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Don’t Miss: What Ubisoft learned from making Far Cry 2

In this timeless feature, Ubisoft’s Patrick Redding reflects on what the Far Cry 2 team learned during its 3-year development cycle, reflects on current industry trends that informed its development. …


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Ubisoft First Quarter FY16 Results See Big Jump In Digital Sales

Ubisoft has announced the results from its first quarter of the 2016 fiscal year. Sales were down year-over-year, but exceeded expectations thanks to high catalog sales.

Sales revenue for the quarter was down 73.2 percent, dropping from €360.1 million ($ 397.1 million) to €96.6 million ($ 106.5 million). This was largely due to the absence of a major title in the quarter, compared to the release of Watch Dogs in the same period the year before.

However, sales exceeded targets of €80 million ($ 88.2 million) with Far Cry 4, The Crew, and Assassin’s Creed Unity still selling well. Digital was a major part of Ubisoft’s success for the quarter, jumping from 23.2 percent of total sales in last year’s first quarter to 56 percent this year.

The company is in the process of loading its gun for the fall, with few releases planned in the near-term. The July through September period will only see three releases: Might & Magic Heroes VII on PC, Rabbids Appisodes on iOS and Android, and Toy Soldiers War Chest on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC.

Ubisoft’s fall includes Assassin’s Creed Syndicate, Just Dance, and Rainbow Six: Siege, Anno 2205, and Trackmania Turbo. We’ll have more from the upcoming earnings call this afternoon.

 

Our Take
Ubisoft still needs to ensure that The Division lands in this fiscal year and has a clean launch. Consumers are wary after Assassin’s Creed Unity, which means this year needs to be one of rebuilding trust with fans.  

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Patrice Desilets tells his side of the Ubisoft firing story

In a hefty new profile in Game Informer, the former Assassin’s Creed developer recounts his firing from Ubisoft, and why he’s “not being bullied” by the publisher. …


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Ubisoft Is Inviting The Public To Play-Test Assassin’s Creed Syndicate

Ubisoft will be hosting a select number of individuals to play-test the next title in the Assassin's Creed series. The first invitation-only session will be taking place next week in Los Angeles alongside E3.

In order to apply, you need to be over the age of 17 and send an email to [email protected] You'll need to include your name, age, and 100 words or less about your experience playing Assassin's Creed games.

Ubisoft is looking for those experienced with the franchise. If you're selected, you'll be given a specific appointment time on Wednesday, June 17, and further information. For more, check out our previous coverage.

 

Our Take
While we're checking out the game inside the Los Angeles Convention Center, you might be doing the same. Ubisoft appears to be working to involve the community a bit more after last year's problems with Assassin's Creed Unity. Anything the publisher can do to restore confidence and engage its community, the better.

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Ubisoft Adds 17 Titles To PlayStation Now

If you happened to have been asleep last generation and missed an Ubisoft game or two, you might want to take a look at PlayStation Now. Sony’s game streaming service is now home to 17 of the publisher’s titles.

These include full retail releases and digital-only games. Here’s the full list of newly-added PlayStation 3 games:

  • Assassin’s Creed
  • Assassin’s Creed II
  • Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood
  • Assassin’s Creed Revelations
  • Assassin’s Creed III
  • Call of Juarez: Bound in Blood
  • Call of Juarez: Gunslinger
  • Call of Juarez: The Cartel
  • Far Cry 3
  • From Dust
  • I Am Alive
  • Prince of Persia: The Two Thrones
  • Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands
  • Prince of Persia (2008)
  • Rainbow Six Vegas
  • Rainbow Six Vegas 2
  • Splinter Cell Blacklist

You can access these games either through a PlayStation Now subscription or as individual title rentals.

[Source: PlayStation Blog]

 

Our Take
With each additional major publisher that signs onto PlayStation Now, the value proposition improves. I’m still not convinced yet, but the case is becoming more compelling, as this is the only way  to get PlayStation 3 games on your PS4 right now.

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Another Ubisoft Studio Joins Development Of The Division

Ubisoft’s anticipated post-viral MMO, The Division, just got a new partner. The project, headed up by Ubisoft Massive, already includes Red Storm (Ghost Recon) and Reflections (Driver). Now, Ubisoft Annecy has been added to the project.

Annecy was behind the much-loved multiplayer of Splinter Cell: Pandora Tomorrow on the original Xbox. It also worked on the same segment of Chaos Theory, Double Agent, and Assassin’s Creed’s cat-and-mouse multiplayer featured in Brotherhood and beyond.

This studio also handled two well-known hubs in Assassin’s Creed titles. If you upgraded Assassin’s Creed II’s Villa or spent time in Unity’s Café Théâtre, you’ve experienced Ubisoft Annecy’s work.

Unfortunately, Ubisoft isn’t even hinting at what Annecy is working on for The Division. The company is scheduled to discuss its full-year earnings on Tuesday, May 12. At that time, more details may emerge (including whether we’ll be bringing The Division home this year).

[Source: Ubisoft]

 

Our Take
Ubisoft is no stranger to multi-studio projects, with the entire Assassin’s Creed franchise serving as testament. However, it’s surprising to hear that yet another team is being added to a game that is supposed to launch in the next 7 months. I know there’s a lot of anticipation for The Division, and I’m hoping Ubisoft is getting ready to put some shape around the release window. 

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Humble Bundle Discounts Ubisoft Titles, Including Late 2014 Releases

If you’ve been waiting for a sale on Assassin’s Creed, Far Cry, or other Ubisoft titles, your ship has come in. Humble Bundle is teaming up with the publisher to discount a number of games.

Highlights of the sale include Far Cry 3 for $ 7.49 (75 percent off), South Park: The Stick of Truth for $ 13.59 (66 percent off), and Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon for $ 3.49 (75 percent off). Recent titles, including Far Cry 4, The Crew, and Assassin’s Creed Unity are priced at $ 35.99 (40 percent off).

You can check out the complete list of offerings on Humble Bundle’s website. As always, 10 percent of all purchases support charities, including American Red Cross, Child’s Play, Wikimedia, GamesAid, and charity: water. The sale ends May 8 at 10 a.m. Pacific.

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[Update] 10 Minutes Of Rainbow Six Siege Footage Slips Out, But Removed By Ubisoft

Update (2:45 p.m. Eastern): Ubisoft responded to our request for comment on the matter, though had little to share about the footage itself. Rather, the publisher suggested how it may have emerged.

"Last week, we invited a select amount of media and influencers to try the game at our development studio," an Ubisoft representative told us via email. "We are glad that they enjoyed the experience and that soon you will be able to read their impressions. Stay tuned."

Update (11:51 a.m. Eastern): Alas, the video has been removed by Ubisoft. We're still waiting on a comment from the publisher and will update again should we receive one.

Original Story:

When Rainbow Six Siege was announced at E3 2014, we saw a match of “Capture the Hostage” fought through a suburban home. The hostage-takers fortified their position, putting up barricades and reinforcing walls, while the Rainbow team made new entrances to escort the civilian out.

Now, 10 minutes of footage has been made available (though not in a way Ubisoft intended). The Closed Alpha is underway, after applications were opened earlier this month. The fight moves to an airplane that appears to have been grounded unintentionally, if the hanging oxygen masks are any indication.

The defenders have barricades and portable shields at their disposal, while the attackers can scout the environment with a small, wheeled camera drone and destroy some of the structure to get a better perspective.

There’s no release date for Rainbow Six Siege yet, but we’re expecting it this year. We’ve reached out to Ubisoft for some additional information about the footage and if there’s more the publisher is willing to discuss about timing. We’ll update should we receive a response. You can check out the video on Daily Motion (at least until Ubisoft has it removed).

[Source: BatonDeJoie on Daily Motion via Eurogamer]

 

Our Take
Matches seem to move quickly, and the tactical options during the preparation phase seem to set Siege apart from other shooters. This title is likely to live by its breadth of tools available to both attackers and defenders. The more there are, the better the chance for unique strategies and meta-games. I wouldn’t be at all surprised to see this game garner an eSports following.

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Ubisoft Launches Plant-Themed Grow Home On PC

Ubisoft has announced and released a new game from its
Reflections studio, along with a trailer and screenshots. Grow Home puts
players in the shoes of B.U.D. (Botanical Utility Droid), a small robot searching
for the Star Plant save his world.

The game focuses heavily on exploration through
climbing, and tasks players with growing a massive plant from which islands are
produced. The islands are, in turn, home to different species of animals and
allow the player to climb higher in their search for the seeds of the Star
Plant – which will help produce the oxygen needed to save B.U.D's planet.

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Ubisoft Reflections is probably best known for their work on
the Driver series, though they also contributed to Watch Dogs, Just Dance, The Crew,
and Far Cry 3.

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[Update] Ubisoft Says Deactivated Far Cry Keys Purchased With Stolen Credit Card, EA Confirms

Update: EA has confirmed Ubisoft's assertion that the fraudulent keys in question were purchased from Origin. The company provided us with additional detail.

"A number of activation keys for Ubisoft products were purchased from Origin using fraudulent credit cards, and then resold online," an EA representative told us via email. "We identified the unauthorized keys and notified Ubisoft. If you are having trouble with an activation key, we recommend you contact the vendor who sold it to you for a refund. We strongly advise players only purchase keys from Origin or trusted resellers. For more information on our policy is available here: http://help.ea.com/en/article/should-i-purchase-my-ea-downloadable-games-from-cd-key-sellers/."

EA has since removed Ubisoft games from Origin. The publisher says this was to "protect against further fraudulent purchases."

We removed Ubisoft games from Origin to protect against further fraudulent purchases. We've followed up with EA with a request for more information, including why Ubisoft games were targeted and how removing that publisher's catalog improves security.

EA has declined to provide further detail at this time.

Original Story:

In an update to yesterday’s story about deactivated Far Cry 4 keys, Ubisoft has provided additional information about the situation. The company says that players affected are, essentially, in receipt of stolen property.

"We strongly recommend that players purchase keys and downloadable games only from the Uplay Store or their trusted retailers," the company said in a prepared statement. "We regularly work with our authorized resellers to identify and deactivate fraudulently obtained and resold keys. In this case, we confirmed activation keys were recently purchased from EA’s Origin store using fraudulent credit card information and then resold online. These keys may have been deactivated. Customers who may have been impacted should contact the vendor where they purchased the key for a refund."

We approached Kinguin, one of the retailers in question yesterday about the matter. At that time, the company told us something quite different.

"The banned game copies in question were acquired through licensed wholesale distributors and as such the origin of the ‘keys’ is the publisher himself,” said Kinguin chief marketing officer Bartłomiej Skarbiński.

We've reached out to Kinguin again for comment on this revelation. We'll update should we receive a response.

 

Our Take
Consumers still lose out here, but Ubisoft is operating appropriately. Given fraudulent and illegal activity, the company must protect itself. This is a hard and painful lesson for affected users and, quite frankly, it isn't fair. The best course of action is to contact your retailer and hold them accountable. Please let us know what happens.  

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