At the start of April, the financial year rolls over. During the following weeks, we see reports from developers and publishers about their financial performance over the last 12 months. While most gamers wouldn't really care about this, these reports also contain some interesting information about upcoming titles. Here are the highlights from Ubisoft's 2014-2015 sales report.
We'll start with the titles that we already knew about and a piece of bad news. Massive Entertainment's Tom Clancy's The Division has been delayed again. The title will now be released in the first quarter of 2016. This translates as any time between January 1st and March 31st. Ubisoft wishes to make sure that there was plenty of time to account for potential feedback from the game's upcoming and previously unannounced alpha and beta tests.
In better news, the release window for Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege was narrowed down to Q4 2015, so between October 1st and December 31st, 2015. New content is planned for this title on a regular basis as it is "a multiplayer title". On the contrary, Ubisoft confirmed that Assassin's Creed Syndicate will not have a multiplayer component. Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot stated:
We believe that Rainbow Six revenue will be increased by its multiplayer capacity, but on Assassin's what we saw was that it was a different type of game and it is very important to bring the best quality on the solo product and that is what will bring the most fun for our gamers.We also had some new announcements, ranging from the detailed to the extremely vague. Ubisoft is planning to launch a new Just Dance title during 2015-16, although this shouldn't be a massive surprise. The next title in the Hasbro Channel franchise was also revealed. Scrabble will be heading to Xbox One before the end of June, although it will only be exclusive to USA.
This game will be single player [...] You don't have a multiplayer mode on this iteration because we want to spend all our time on making sure the single player is excellent and it's coming along extremely well.
There is "another triple-A title that has not yet been announced" that will arrive between January 1st and March 31st, 2016. This title was later described as a franchise. Ubisoft refused to comment on whether it was a new franchise, such as the long forgotten https://www.trueachievements.com/Furious-4/achievements.htm, or whether it is a new title within an existing franchise, such as Far Cry, Splinter Cell or Watch_Dogs. They did confirm that this title will be unveiled next fall, so keep your eyes open for further news.
The final important note is that Ubisoft is prioritising game development away from the last generation consoles and will be concentrating on the current generation. Guillemot said:
All of our titles, except Just Dance, will be new-gen and PC only [...] On Just Dance we will continue to bring old-gen console versions, but on the other products like Assassin's Creed, Rainbow Six, The Division and the unannounced franchise, we will not have old-gen versions.This is not too surprising bearing in mind that the Xbox One and Playstation 4 titles made up 42% of Ubisoft's total revenue for the previous financial year, compared to just 18% total revenue generated by Xbox 360 and Playstation 3. Will this finally encourage you to make the jump to an Xbox One?
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