In an interesting article written by Forbes, Ubisoft reveals little about Assassin’s Creed 2, or the new Prince of Persia title. However, they do describe their business model, and how Ubisoft appears to be one of the companies who is in it for the long haul. They discuss their strategy for game releases, and even mention how they have learned from past mistakes.
Over all it’s an interesting read, if you’re at all interested in the business end of the gaming industry. They mention how trying to capitalize on Prince of Persia’s “Sands of Time” game made for fewer sales of the sequels – hence the delay that is only finally bringing us this winter’s Prince of Persia installment. Ubisoft North America’s president, Laurent Detoc, also mentions the Assassin’s Creed franchise, and why we haven’t had a follow up to last year’s sneak-attack-success. “When we bring it back,” he says, “there will be more anticipation for it.”
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Word on the street is that Xbox 360 gamers will be getting their very own Metal Gear game. The flash animation (looks like my embedding skills are rusty, click to see the animation) shows the trademark green Xbox color, and a fairly suggestive “ring of light.” Notice how the animation seems to suggest a “next” Metal Gear, not specifically that Metal Gear Solid 4 will be coming to the 360… though one can’t say for sure that the idea is entirely out of the question. We’ll have to wait and see as this one develops. We’ll do our best to keep you informed.
Other sites have already picked up the news, I’m sure, but never the less it’s an interesting one to cover: the Xbox 360 outsold the Playstation 3 on Black Friday. This according to an article on InformationWeek. After all three companies have resolved all supply chain issues, the console market is expected to boom this holiday season. The Saturday after Thanksgiving, I found several stores with the Nintendo Wii in stock. eBay said that the Wii was it’s number one seller on Black Friday, though I hope people were getting deals instead of getting robbed, as these things seem to be available everywhere right now.
News broke earlier today of some Black Friday sales on the Xbox Live Marketplace!
Several Xbox Live Arcade games reduced from 800 to 500 MSPoints, as well as other downloadable content and themes. Take a look at the list on Major Nelson’s website, or the Xbox.com page using the link above.