The Edge awards 2013: publisher of the year
Ubisoft was a force across all platforms in 2013, taking risks on curiosities such as Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon, cultivating an expensive niche with Rayman Legends, and developing the best of the PS4 and Xbox One launch titles with Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag, while also investing in mobile. The Division, The Crew and Watch Dogs suggest the creativity will continue into 2014.
2. Sony Computer Entertainment
The Last Of Us and Tearaway set new standards on PS3 and Vita, while releases such as Beyond: Two Souls, Puppeteer and Rain demonstrate Sony’s commendable willingness to take risks even if they might not always pay off. And no other publisher has shown such a convincing commitment to indie developers, or given them so much prominence in 2013.
With no new hardware to launch, Nintendo spent 2013 focusing on games, and it’s been uncommonly prolific. 3DS got the best Animal Crossing, the best Fire Emblem and, in X&Y, perhaps the best Pokémon yet. On Wii U, we had a loving Pikmin update and the vibrant, majestic Super Mario 3D World. Also encouraging was a willingness to partner with external studios. The Wonderful 101 might not have hit the mark, but it represents a welcome shift away from total dependency on peerless internal studios.