Few things have caught the industry’s attention, and imagination for that matter, than everything and anything related to Nintendo’s next console, NX. The latest person to chime in is someone who undoubtedly has some direct exposure to the whatever current prototypes are in the hands of developers, Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot. Of course, the executive was unable to go into specifics about the system, but he was able to share a few impressions.
“It’s a machine that will be easy to use for all gamers,” Guillemot explained. “They have built in something that will give us a chance to really have a different experience from what exists today. That’s what I like – that they come with something new that is adapted to what we actually want now.”
Guillemot has also commented on Ubisoft’s desire to take advantage of the unique features different platforms offer. The French publisher definitely has a track record to back these claims up; one need to look no further than the Rabbids franchise that started alongside Wii, and the experimental ZombiU that was available at the launch of Wii U. It will be interesting to see what NX has to offer Ubisoft’s developers.
Possibly related to that, a recent post from celebrated Ubisoft developer Michel Ancel has people talking. On his Instagram account, Ancel posted a piece of concept art that many are connecting with the long awaited sequel to Beyond Good & Evil. The young pig creature is reminding people of Pey’j, the sidekick of that game’s protagonist, Jade. Some are even thinking it might actually be Pey’j and the new game could be a prequel. The post also contains the caption, “Somewhere in system 4 … – Thanks #ubisoft for making this possible !” and Ubisoft France tweeted, ““Michel Ancel has an Instagram account and you are advised to follow closely.”
With regard to NX, there have been rumors that Nintendo is actually helping to produce a Beyond Good & Evil sequel. While there really is nothing to validate such a claim, it wouldn’t be the first time Nintendo helped fund a sequel to cult hit. Were it not for Nintendo’s support, it is likely Bayonetta 2 never would have seen the light of day.
Hopefully sooner or later Nintendo and/or Ubisoft will say something official so we can stop having to add the rumor disclaimer to everything.