Ubisoft has announced that its games will be compatible with crossplay features from this moment onwards, and including previously released games like Brawlhalla and Just Dance (via WccfTech).
Yesterday, Ubisoft held its Q2 earnings call with its investors and shared how well the fiscal year is shaping up to be for the developer and publisher. Assassin’s Creed Odyssey was reported to have ‘continued momentum’ upon its one year anniversary, and Rainbow Six Siege’s esports scene is solidifying its player base and introducing new audiences to the game.
However, the company admitted that The Division 2 and Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Breakpoint did not perform as well as was hoped. Consequently, there has been a nine per cent decrease in total sales, and release windows for hotly-anticipated games have been shifted. CEO Yves Guillemot mentioned ‘numerous growth vectors’ that will generate optimistic expectations of revenue, such as ‘the arrival of the next generation of consoles, the opening up of the Asian market’, and the official arrival of Ubisoft properties on mobile devices in China through the media conglomerate Tencent.
A new discussion was sparked in the earnings call, and that was a question of whether engagement with Brawlhalla has increased after successfully delivering crossplay for all platforms. To support its burgeoning esports scene, Ubisoft and Blue Mammoth Games have worked on tirelessly to bring players of all stripes together in Brawlhalla. Finally, it was announced that, as of October 10, gamers on PlayStation 4, PC, Switch, and Xbox One are able to duke it out with compatible queues and lobbies.
The analyst asked whether Ubisoft would be interested in implementing crossplay for its other titles, and Guillemot responded positively. ‘Yes. Our goal is to put cross play on all the games that – all the PvP games that we have over time,’ he affirmed. ‘So that’s really well underway.’
Far Cry 5 crossplay would cause carnage in the quiet hills of Hope County, and it would boost the number of players in its multiplayer modes, which is crucial if you’re wanting to platinum the game. Players returning to Watch Dogs 2 in anticipation for Legion could hang out in its world, or brush up on their competitive skills. And, these declarations of crossplay could bode well for Roller Champions, Ubisoft’s free-to-play sports game announced at E3 2019.
We’ll have to wait and see what Ubisoft has in store, but it’s a nice bit of news after the reported disappointment regarding the two Tom Clancy games.
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