After Microsoft, Ubisoft Is Also Talking About Developing “AAAA” Games

Beyond Good and Evil 2, Skull & Bones, and even two mysterious games are referred to by Ubisoft as “AAAA” games.


It looks like we can get ready for the dawn of the AAAA games after the triple-A games. We’ve used the AAA title to rate a game for years, and the publishers were okay with that, but the term “AAAA” has become more common recently. Microsoft started it when it said its new studio, The Initiative, specializes in AAAA game development, and now it appears that Ubisoft has also begun to use the term within its own games, as evidenced by the LinkedIn pages of several Ubisoft developers, which mention separate AAAA projects.

The first such mention is related to the artistic director of Beyond Good and Evil 2, Cyril Masquilliere, who apostrophized the title, which boasts a long development time, as a next-gen AAAA, an open-universe game. (Many thanks to a Twitter user named Timur222 for spotting these!)



Skull & Bones lead producer Francois Logeais also cites their upcoming title as an AAAA game.



There are also undefined AAAA titles under development at Ubisoft Berlin and Ubisoft Bordeaux.



Of course, the question is, does this whole AAAA phenomenon mean anything? Will these games really represent a whole new level in terms of size or complexity, or will this whole AAAA just be another marketing pull to ask for more money for next-gen games? Well, we’ll probably talk more about the latter here, of course, we can’t say for sure until we’ve tried our first AAAA game. As mentioned, in addition to Ubisoft games like Beyond Good and Evil 2, Microsoft has already used this label to refer to some of its upcoming games, such as Forza Motorsport 5, and all the mysterious AAAA stuff that The Initiative is still working. (Which, by the way, is rumored to be a revival of the Perfect Dark franchise.) We’ll see if other publishers make it a habit as well.

What do you think about this? Do you think there is a future for AAAA gaming, or is it all just cynical nonsense?

Source: WCCFTech

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