Several outlets have reported the news, including Forbes. Ubisoft will be releasing all of their games, including the critically acclaimed Assassin’s Creed series exclusively for the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC. The only game that Ubisoft will develop for the last generation consoles is the Just Dance series.
What that means for owners of the Xbox 360 and PS3 is that they will have to upgrade their gaming systems if they want the latest Assassin’s Creed game release.
Ubisoft is also behind the “Far Cry”, “Watch Dogs” and “AC” series.
Ubisoft is leaving PlayStation 3 & Xbox 360 behind: http://t.co/7aDUcUPvL0
— Forbes Games (@ForbesGames) May 14, 2015
The video game company is the first of the major developers to jump ship in what has been a slow transition from the old to new-gen consoles. As of late, there is a considerable amount of video game releases that left the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 out of the loop.
Most notably, the latest installment of the Mortal Kombat series, Mortal Kombat X was not made immediately available to last-gen owners. IGN reported that the Xbox 360 and PS3 versions of the game will be out later this summer. There is some skepticism about the game being released for the gaming systems at all.
That is because the developer of the Xbox One and PS4 versions of Mortal Kombat X, NetherRealm is not making the game for the last-gen systems. A video gaming company named High Voltage is.
How one company can see the value in creating a game for the Xbox 360 and PS3, while another one cannot further muddies the future of the gaming systems we fell in love with and stayed in love with for almost a decade.
Lack of backward compatibility can be the reason why most of the gaming developers have not decided to jump to the new kid in town and fawn about their affections. In the past, only sports game developers, creators of children’s games, and small companies remained loyal to the last-gen systems, the original Xbox and Sony PlayStation. One could still purchase the latest Madden Football or NBA Live games up until about five or six years ago. They did not go exclusive to the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 right away. They also did not allow their games to be available for backwards compatibility either.
As for their transition into the new-gen games, expect the same results. Developers of other games, including Activision, 2K Games, Bungie, and Gearbox may soon follow Ubisoft’s lead and give the Xbox One, PS4 and PC all exclusivity when it comes to gaming.
Owners of the Xbox 360 and PS3 should hope that some of the smaller video game developers do what High Voltage did with Mortal Kombat X. If the demand is there, someone will provide a way for owners to remain happy.
As it stands right now, the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 has been given a flash knockdown. Can the last-gen consoles get up to make the standing eight count?
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