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Ubisoft Developer Says ‘Linear Story Games Will Suffer In Modern Marketplace’

Far Cry 4’s creative director Alex Hutchinson believes that traditionally linear story based titles that we are all used to will eventually lose appeal with consumers. Hutchinson thinks that big open world games are the way forward giving consumers a choice about how they go about approaching the world presented to them.

“I’m really interested in emergent games and where that’s going with video sharing and Twitch. I think linear story games are really going to suffer in the modern marketplace.

“They’re already super high-quality, and we’re already seeing their audiences migrate to the big open world games. If I open my friends list and see everybody on the same mission, doing the same thing… I think that’s nowhere near as strong a sales pitch as opening your friends list and seeing 40 people doing completely different things.”

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Ubisoft Toronto Founder Jade Raymond Departs To Pursue New Opportunities

Today, Ubisoft announced that after 10 years of collaboration, the company and Jade Raymond have agreed to pursue future opportunities separately. Alexandre Parizeau, a founding team member of the Ubisoft Toronto studio, replaces Raymond as managing director.

During her tenure at Ubisoft, Raymond was producer on the first Assassin’s Creed (2004-2007) and served as executive producer on Assassin’s Creed II (2008-2009), Watch_Dogs (2008-2009) and Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell Blacklist (2010-2013). She also opened the Ubisoft Toronto studio and served as its managing director since 2009, a role she will turn over to Parizeau starting October 29.

“I’ve spent 10 extraordinary years at Ubisoft, and I am proud to have been part of many of the best teams in the industry making truly remarkable games,” said Raymond. “This is one of the hardest decisions of my career, but the Toronto studio is strong and on a solid path. I’m confident that now is a good time for me to transition leadership of the studio to Alex and to pursue my other ambitions and new opportunities. Stay tuned for more on what’s next for me, but for now, I’d like to thank Ubisoft for its partnership through the years, and I wish them the very best in all their next endeavours.”

With more than 15 years in the game industry, Parizeau has an impressive range of experience across many facets of the business. As a founding core member of Ubisoft Toronto studio, Parizeau is a proven and trusted team builder and leader. He also served as senior producer on Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell Blacklist, and producer on Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell Conviction and Rainbow Six Vegas.  Parizeau will report to Yannis Mallat, CEO of Ubisoft Montreal and Toronto, and will oversee Toronto’s continued role as a key contributor to the development of some of the biggest brands at Ubisoft, as well as a number of unannounced projects.

“On behalf of Ubisoft, I’d like to thank Jade for her leadership and many contributions over the years, and wish her all the best in her next adventures,” said Mallat. “The Toronto studio is a key part of the Ubisoft global network, and Alex has been at the heart of the studio’s growth over the years. He was the obvious choice to lead this talented group of people as they continue to develop amazing games.”

 

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UK Charts: Smash Bros Slips To Number 14 And Mario Kart 8 Hangs On At Number 40

This week’s UK charts are now in courtesy of GFK Chart Track. The number one title this week is survival horror title, The Evil Within. The excellent Super Smash Bros has slipped from number 11 to 14th in the charts. Mario Kart 8 for the Wii U is still hanging in there at number 40 and Hyrule Warriors has disappeared completely. Here’s the best-selling games in the United Kingdom this week.

01 (NE) PS4 THE EVIL WITHIN (BETHESDA SOFTWORKS)
02 (01) 360 FIFA 15 (ELECTRONIC ARTS)
03 (NE) 360 BORDERLANDS: THE PRE-SEQUEL! (TAKE 2)
04 (02) PS4 FIFA 15 (ELECTRONIC ARTS)
05 (04) PS3 FIFA 15 (ELECTRONIC ARTS)
06 (NE) XBO THE EVIL WITHIN (BETHESDA SOFTWORKS)
07 (03) PS4 DRIVECLUB (SONY COMPUTER ENT.)
08 (07) XBO FIFA 15 (ELECTRONIC ARTS)
09 (06) PS4 MIDDLE EARTH: SHADOW OF MORDOR (WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE)
10 (08) XBO FORZA HORIZON 2 (MICROSOFT)
11 (NE) PS3 BORDERLANDS: THE PRE-SEQUEL! (TAKE 2)
12 (10) XBO MIDDLE EARTH: SHADOW OF MORDOR (WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE)
13 (19) PS4 MINECRAFT: PLAYSTATION EDITION (SONY COMPUTER ENT.)
14 (11) 3DS SUPER SMASH BROS. (NINTENDO)
15 (17) 360 MINECRAFT: XBOX EDITION (MICROSOFT)
16 (NE) 360 THE EVIL WITHIN (BETHESDA SOFTWORKS)
17 (NE) PS3 THE EVIL WITHIN (BETHESDA SOFTWORKS)
18 (NE) 360 F1 2014 (CODEMASTERS)
19 (05) PS4 ALIEN: ISOLATION (SEGA)
20 (12) 360 FORZA HORIZON 2 (MICROSOFT)
21 (15) PS4 DESTINY (ACTIVISION BLIZZARD)
22 (NE) PS3 F1 2014 (CODEMASTERS)
23 (21) PS3 MINECRAFT: PLAYSTATION EDITION (SONY COMPUTER ENT.)
24 (14) 360 SKYLANDERS TRAP TEAM (ACTIVISION BLIZZARD)
25 (09) XBO ALIEN: ISOLATION (SEGA)
26 (18) XBO DESTINY (ACTIVISION BLIZZARD)
27 (13) 360 ALIEN: ISOLATION (SEGA)
28 (NE) PC THE EVIL WITHIN (BETHESDA SOFTWORKS)
29 (22) 360 DESTINY (ACTIVISION BLIZZARD)
30 (25) PC THE SIMS 4 (ELECTRONIC ARTS)
31 (29) 360 DISNEY INFINITY 2.0 (DISNEY INTERACTIVE STUDIOS)
32 (16) PS4 NBA 2K15 (TAKE 2)
33 (23) WII SKYLANDERS TRAP TEAM (ACTIVISION BLIZZARD)
34 (27) PS3 DESTINY (ACTIVISION BLIZZARD)
35 (31) 3DS TOMODACHI LIFE (NINTENDO)
36 (30) PS4 THE LAST OF US: REMASTERED (SONY COMPUTER ENT.)
37 (28) PS4 SLEEPING DOGS: DEFINITIVE EDITION (SQUARE ENIX EUROPE)
38 (20) PS3 ALIEN: ISOLATION (SEGA)
39 (32) 360 GRAND THEFT AUTO V (TAKE 2)
40 (36) WIU MARIO KART 8 (NINTENDO)

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NPD: Here’s The Best-Selling Games In The US During September

The official NPD sales figures for the US have come through and they reveal exactly which titles made the top ten all-format chart in September. Super Smash Bros on the Nintendo 3DS managed to chart at number four despite only being on sale for only two days of data included in NPD’s September report. Destiny was the best-selling video game for the month. Here’s the US top ten video games.

  1. Destiny
  2. Madden 15
  3. FIFA 15
  4. Super Smash Bros
  5. Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor
  6. NHL 15
  7. Minecraft
  8. The Sims 4
  9. Disney Infinity 2.0
  10. Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls