The second annual GDC Taipei Summit begins December 5th, 9 a.m. UTC, with onsite registration available starting opening day at the Taipei International Convention Center. …
Tony Key, senior VP of marketing and sales at Ubisoft, recently said the publisher’s “feeling is the installed base of these machines will be much faster to take hold than previous generations” in regards to the PS4 and Xbox One an interview with Games Industry International.
“In the first couple of years, we expect double the installed based of previous generations,” he added, referring to the number of systems sold over the same period of time. “The reason why is: The last cycle was longer, so there’s a lot of pent up demand.” Key isn’t alone in believing that the new systems will continue to sell well, as Sony’s Jack Tretton projected that three million PS4 consoles would be sold by the end of the year. The PS4 is off to a good start; the next-generation console sold one million units within its first 24 hours at retail.
Key also spoke to the delay of Ubisoft’s Watch Dogs to spring 2014 in the interview, saying that “Watch Dogs is designed to be a long-term brand for Ubisoft. We won’t launch it until we know it’s equaling the vision it can achieve.”
Update: Clarified language regarding Key’s expectation for next-generation console sales.
Typically we like to stay out of the “resolutiongates” that are rooted in console-warring between Xbox One and PlayStation 4. But this visuals-related maneuver caught our eye. …
Ubisoft shared some of its financial data recently that showed, thanks to help from long-terms sales on open-world games like Assassin's Creed III and Far Cry 3.
Covering a six-month period ending September 30, Ubisoft showed $ 271.5 million in gross profits and $ 393.8 million is sales, both healthy increases compared to the same period in 2012.
Games published earlier this year, like Far Cry 3 and Assassin's Creed III, helped to fill out Ubisoft's backlog of games, which saw a 16% increase from 2012.
Ubisoft's CEO, Yves Guillemot, said the company is optimistic, but bracing for the next-generation of consoles in a statement accompanying the financial reporting. "We are confident in our capacity to rise to the short-term challenges posed by the transition phase, thanks to the very high quality of our games, which, combined with the upcoming arrival of the next-generation consoles and the traditional ramp-up of sales during the Christmas season will trigger positive momentum towards the end of the year."
Guillemot also seemed to recognize that Ubisoft's success has open-world gaming to thank, at least in part, for the company's continued success. "Open world games are becoming ever-more popular with gamers. These creations give gamers the freedom of expression and immersive experiences that are now central to their expectations. This deep-seated market trend – which Ubisoft has fully embraced – is going to move up another gear when the next-generation consoles arrive."
Things are looking good for Ubisoft as it moves into the next generation of gaming. We'll have to wait and see if and how Watch Dogs' delay will affect the company, but right now, the Assassin's Creed publisher is as strong as ever. If I were them, I would use those profits to make a new Prince of Persia game.
Ubisoft reported gross profit of €202.2 million ($ 271.5 million) in the first half of fiscal year 2014, up from €192.7 million ($ 258.8 million) in 2012. Sales in the six months ending September 30 hit €293.3 million ($ 393.8 million), up from €279.2 million ($ 374.9 million) over the same period last year. At the end of it all, Ubisoft has €141.7 million ($ 190.3 million) in debt.
Ubisoft attributes the uptick in sales to growth in DLC and digital content purchases, and a 16 percent increase in sales of its back catalog, calling out Far Cry 3 and Assassin’s Creed 3.
“Open world games are becoming ever-more popular with gamers,” Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot said in the financial statement. “These creations give gamers the freedom of expression and immersive experiences that are now central to their expectations …. We are continuing to make strides in the implementation of our strategy, by concentrating our resources on regular releases of our open world franchises, investing in digital expertise and increasing the visibility of our brands, notably through movies and TV series.”
Ubisoft is running into some bumps due to the video game console transition, but long-term, the publisher is counting on big open world games and high-margin digital to keep the ball rolling. …
Good Old Games is hosting a weekend-long sale on Ubisoft’s digital catalog, giving up to a 60 percent discount on featured games like Rayman Origins, Beyond Good & Evil, and the Prince of Persia Sands of Time trilogy.
All 54 games can be purchased together for $ 163.56, offering over $ 80 in savings over purchasing them individually at their regular prices. If, for whatever reason, you don’t feel like you need all eleven Might & Magic games on offer, the bundle can be customized to include as many or as few games as desired. The sale extends through Monday, November 4.
This weekend, GOG.com is offering something that isn’t often seen: 60% off their entire Ubisoft catalog. While these may not be the newest Ubisoft titles, there are some great games in this sale, such as Beyond Good & Evil, Assassin’s Creed: Director’s Cut, Prince of Persia: Sands of Time, Far Cry 2, Splinter Cell, and Rayman.
This deal will last until Midnight PST on Nov. 5.
Ubisoft has announced it is suspending its Uplay Passport DRM feature, as well as modifying the system on Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag to allow free access to previously gated online features. …
“The Uplay Passport program was initiated as a means of giving customers full access and support for online multiplayer and features, along with exclusive content, bonuses and rewards,” Ubisoft writes. “However, games today are blurring the line between offline and online, between what is ‘single player’ and what is ‘multiplayer.’ Based on that and on the feedback we received from you, we recognized that Passport is no longer the best approach for ensuring that all our customers have the best possible experience with all facets of our games.”
Uplay in Black Flag restricted single-player access to the game’s fleet management system, Ubisoft confirmed. Ubisoft is eliminating the cost of the Uplay Passport in Black Flag – those without one can download a code for free via Xbox Live or PSN, and those who already bought one can contact regional Ubisoft support for more information.