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Ubisoft Financials Show Record Percentage Of Digital Revenue

During a financial call for the first fiscal quarter ending on June 30, Ubisoft touted sales that exceeded expectations, high digital sales, and increased engagement levels with titles like The Division.

Sales were at €139 million, up from the target of €125, with a record amount of digital sales. Digital revenue accounted for 75 percent (at €104.8 million) as compared to 56 percent last year, including "recurring player investment" in the form of DLC, season passes, etc. to the tune of €47.9 million – an increase of 113.8 percent. Ubisoft praised the player engagement level for titles like Rainbow Six Siege and The Division. Monthly active users in general were up 53 percent as compared to last year. The Crew was also singled out, particularly because it's been out since late 2014.

Ubisoft's €139 million in sales for the quarter is up 44 percent from the same period last year. Also rising were back-catalog sales, which increased by 36.3 percent year-on-year.

The company projects second-quarter sales at about €100 million, with a full year expectation for 2016-2017 at about €1,700 million.

According to Ubisoft, these first-quarter numbers make it the leading North American and EMEA (Europe, Middle East, and Africa) publisher for the first six months of calendar 2016.

 

Our Take
Ubisoft mentioned its two new board directors, but did not address Vivendi's attempted hostile takeover.

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GI Show – Our 5 Most Underrated Games, Deus Ex Game Club

While the entire world is consumed by Pokémon Go, we decided to forge a different path with this week's episode of The Game Informer Show. Host Ben Hanson is joined by Jeff Cork, Kyle Hilliard, and Joe Juba to talk about this generation's most underrated games. We each chose five unsung heroes from the PS4, Xbox One, PC (from 2013 on), mobile, 3DS, or Vita and explained why they deserve a second look. We'd love to hear your pick for underrated games this generation in the comments below or send them in to [email protected]. Following this fun chat, we kick off our GI Game Club for Deus Ex: Human Revolution by talking about the game's opening hours.

You can watch the video below, subscribe and listen to the audio on iTunes, or listen to episode 307 on SoundCloud. Also, be sure to send your emails to [email protected] for a chance to have them answered on the show and win a prize by becoming Email of the Week!

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2:00 – Our choices for this generation's five most underrated games
1:11:45 – Listener emails
1:40:50 – Discussing Deus Ex: Human Revolution for GI Game Club

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Hollywood wants to make a TV show based on EA’s Battlefield games

Electronic Arts has cut a deal that will see Paramount TV and production company Anonymous Content optioning the rights to produce a television series based on EA and DICE’s Battlefield games. …


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GI Show – Battlefield 1, Dead By Daylight, Community Call-In

Welcome back to The Game Informer Show! This week host Ben Hanson is joined by Kyle Hilliard, Javy Gwaltney, and news editor Mike Futter. We cover a ton of games this week, kicking things off by talking about what it's like to play Battlefield 1. We also discuss the fascinating decision to make Turtle Rock's Evolve free to play, BoxBoxBoy on 3DS, Paragon, Zero Time Dilemma, Ghostbusters in VR, Dead by Daylight, and more! After some community emails, we then take things up a notch by having Kimberley Wallace join us for some random Skype calls from the community!

You can watch the video below, subscribe and listen to the audio on iTunes, or listen to episode 306 on SoundCloud. Also, be sure to send your emails to [email protected] for a chance to have them answered on the show and win a prize by becoming Email of the Week!

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1:34 – Battlefield 1
15:04 – Evolve going free-to-play
31:35 – BoxBoxBoy!
35:30 – Epic's MOBA Paragon
40:30 – Zero Time Dilemma
46:27 – Interviewing Ivan Reitman and playing Ghostbusters VR
56:50 – Dead by Daylight
1:01:47 – Community emails
1:32:45 – Community Skype calls

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GI Show – Pokémon Go, Inside, Back Of The Box Trivia

Welcome back to The Game Informer Show, we're happy to have you. This week on the big show, Kyle Hilliard professes his undying love for the spiritual successor to Limbo called Inside, Andrew Reiner explains why Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens is one of the better Lego experiences in years, and Jeff Cork shares his impressions of Pokémon Go's beta.  After all of the recent games discussion and some fun emails from the community, we duke it out in a round of back of the box trivia. Tune in, tell a friend!

You can watch the video below, subscribe and listen to the audio on iTunes, or listen to episode 305 on SoundCloud. Also, be sure to send your emails to [email protected] for a chance to have them answered on the show and win a prize by becoming Email of the Week!

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5:50 – Inside's glowing review
14:55 – Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens
24:10 – Lego Dimensions' future
28:15 – Minecraft Battle update
30:25 - Pokémon Go impressions
53:35 – Reading community emails
1:15:10 – Back of the game box trivia

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GI Show – E3′s Best, Tokyo Mirage Sessions, Inside Eidos Montreal

Welcome back to The Game Informer Show. On this week's episode, we mop up some of the best things seen at E3 2016 with guests Andy McNamara and Andrew Reiner but first we cover some games that are out now. We're joined by Kimberley Wallace to talk about the Wii U's hot new JRPG regrettably called Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE. We also cover the woes of Mighty No 9, and the highs of the also recently released Drawful 2 and Rhythm Heaven Megamix. In the back half of this week's show we speak with Stephane D'Astous, who built up Eidos Montreal to develop games like Deus Ex: Human Revolution and the Thief reboot. While he's no longer with the studio, he has amazing insight into what it's like to work for Square within a Western studio and much more.

You can watch the video below, subscribe and listen to the audio on iTunes, or listen to episode 304 on SoundCloud. Also, be sure to send your emails to [email protected] for a chance to have them answered on the show and win a prize by becoming Email of the Week!

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2:15 – Mighty No 9
9:35 – Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE
16:45 – Rhythm Heaven Megamix
18:50 – Drawful 2
24:25 – Discussing Xbox One S and Project Scorpio
38:40 – Rare's Sea of Thieves
44:25 – Star Trek Bridge Crew in VR
50:10 – PlayStation VR at E3
58:30 – Nintendo's Ever Oasis
1:01:40 – Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare
1:00:15 – Emails sent to [email protected]
1:07:10 – E3's biggest disappointments
1:34:25 – Stephane D'Astous brings us inside Eidos Montreal's growth and challenges

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GI Show – Our Top 5 Favorite Things Of E3 2016

We're here! The Game Informer crew is back at E3 and we recorded a very special episode of the podcast in our little hotel room. Host Ben Hanson is joined by Jeff Marchiafava, Ben Reeves, and Game Informer's newest hire Elise Favis to break down the most exciting things at gaming's biggest show. We all go around and count down from five in a grand discussion about what games or experiences stood out at this year's show. We didn't have time for emails but there's going to be a lot of mopping up E3 news in next week's show, so please write in to [email protected] with your thoughts on the show. Also, the back half of the show welcomes back former co-host Tim Turi to talk about his new life at Capcom and how hard it was to keep Resident Evil VII a secret.

You can listen to the podcast below, subscribe and listen to the audio on iTunes, or listen to episode 302 on SoundCloud. Also, be sure to send your emails to [email protected] for a chance to have them answered on the show and win a prize by becoming Email of the Week!

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New Kingdom Hearts 2.8 Screens Show The Game’s Combat And Worlds

Kingdom Hearts 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue will be the final entry in the long-running series before Kingdom Hearts 3 is finally released. Square recently revealed some new screens for the game showing off several of its different worlds, characters, and combat. 

Judging by the screens, Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance, originally released in 2012 on the 3DS, has really benefited from its upscale for the PlayStation 4, looking comparable to the recent HD re-releases of Kingdom Hearts and Kingdom Hearts 2 on the PlayStation 3 in 2013 and 2014 respectively. Check out 20 new screens below.

Kingdom Hearts 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue will feature the aforementioned Dream Drop Distance, as well as a new HD cinematic film called Kingdom Hearts X Back Cover and an entirely new game called Kingdom Hearts 0.2 Birth By Sleep – A Fragmentary Passage. The collection is expected to release this December.

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Activision Bringing Animated Skylanders Academy TV Show To Netflix

Activision launched a studio last year to start creating original content for its assorted franchises and Skylanders Academy is the first production out of the gate.

The show will air on Netflix this fall and boasts an impressive cast. The show is being run Eric Rogers, who is credited as an assistant to writers for Futurama. The cast includes Justin Long as Spyro, Ashley Tisdale as Stealth Elf, Jonathan Banks, of Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul, as Eruptor, and Norm MacDonald as Glumshanks. Other talent announced for the show includes Susan Sarandon, Daniel Wu, Parker Posey, James Hetfield, Catherine O’Hara, Bobcat Goldthwait, and Harland Williams among others.

The show folows Skylanders characters going on a series of adventures as they show, "the next wave of Academy cadets how to do things the 'Skylander way.'"

For more on Skylanders and what's next for the franchise, head here.

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GI Show – Our Top 5 Favorite Things Of E3 2016

We're here! The Game Informer crew is back at E3 and we recorded a very special episode of the podcast in our little hotel room. Host Ben Hanson is joined by Jeff Marchiafava, Ben Reeves, and Game Informer's newest hire Elise Favis to break down the most exciting things at gaming's biggest show. We all go around and count down from five in a grand discussion about what games or experiences stood out at this year's show. We didn't have time for emails but there's going to be a lot of mopping up E3 news in next week's show, so please write in to [email protected] with your thoughts on the show. Also, the back half of the show welcomes back former co-host Tim Turi to talk about his new life at Capcom and how hard it was to keep Resident Evil VII a secret.

You can listen to the podcast below, subscribe and listen to the audio on iTunes, or listen to episode 302 on SoundCloud. Also, be sure to send your emails to [email protected] for a chance to have them answered on the show and win a prize by becoming Email of the Week!

Special Note: There is a video version of this episode coming, we'll update the story when it is ready.

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