According to industry expert Daniel Ahmad, five Ubisoft AAA games next year will all be cross-gen. This means the games will launch for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, but also for PlayStation 5 and Xbox Scarlett.
Ahmad (who tweets as @ZhugeEX) says five AAA games planned for the 2021 financial year - which runs from April 2020 to March 2021 - will launch for both current-gen and next-gen consoles. These games include Watch Dogs: Legion, Rainbow Six Quarantine, and Gods & Monsters. Two more unannounced games will also be cross-gen. Ubisoft hasn't announced a new Assassin's Creed game for 2020 yet, but we think it's a safe bet that one of the two unknown titles will be an Assassin's Creed game.
Interesting note from the Ubisoft conference call today:— Daniel Ahmad (@ZhugeEX) 30 October 2019
Ubisoft plans to release all 5 of its AAA games in FY2021 (Apr 2020 - Mar 2021) on current and next gen.
This means Watch Dogs: Legion, Rainbow Six Quarantine, Gods & Monsters and two unannounced games will be cross gen. pic.twitter.com/Bo9kbjmkRo
In a follow-up tweet, Ahmad claims Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot said the games "will be optimized for next-gen consoles" to take advantage of better technical capabilities. Ahmad goes on to speculate that cross-gen between PS4 and PS5 will work "by downloading a patch", in a similar way to the current situation with base PS4 and PS4 Pro consoles. He stresses that this is just speculation, however. Ahmad doesn't have any speculation to offer regarding how cross-gen play will work between Xbox One and Microsoft's upcoming Xbox Scarlett (name not final).
Some Twitter users quizzed Ahmad on the nature of the two unannounced games. According to Ahmad, these games are definitely not Skull and Bones (which is now slated for the 2022 financial year) or Beyond Good and Evil 2. Instead, they're definitely two as-yet-unannounced games. We'll have to wait and see if Ubisoft announces anything concrete in the coming weeks and months. As ever, we'll keep you posted if this does happen.
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