While the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One have been available for close to six months now at this stage, and many publishers and studios are starting to exclusively focus their attention on the new hardware, Ubisoft has no plans to abandon their predecessors, the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, according to CEO Yves Guillemot who, in the company's post-earnings report call with shareholders said:
We have made it clear that as a company we expect to continue supporting those consoles for the foreseeable future.
It makes perfect sense not to ignore the two systems, which have an install base fast approaching the 200 million mark, especially while the PS4 and Xbox One are still building their initial foundations. Both new consoles have performed admirably since their launch, selling in excess of 10 million devices between them, but despite offering increased power, there are still plenty of gamers out there unwilling to make the generational jump until prices come down and more exclusive titles are announced.
Ubisoft has long been rumoured to be working on a second Assassin's Creed title for launch exclusively on last generation consoles later this year, as well as the recently confirmed next gen exclusive, Assassin's Creed Unity, so the announcement ties in with expectations.
That's not to say Ubisoft won't be putting its full weight behind the newer devices, though, with the likes of The Crew and Tom Clancy's The Division hitting PS4 and Xbox One in the coming months.