Ubisoft Shakeup to Improve Gaming Experience

A statement on VGC from Ubisoft announces a shakeup to the company's editorial team to create more varied gameplay experiences. They tie this back to last year's news that the publisher/developer was delaying three games to rethink their approach after disappointment in the response to Ghost Recon Breakpoint and The Division 2. VGC says: "It’s believed that by spreading editorial’s responsibilities across a group of leaders, the team can help bring a more distinct identity to their respective games. VGC was also told that simply expanding the group’s resources and giving it some presence outside of Paris could have just as much of a positive impact." They offer this quote from an anonymous source: "In the previous system that editorial had, there were often the ideas of just one or two people getting put into every game. That’s why you tended to see such similarity, because it’s the same taste and opinion being replicated." Here's the short statement on the topic from Ubisoft:
“We are reinforcing our editorial team to be more agile and better accompany our development teams around the world as they create the best gaming experiences for players.”
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I think that they're heading in the right direction in regards to their games going forward. A lot of the various Ubisoft gamess tend to regurgitate a lot of elements from other Ubisoft games and eventually they get very samey, repetitive and boring.

They took a lot of lackluster gameplay elements from the Assassin's Creed games (ie. climbing tower-like structures to reveal an area and uncover a laundry list of things to do or attacking/stealth killing enemies in samey forts to clear it) and shoehorn those elements into other games such as Far Cry, Division, Watch Dogs etc.

It does feel like there's one lead designer that's being brought to every single game and their game design consists of the same stuff that's being repeated over and over again. Glad to see that Ubisoft is at least aware of it now and hopefully their future games will be a lot more unique and have their own identity because of these changes.
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