Ubisoft Expects Consoles, Tablets To Run On “Mostly The Same Engine” In A Few Years
There were lots of things that stood out at E3 but the one most relevant to this article is every developer’s focus on integrating a second screen (smartphone or tablet) into the gaming experience. Many games such as Battlefield 4 use tablets for tactical reasons and plenty of games already look to bolster the experience with a mobile version.
Ubisoft managing director Nicolas Rioux has said the firm expects to have “mostly the same engine running on tablet and the main console,” within three to four years. Speaking with GI International, Rioux surprisingly stated that the development team is using the same assets for Ubisoft’s upcoming MMO The Division.
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“In the future, it will be easier for us to provide this kind of experience,” he said, adding that he also feels a second screen – whether through consoles or the addition of tablets and mobile is the future of games in general.
“What I like in second-screen play is its accessibility, which means different types of people can play,” he added. “Those who don’t know how to play with the [controller] or don’t like to play with it can use touch. So that’s the first good element.
“It gives you an opportunity to play from outside the home with your friends who are playing from their homes. So I’m in an airport, and I can play with my friends using my iPad if I have a good connection. We think this is going to open lots of new possibilities to the industry, and to the type of gameplay that can occur.”
Rioux sees a benefit in uniting mobile and console gamers in the same universe especially for “a lot of people, the games on tablets will be their first screen.”
He also doesn’t see the second screen as a hindrance or deterrent as games will be created in such a way that you can enjoy the experience on either tablet or console individually.
“For the person playing on the tablet, maybe for him that game is more accessible. Honestly, we give the players new opportunities,” said Rioux. “It’s not a big issue for console players to play the tablet version to have a more complete experience. I’m a console player and a gamer on tablets; for me to have these new possibilities is not a constraint.”