much prove those leaked images going around were true. o.o At least the ones showing the console itself. Still have a hard time believing the controller as it was shown.



Angelic_Lapras_King said:

And you know what this means? MORE RABBID GAMES. D=

Still, hope what they say means no more downgraded ports on a Nintendo home console...



rjejr said:

I'm just happy this seems like a real product, as in far along in the making, and not just something N is thinking about for somewhere down the road. I know the "unveil" is due at E3, but DNF unveiled 12 years ago and it still isn't out yet. The Wii is suffering and this needs a 2012 release.



aaronsullivan said:

Good. Hopefully, for 2 years at least, big cross platform third party games come to all three consoles, instead of weak ports due the graphics and controller limitations of the Wii. How this statement can be read any other way is baffling me. What are you all going on about?

No exclusives? Nintendo will always have the most exclusives. That has never been an issue for Nintendo.



Malkeor said:

Interesting thought though. They do mention ports but they could possibly create future PORTable titles, (not handheld portable >.>), make them for the Project Cafe, they water it down for the PS3, 360. Basically how things are right now with us for the Wii.
We would get the optimized version, they will get the version that isn't the best visually, etc.

Though i still prefer original titles JUST for the Project Cafe, especially with all the different features that could be used in fantastic ways with the system.



taffy said:

Given what UBI soft's launch line up was like for the Wii and what it has been like for the 3DS, I think i'll be staying clear of them. I learnt my lesson after Far Cry: Vengance... urgh :-s



Rapadash6 said:

It's probably sad that the only thing I want to see Ubisoft port over to Project Cafe is Beyond Good & Evil HD, which isn't anything more than a simple resolution increase.



JimLad said:

Seems like they got the horse power side of things good (I don't see the industry shifting to a higher level standard anytime soon)
but the other half of the battle is online infrastructure, that's how they started losing support in the Gamecube era. I really hope they just copy Xbox Live or hand it over to someone else who knows what they're doing.



RoyalBlur said:

Why is it people want to makes ports instead of making something entirely new? I love how PlayStation has done a road of uniqueness with creating new experiences like ModNation Racers and LittleBigPlanet.



armoredghor said:

I think it's good that ubisoft is supporting it. They're one of the few 3rd parties that give consistently good games to nintendo.



Sean_Aaron said:

The major release titles cost A LOT of money and time to create; I don't think it's reasonable to expect a 3rd party not to even the odds by trying to get sales from as many players as possible. No platform owner should expect an exclusive unless they're somehow paying for it.



Neram said:

This pretty much proves that Project Cafe is going to be behind drastically compared to the competition, in terms of graphical horsepower. It's probably going to be the Wii all over again, watered down ports of games from other next-gen systems, and eventually NGP ports, just like how Wii has PSP ports.

My guess is that Cafe will be less powerful than the Xbox 360, considering Wii was less powerful than Xbox.



TheGreenSpiny said:

@15: I was wondering if that's what they ment, if the games were built for Cafe and ported to the PS360, that would be fine. The other way around? Not so much.
@21: I expect exclusives, otherwise why buy a console? The reason I've been such a Nintendo fanboy all these years is because of thier exclusives. Yes most of those are 1st party titles, but the Wii has had a good share of awesome 3rd party exclusives.



Token_Girl said:

Microsoft is supposedly announcin their new console at E3 too, so Cafe's parity with other consoles won't last long.



thebluelight1 said:

@Token_Girl the rumours of that are unlikely to be true, I'm expecting a lot of Kinect presence from them, hopefully something that will get me remembering I have one other than seeing Child of Eden occasionally advertised



moosa said:

Yeah, I expect Microsoft and Sony to wait until they see what Nintendo has up their sleeves before they finish up plans for their own consoles. They can't fight with just horsepower anymore.



komicturtle said:

Uh oh.

I'm expecting a surge of lacking ports. Ubi needs to use the console's potential because porting PS3 and 360 games just won't show what the system can apparently do. Oh, and make use of the supposed controller please... The right way...



moosa said:

@Molotov No... Neither Wii nor 3DS had any launch games from Nintendo that were ports. Nor did the Gamecube or N64 or etc. And besides, ports aren't a bad thing. If people buy them that means they want them. If you don't want them, just don't buy them.



Ren said:

Wow, so much anger. Of course there will be ports. Many of us never got any of the great HD games of THIS gen because of the Wii's lacking fine HD graphics. I'd rather get those games ported over easily so we can have them, and then them spend the real manpower on new games for all the consoles at once. Is that so hard to imagine? Are ports really so bad if they're games that we didn't get to play, and it takes less work to port them over? keep your pants on guys.



thesignpainter said:

eventually graphics are gonna reach a wall, a point when they can't get any better, ever. when you can't tell the difference real life and the game. then what are you guys gonna be whining about?



timp29 said:

Yeah, I have to say ports are vital to a console launch. Look at 3Ds for gods sake. It is a quick and easy way to flesh out a game library and a few quick and easy bucks for the game companies.



Sean_Aaron said:

Given current gen TVs top out at 1080p I don't think graphics is going to be a defining issue for the next generation of machines. It's going to be the interface and the ecosystem. The latter is where Nintendo really needs to play catch-up. Nintendo's next machine has to be able to do more out of the box than report the weather and play disc games. They need a real operating system there and some kind of integrated online capability which is both powerful and seamless rather than forcing developers to reinvent the wheel every time they want to put online features in their games.

To be honest I don't expect them to step up to the plate, but if they've learned anything from Microsoft it should be how to do the online thing; they seem to have gotten that right even if I find the Xbox games library uninspiring.

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