Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot has spoken in glowing terms about Nintendo's forthcoming NX console and has confirmed that his company has unannounced projects in development for the machine.
Guillemot was speaking at a recent Ubisoft presentation and claims that NX is a fresh and new approach:
The new Nintendo [console] is a fantastic machine. It's really a new approach, it's really Nintendo, [which is] coming with something new again. We love it.
The Ubisoft CEO also stated that consoles which "disrupt" the marketplace are attractive to developers and publishers:
We always take disruptions on the positive side. We think each time that it's an opportunity for our creators to take more risks. When a machine is installed, there are a certain number of brands that take up the time of players, so they're going to buy the next Assassin's Creed or Call of Duty. Even if they say, 'I'm interested in what you're doing,' at the end of the day they first buy what they know, then go somewhere else.
When they change machines, they consider that it is better to try what has been done for that machine. This gives us an opportunity to totally change an IP that we have done before, or to create new experiences and new IPs.
What we see is, players are more open when new hardware is coming. So we have the chance to come with something we have never done before, because we know that if we are the first there, people will try our game and maybe we'll be able to get into that new genre," he explained. "As our people wanted to do a game like ZombiU, they were happy they could just use the Wii U to do it. For us, a machine is a tool of expression, but when everything become stable it's less open to innovation. We always want innovation.
However, if you try something a little new and it's not perfect, you come back quickly to what you know and works. As a gamer, if you change to new hardware, you have no references, so you're looking at what people are saying are [the best games] and then trying them.
But if you have an [established] machine and there's all the experiences you know on there already, you know you're going to miss some of those to try something new, so you're less inclined. For us, we know opportunities to try something new are a lot more rewarding when it's a new machine.
It's not the first time that Ubisoft has spoken of supporting Nintendo - during E3 Ubsoft EMEA boss Alain Corre claimed that NX will recapture lapsed Wii players, and back in July Guillemot stated that Nintendo was one of the company's preferred partners and that NX will help grow the industry.
During the Wii U era, Ubisoft was one of the few first-party publishers to continue to support the console with games following its disappointing commercial performance, releasing titles like Watch Dogs, Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag and Rayman Legends.
Ubisoft has already confirmed that Just Dance 2017 is NX-bound.