Ubisoft has suggested during a lengthy investor conference call that the next generation of consoles could make use of the free to play model. This is a method of money making that's often seen on the PC, but not on the Xbox or PlayStation.
F2P games almost always make use of in-game micro-transactions to generate capital. Often times with big MMOs that move over from a subscription based model to a free to play one, the number of players dramatically increases and revenue does too. This is a trend that's likely to continue, since small purchases for social games like those on Facebook, are becoming much more commonplace.
During the call, Ubisoft also made it clear that it was well on its way to developing next-gen titles, though it seems likely it was talking mostly about Wii U Games, than those for the much more far off Xbox 720 Durango and PS4 Orbis.
While publishers can traditionally be a bit cagey about generation jumps in console hardware this time around, most likely because console sales are taking a dive, it's companies like Ubisoft and Epic Games that are really pushing the debut of new hardware. With the Xbox 360 and PS3 sequel machines purported to not be ready until the end of 2013, this could mean the Wii U gets a lot of love from developers and publishers alike.
Source: MCVUK (opens in new tab)