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Ubisoft claim Google Stadia is just the beginning

Published: 16:40, 23 September 2019
Updated: 16:48, 23 September 2019
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Ubisoft are just one of the companies that signed up early for Google Stadia support and, thankfully, the company is pretty optimistic, claiming this is just the start of something big that definitely adds some extra oomph to the industry.

Ubisoft EMEA executive director Alain Corre gave an interview to MCV, where he discussed at length all the potential of Google's console-less console, Stadia, and what it means to the industry in general. 

"We feel that streaming and cloud gaming technologies are bringing something additional to our industry", he said, highlighting the potential Google's platform has to disrupt the current way games are made and played. 

"We like the idea of the consumer having more options to consume games. Whether they consume traditionally by buying a physical game, by downloading, or if they prefer to stream games, it's giving them new possibilities. And we will attract new categories of players thanks to this", he said.

Ubisoft one of the first companies to jump aboard the Stadia train and Assassin's Creed: Odyssey has actually served as one of the main benchmarks in Google's testing. About half a dozen of their games have been confirmed for launch on Stadia, with Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Breakpoint, Watch Dogs: Legion and The Division 2 all making the cut, to name but a few. 

Corre stressed that Ubisoft always at the forefront of new technologies, such as in the case of the Wiimote and Kinect, and Google Stadia is no exception.

Google's console-less console once again started the debate of game ownership, what with your entire library depending on Stadia's service, but Ubisoft reminded that not many people will find it more convenient to stream games, rather than own physical copies. 

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"So, streaming will give us two things. First is the possibility to create different games. With the capacities of the servers in the cloud, we’ll be able to bring a new generation of games in a few years. The servers will help our creators to put more AI into games, more characters, more NPCs. And that will be I think a real disruption", he said. 
You can find the complete interview (audio).

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