Ubisoft explains why launch games underwhelm

During tony keythe months walking up to a console launch, there’s a great unspoken truth the press, publishers and gamers all choose to conveniently ignore: The first batch of games are going to be pretty bad.

Sure, there might be an occasional standout, but the majority of the titles people heap with praise and say they can’t wait to try are titles that will mostly be forgotten before the following holiday. Even installments of well-known franchises are generally just graphically enhanced versions of what we already know.

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Betting big on Wii U, Ubisoft hopes people understand the console

Ubisoft SVP Tony Key believes in the potential of Nintendo’s innovative new Wii U. Problem is, he’s not totally sure if the general consumer really understands the console’s potential.

With the exception of Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo, no one bets more heavily on new console launches than Ubisoft.

It’s something of a video game industry tradition that the publisher rushes headlong into new system launches — and with the Wii U on the way, it plans to have six titles available on day one (with three more coming by the end of Nintendo’s extended “launch window”).

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