During yesterday's earnings call with investors, Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot revealed that the company currently has five games in development for next-generation hardware. Three of those games are the recently delayed Watch Dogs Legion, Rainbow Six: Quarantine, and Gods & Monsters. The other two are unknown entities that Ubisoft will likely announce sometime next year.
As Guillemot put it, "The five titles, yes, they will be on this generation and the next generation, and they will take full advantage of all the new features that are coming with the machines, which are actually going to be extremely interesting for players." He followed up by saying that players will experience better framerates, be able to download content faster and make use of a lot of interesting new elements that these machines will offer. This isn't dissimilar to speeches Ubisoft has given in past generation transitions.
What's interesting to note is that all five of these games will be cross-generational releases. Ubisoft did this back in 2014 with the release of the original Watch Dogs. Despite looking like it was made exclusively with the PS4 in mind, the game wound up finding a home on PS3, Xbox 360, and even the Wii U.
The company has also ported some of its Assassin's Creed titles to weaker hardware, most famously creating Assassin's Creed: Rogue specifically for last-generation to placate fans not wishing to upgrade. Going back farther, Splinter Cell: Double Agent saw an entirely original version on Xbox, PS2, GameCube, and Wii that had little in common with its next-gen counterpart. The company is also still making Just Dance games for the original Wii hardware.
The real question is whether or not Ubisoft delayed these games to make for next-generation releases. The company's official stance is that Ghost Recon Breakpoint was a critical and commercial flop, but there's a chance that nothing new was waiting in the pipeline for the PS5 and Scarlett. With both consoles set to release in holiday 2020, what would go better with it than Watch Dogs Legion?
Whatever the case, Ubisoft is clearly looking forward and will be ready at the start of the race. If you were planning on nabbing any of the aforementioned titles on PS4, it might be wise to wait for those next-gen versions.
Source: Game Informer