Ubisoft CEO YVes Guillemot is no stranger to the video game world. The head of the company behind hits such as Assassin’s Creed and Splinter Cell has repeatedly addressed the topic of the next generation of consoles. When asked by a financial analyst on a call this week he said:
"We will see more customers coming to the video game industry .. they will start also to come under the boxes you see under the TV because those TV boxes will be more powerful.. We will see more consoles on which we will be able to put products. As for the next generation of consoles we can’t give you a date but from what we see there is a lot of energy to improve the consoles [that are out now.] We are already working on some of the elements that will appeal in the next generation."
He then dropped a little bomb:
“There’s a new entrant in the business – Apple, with the iPhone. And we don’t think they will stop there.”
We’ve talked about our vision for an AppleTV gaming device before. In essence, the ARM-based iPod Touch platform could be ramped up to take the duties of the HDTV portion of the device while at the same time offering the same games that are now on the iPhone and better ones that will come along in the future.
Gaming is a family affair for the Guillemot family. His older brother Michel runs GameLoft, one of the most aggressive developers of games for Apple’s iPhone.