Ubisoft Encouraging More Unique Games like Child of Light

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Ubisoft Encouraging More Unique Games like Child of Light



Developers of RPG Child of Light are now a core team at Ubisoft Montreal, and the company is open to creating more games like these.

Far Cry [http://www.escapistmagazine.com/articles/view/video-games/editorials/reviews/11364-Child-of-Light-Review-Light-Entertainment] but wanted to try something new. Ubisoft loved the end results of this project, and is now open to more games like Child of Light.

Ubisoft Montreal's VP of Creative Lionel Raynaud expressed the company's satisfaction with Child of Light, "The team did a good job and the game had a great reception. We were proud to deliver something new and unique--a lot of people were surprised that Montreal was delivering this kind of game." Raynaud further explains that thanks to the reception of the game and how well the developers worked together "the people who made this game now want to work together again, whether it's on a small game or not."

Ubisoft's internal entrepreneurial initiative program is an avenue for employees to bring their ideas to the table and pitch it to Raynaud, which he's very excited about continuing. "We will encourage other initiatives like Child of Light and there's a chance that we will have many more games like that in the future. I already have many different projects that are in the pitch stage--I even had one in my office this morning, which was super exciting." The initial idea behind the entrepreneurial initiative is how Ubisoft was pitched Valiant Hearts [http://www.escapistmagazine.com/articles/view/editorials/reviews/10317-Far-Cry-3-Blood-Dragon-Review-Unapologetically-80s].

For Raynaud, this type of open space to express your creativity is important, "This dynamic has incredible value in the industry and it's what we want to do: we want to create core teams that want to make great games." Yannis Mallat, CEO of Ubisoft Montreal, feels the same way. "For me it's important for projects like Child of Light and Far Cry: Blood Dragon to exist and to know that there is a place for them here."

Furthermore, "It's also important for those projects not to be suffocated at the beginning with high-level objectives. It's a question of growing talent inside the company and giving them a chance. It allows us to try new things without breaking the balance financially."

Source: CVG [http://www.computerandvideogames.com/477483/child-of-light-creators-become-core-team-at-ubisoft-montreal/]

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Vault101

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but no full AAA releases....because hey lets not get too ahead of ourselves [sub/]ok maybe that criticism is directed at the wrong target here[/sub]

I appreciate the sentiment though
 

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Yes, but will they be good?


I'm sorry, the opportunity was too good to pass up >.>
 

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So long as they can make lots of SEQUELS! Just imagine; Teen of Light, Adult of Light, or go the opposite direction, Child of Darkness! So many wonderful possibilities.
 

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Child of Light really wasn't unique.

It was an average platforming game with an annoying "this game is so artsy" theme and an annoying rhyme thing going on.
 

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This feels like they wrote the press release back when Child of Light was greenlit. Still I'm not going to knock a publisher for trying something different. It's great to see them experimenting and this can only result in some awesome games down the line
 

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Yes please. I would love more games like Child of Light. I love the Ubiarts division of Ubisoft. They give me good Rayman games and fun colorful RPGs.
 

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child of light is so far my game of the year. its beautiful looking (just love the art design), a very beautiful soundtrack, really good to play, decent story, interesting characters and each of them have their own abilities.
making more of them is all fine but should not over do it. thats what im afraid of when ubi is saying this. they have to be creative.
 

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Vault101 said:
but no full AAA releases....because hey lets not get too ahead of ourselves [sub/]ok maybe that criticism is directed at the wrong target here[/sub]

I appreciate the sentiment though
I haven't played Child of Light specifically, but I don't see a reason to pour the ludicrous amount of resources associated with AAA development into every title. If anything, not building these new games into AAA games is a good sign - It's far better to see a lot of smaller projects designed to be completed with a relatively small team and budget in a reasonable length of time than a single project so big that the Execs feel they have to step in and ensure no risks are taken that might lead to smaller returns.

If they actually do follow up on this, it bodes well for future games, especially if they're willing to put some of their veterans into positions to help - As a would-be game designer myself I'd love to be able to always have access to experienced designers to ask for advice.
 

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Falterfire said:
I haven't played Child of Light specifically, but I don't see a reason to pour the ludicrous amount of resources associated with AAA development into every title. If anything, not building these new games into AAA games is a good sign - It's far better to see a lot of smaller projects designed to be completed with a relatively small team and budget in a reasonable length of time than a single project so big that the Execs feel they have to step in and ensure no risks are taken that might lead to smaller returns.
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actually yeah...there might be something to be said for not following the AAA way of things

I think its a criticism best suited to Assasins Creed
 

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The good intentions sound nice, but any intentions are just words and words are wind.
I'll believe it when I see it. Until then, Ubisoft will continue to see zero dollars from me annually.
 

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I was under the impression Child of Light is only as unique as it is in its attempts at whimsy


Cory and Grey wouldn't steer me wrong, would they? Would they? WOULD THEY? Has this crazy ride together all been encouraged on the basis of lies?!?
 

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If that means less Assassins Cry 5: Aiden Pearce Shooting More Dudes then I'm pretty good with it. I'd love more creative titles like Blood Dragon and Valiant Hearts.
 

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Well, I don't think Child of Light was a very good game, but I think it was a step in the right direction. They are at least trying to make something interesting and different. Even if it fails, they will get there eventually.
 

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I'm in favour of this news, I loved Child of Light that is as long the game is not good just from being pretty looking alone.