Ubisoft: We Have Not Decided on Xbox One Used Games

June 11, 2013 -

Prior to Sony announcing its policy on used games during its E3 Expo 2013 press event, Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot said that his company had not made a decision on how it will handle used game trades in the next-generation. Guillemot said that he had not decided yet if it would use the system Microsoft put in place for Xbox One.

"What I like is because they are not taking a fee, it will give us the option to look at what service we have to give if we have to give service," Guillemot said recently. "So it's a good thing Microsoft is not taking a fee."

When asked directly if Ubisoft would allow secondhand Xbox One sales, Guillemot said, "We haven't decided yet." He said that he wanted to wait until Sony and other publishers had spoken about the matter.

Guillemot added that it's "too early to take a real position" on the matter.

On the positive side of the issue, Guillemot thinks the used games market is problematic in a lot of ways but is ultimately a good thing for the industry.

"Lots of people are buying a game, reselling it, and buying another one. It has a very positive impact on the industry," Guillemot said. "Because it [gives] the customer the possibility to buy many games. It gives them a chance to play more games. I think it has been good for the industry; what we have to make sure is that there's not too much money lost in between so there's good efficiency there."

No third-party publishers have weighed in on the new system for Xbox One to handle used game sales as of this writing. Now that Sony has made its position clear it will be interesting to see what publishers say about used games on Xbox One.

Source: GameSpot

 

 


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Re: Ubisoft: We Have Not Decided on Xbox One Used Games

"We haven't decided yet." He said that he wanted to wait until Sony and other publishers had spoken about the matter.

Aka, we really want to do it, but don't want to be lynched for it.

Re: Ubisoft: We Have Not Decided on Xbox One Used Games

You would think by now they would get that if they don't want to get lynched for it, they just shouldn't effin do it.

Re: Ubisoft: We Have Not Decided on Xbox One Used Games

That money isn't "lost in between".  Gamestop has it.  Used game sales are good for the consumer, sure, but it's laughable to say they're good for the industry with Gamestop raking in money hand over fist while studio after studio gets shitcanned.

Re: Ubisoft: We Have Not Decided on Xbox One Used Games

There was a report posted here a few days ago about this: http://gamepolitics.com/2013/06/03/study-shows-publisher-profit-decline-is-pre-owned-market-didnt-exist#.UbdaA5w2KWU

Used games help drive initial sales, particularly at higher price points, as consumers know they'll later be able to get some of their money back from it by trading it in. Studios would have to drop prices drastically if used games weren't an option in order to simply keep the profits steady.

Re: Ubisoft: We Have Not Decided on Xbox One Used Games

Which they might be able to do if they knew at least their first few weeks' sales wouldn't be cannibalized by Gamestop.

 
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