Yves Guillemot  Tagged Articles RSS Feed | GameSkinny.com Yves Guillemot  RSS Feed on GameSkinny.com https://www.gameskinny.com/ en Launch Media Network Watch Dogs 2 is in Development According to Ubisoft Employee's Resume https://www.gameskinny.com/xtwt0/watch-dogs-2-is-in-development-according-to-ubisoft-employees-resume https://www.gameskinny.com/xtwt0/watch-dogs-2-is-in-development-according-to-ubisoft-employees-resume Fri, 01 May 2015 19:58:39 -0400 Charly Mottet

A little while back, we were telling you that rumors were suggesting Watch Dogs 2 could show up during E3 2015. Although it is not all that surprising, the sequel has been somewhat confirmed... through a LinkedIn profile

From Ubisoft's Paris studio, Julien Risse, Senior Gameplay Programmer for Watch Dogs and the DLC Bad Blood, showed on his online resume that he was working on Watch Dogs 2. Ever since the reveal of this information on several websites, however, the title has been removed from the profile. But not before Videogamer had the chance to take a screenshot, spreading the proof all over gaming media. 

Surprised, or not surprised?

So many rumors have been spread about a sequel to Watch Dogs that the news was not as surprising as it could have been to some. However, this is the first time Watch Dogs 2 has actually been referenced by name, on paper (or on screen, in this case), and it might mean that the game will be talked about during E3 2015. 

Yves Guillemot, Ubisoft CEO, had suggested last year that a sequel to Watch Dogs would go into development. And creative director Jonathan Morin had let fans know that he knew Watch Dogs had "a lot of room for improvement", and that in the case of a sequel, it would need to "appeal to fans in a new way". 

At least they're learning from their mistakes!

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Ubisoft Revisits Watch Dogs 2 Discussion https://www.gameskinny.com/6pbdr/ubisoft-revisits-watch-dogs-2-discussion https://www.gameskinny.com/6pbdr/ubisoft-revisits-watch-dogs-2-discussion Mon, 22 Sep 2014 17:26:25 -0400 Chris_Lemus

Ubisoft is set to release Watch Dogs’ first DLC, Bad Blood, Sept. 23 for Season Pass holders and publicly on Sept. 30, but plans are being discussed openly for the future of their vigilante title.  Lionel Raynaud, Ubisoft Montreal’s vice president of creative, is sharing glimpses into how the game development company will approach the Watch Dogs sequel.

"The reception (of Watch Dogs) has actually been pretty close to Assassin's Creed,” Raynaud said to CVG. “With the first one we didn't have such a good reception, and it was fair.”

Raynaud noted that Assassin’s Creed, which grew to be Ubisoft’s best selling series with over 70 million copies sold as of April 2014, was initially criticized for the replay value of gameplay loop.  Now, Ubisoft looks to capitalize on the delayed release of Watch Dogs by revisiting the initial title.

“We also kept parts of the game we felt didn't fit with the original for the sequel,” Raynaud said.  The other changes to be made will be “radical,” focusing on how players engage in the open-world. Content will be unlocked as gamers play the game based on creativity instead of narratives or characters.

This conversation by Ubisoft about the potential Watch Dogs sequel is not new. The company’s CEO, Yves Guillemot, discussed the criticism involving the game’s characters and the impact on development at E3 2014.

“We knew (the characters) would be polarizing; some people loved the characters and some didn’t,” Guillemot said to CVG. “It was difficult to please everybody with that character. Now, having seen the reaction, we know what we will do next to improve that.”

Other than interviews, Ubisoft mysteriously tweeted about New Jersey from the Watch Dogs Twitter account. It is still unconfirmed if the U.S. state will be the sequel’s location.

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Watch Dogs Finally Gets Wii U Release Date https://www.gameskinny.com/jyxqj/watch-dogs-finally-gets-wii-u-release-date https://www.gameskinny.com/jyxqj/watch-dogs-finally-gets-wii-u-release-date Wed, 10 Sep 2014 19:06:17 -0400 Chris_Lemus

It is now the Nintendo Wii U’s turn to feature Watch Dogs as a game, according to a release date Ubisoft confirmed. After being delayed for over a year due to development, the third-person vigilante action game will be available on Nintendo’s latest console Nov 18.

“The wait is finally over,” Ubisoft Mexico’s Facebook post said in Spanish, who inadvertently disclosed the information. “The Wii U version of Watch Dogs arrives November 18. This version features an interactive map of Chicago on the GamePad screen. You can also opt to play alone with the controller.”

The Facebook post has since been deleted, and Ubisoft eventually sent out a press release.

Previously, Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot said his video game development company would shift their focus on making family-friendly titles when creating content for the Wii U. He noted gamers bought mature rated titles on Nintendo’s console “in very small numbers.”

His forecast specifically referenced their upcoming Nintendo release.  “(Watch Dogs) will be the only mature game we publish on (the Wii U),” Guillemot said.

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Game Industry + ALS Ice Bucket Challenge = Epic Awareness https://www.gameskinny.com/7p0xl/game-industry-als-ice-bucket-challenge-epic-awareness https://www.gameskinny.com/7p0xl/game-industry-als-ice-bucket-challenge-epic-awareness Thu, 21 Aug 2014 17:02:24 -0400 Venisia Gonzalez

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Kermit the Frog is the first to take the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge naked and he proudly announces that fact in his video. He names a few celebrities who are also co-stars in The Muppets latest film as nominees but he isn't the first "of his kind" to be challenged. Cookie Monster was challenged by Rachael Ray, though he preferred a cookie challenge.

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For more information about Lou Gherig’s Disease and the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, go to www.ALSA.org and discover how you can be a real-life hero.

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Let's #StrikeOutALS with the #IceBucketChallenge as #IceBucketGamers!

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Mega64 was nominated by Game Grumps and Screw Attack. In turn they nominated-- get ready--Edward Snowden, Oprah Winfrey, Viggo Mortensen, Paul McCartney, Kevin Spacey, and Casey Anthony. Their video is quite unique I must say. They did put a plea out on Twitter requesting assistance for contact information for both Edward Snowden and Casey Anthony.

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They aren't the only interesting videos out there I assure you.

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5 Second Films takes the California drought into serious consideration in this cinematic event of a lifetime. They nominated Tom Watson because there isn't a drought in England.

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Devin Super Tramp who is known for some amazing Assassin's Creed parkour videos, took his own unique ice bucket challenge. He nominated Shay Carl, Logan Paul and Dude Perfect.

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PlayStation San Mateo HQ took the ice bucket challenge and nominated Bobby Kotick of Activision, Tony Bartel of GameStop, and Jim Ryan of PlayStation Europe.

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The Completionist took the drought in California into consideration with his challenge. He in turn nominated James Rolfe of AVGN, Matt Patrick of The Game Theorists, and The Warp Zone.

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"That Bucket Came From the Moon!" That's right folks you heard right. Bungie has delivered a stellar Ice bucket Challenge from the MOON! Ghost from the upcoming Destiny has answered by challenging "Jonathan Irons" from Call Of Duty: Advance Warfare, "Joel" from The Last Of Us, and George Lucas himself.

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In addition, Bungie has promised 20% of all proceeds from the Bungie Store (www.bungiestore.com) to the ALS Association until September 9th.

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How's that for caring?

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Stephan Frost of WildStar chose to donate to ALS but Tony Rey decided otherwise. He nominated Mike Zadorojny of ArenaNet, Greg Street of Riot Games, and Dave Kosak of Blizzard Entertainment.

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Hot Pepper Gaming, who was nominated by Sunder Gamer, takes the California drought into consideration and takes a spicy challenge. They nominated Amy Dallen of Geek and Sundry, Stephan Frost of WildStar, and Andrew W.K.

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Artix Entertainment was nominated by many and in great show of support, challenged Blizzard Entertainment, Rockstar Games and Zynga!

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Phil Spencer accepted Notch's challenge and in turn nominated Gabe Newell of Valve, Shuhei Yoshida of Sony, and Reggie Fils-Aime of Nintendo. Major Nelson got the chance to dump that bucket--too lucky man!

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Markus "Notch" Persson provides us a silent challenge, unrelated to the others but did get others in the gaming community involved as well. He nominated Phil Spencer of Xbox, Bobby Kotick of Activision, and Cliff Bleszinski.

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What can I say about Antti Ilvessuo of RedLynx? This ice challenge or ice bath is interesting to say the least. I love the effects and the rubber duckies. You must watch to see what I mean. Antti nominated Yves Guillemot the CEO of Ubisoft, Sam Lake of Remedy Entertainment, and Geoff Keighley, well-known video game journalist and presenter.

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Daniel Nixon in turn nominated creative director Antti Ilvessuo of RedLynx, Jack Pattillo of Achievement Hunter and Eric Neustadter (e) of Xbox Live.

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Awe poor Zack Cooper from Ubisoft Toronto. I did apologize to Zack for this one, I felt so bad. We did agree that the water tower would've been awesome, since he had so many ideas. This Champion, that he is, nominated Community Developers Gabe Graziani, Nik Schmidt, and Xbox Canada's Raj Patel.

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The Ubisoft Support team was nominated by me (muahahaha) and in fun nominated Zack Cooper (Ubisoft Toronto), Justin Kruger (Ubisoft), the Frag Dolls, and Daniel Nixon (Ubisoft, RedLynxGamer, TrialGames).

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I'm sure many of you are aware by now of the growing ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. You see videos posted all over social media promoting awareness of ALS or Lou Gherig’s Disease all in good fun. The challenge is: People make a video of themselves dumping a bucket of ice water on their heads, post it on social media sites and then challenge friends to do the same within 24 hours and/or donate $100 to ALS. Many do both like all of us in these videos you're about to see.

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I was challenged by a reader on Twitter on behalf of the Video Game Industry that I met through Ubisoft Support. What transpired from my challenge and my nominees, has shown nothing but tremendous support from the gaming community. This is our way of showing everyone that yes - the gaming community cares about raising awareness for a worthy cause.

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Can we say, not just #icebucketchallenge, but #icebucketgamers?

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"We Need to Bring Excitement Back to This Industry" Says Ubisoft https://www.gameskinny.com/lyq1y/we-need-to-bring-excitement-back-to-this-industry-says-ubisoft https://www.gameskinny.com/lyq1y/we-need-to-bring-excitement-back-to-this-industry-says-ubisoft Mon, 18 Nov 2013 14:47:37 -0500 The Ian M

Ubisoft's Senior Vice President of sales and marketing, Tony Key said that the next generation of consoles is just what the industry needs. He is hopeful that the "raw power" found in the PS4 and Xbox One is going to open up a whole new level of gaming. 

"We need to bring excitement back to this industry..."

In a recent interview, Key said that "...there's so much more under the hood..." in reference to the next-gen consoles.

"Give them just a little more time and you're going to see the difference start to build. The amount of innovation that's going to occur around these machines is really going to inspire the category. That's what we need: We need to bring excitement back to this industry."

This echoes a statement from Ubisoft CEO, Yves Guillemot, in the summer of 2012 where he said that the lack of new consoles was damaging the potential and creativity of developers. 

Key also gave a reason as to why cross generational launch titles are poorly received citing sales on current generation consoles as a key factor:

"Right now, all publishers are transitioning their development resources. For a game like Assassin's Creed: Black Flag, most of the sales are still going to be on current- generation platforms. We can't make a version for PlayStation 4 or Xbox One that's so wildly different that we can't market them together,"  

Key said that in the future as the gap grows that situation will change, 

"For now, developers and designers are focused on making a game that works really well on all of the systems--but as we transition resources to the next gen, it's going to be more difficult to do that because the power of these machines is going to allow so much more creativity."

Key said that he was heartbroken that Ubisoft had to delay its upcoming franchise, Watch Dogs, which was originally scheduled as a launch title for the next generation; it's now scheduled for Spring 2014. 

The company plans to make Watch Dogs a "long-term" brand and Key said the delay was required to ensure that the game can reach its full potential. 

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Ubisoft Slams on the Breaks to The Crew, Internet Explodes https://www.gameskinny.com/tx59c/ubisoft-slams-on-the-breaks-to-the-crew-internet-explodes https://www.gameskinny.com/tx59c/ubisoft-slams-on-the-breaks-to-the-crew-internet-explodes Wed, 16 Oct 2013 12:02:20 -0400 Eli "The Mad Man" Shayotovich

Yesterday, Ubisoft announced they were pushing back the release of Watch Dogs from November of this year to Spring of 2014. Not long after that proclamation came the announcement that they were also slamming the brakes on their sandbox MMO racing game, The Crew. It will now be released in Summer of 2014 instead of Spring.

"We are building franchises that will become perennial pillars of Ubisoft’s financial performance. In a context of growing successes for mega-blockbusters, the additional time given to the development of our titles will allow them to fulfill their huge ambitions and thus offer players even more exceptional experiences." - Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot

Basically, they're bumping back both games to "win the next generation." I get it, and honestly I have no problem with it. Delay the game to make sure they put out a better (actually finished) product. All good. 

Entitlement 'Tude Unleashed

But some of the reactions coming out of the gaming community are just plain absurd. Most humans living in today's Internet Age feel entitled to let everyone know their every waking thought and action (thank you, Facebook and Twitter); leave it up to gamers to take it to a whole nother level though. You'd think Guillemot killed each one of their grandmothers with a soggy churro. Piece of advice: Stop your bitching! Your making the rest of us gamers look bad (worse).

 This churro is not soggy, but it is delicious.

Grand Theft Auto V just came out. If you've finished that game already... well, frankly... you need to get a life. In fact, while I'm at it... if you speed run through any game you've completely lost what it means to actually sit down and play a game. But I digress.

The Holiday Season is right around the corner and there will be a plethora of gaming options in the coming months. So, if your life revolved around the release of those two particular games to the point where you feel like you've somehow been violated... I pity you. No, seriously. 

All For the Greater Good

Guillemot explained that they are making the tough decisions now so everyone benefits down the road. Sure, bumping Watch Dogs will have a significant impact on their 2013 bottom line, but it will be added to (and made up in) their 2014 profit margin.  They're not losing anything. Yes, they might very well be delaying these games to finish up Assassin's Creed IV, but... so what? If, in the end, it helps make all the above mentioned games better that's a very good thing whether you want to believe it or not.

Before stepping off the soapbox (while avoiding virtual barbs and slings no doubt) I have a question for those freely and safely bitching from the comfort of their recliner: have you ever been the CEO of a massive, multi-billion dollar corporation, and do you know the inner machinations of such a beast?

Ya... I didn't think so.

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