During the financial conference call for the latest fiscal year, Ubisoft President Yves Guillemot mentioned that the company estimates that 30% of console games in 2014 were open world, which is twice the percentage estimated in 2008 (15%).
In addition to that, five among the top ten best sellers of 2014 were open world titles.
According to Guillemot, this indicates that the market is shifting towards the ability to freely roam in the worlds of our games:
This confirms players’ appetite for more freedom and the possibility to define their own experience.
Personally, I can’t say I disagree. Open world games have always been my favorite, even if my most anticipated open world title (at least for now) isn’t exactly from Ubisoft. I’m quite sure you know what I’m talking about.