Ubisoft Sales Down 35 Percent

Ubisoft Sales Down 35 Percent

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Ubisoft says things are going about as well as can be expected in a console transition year but sees better things ahead with the coming launch of Watch Dogs.

Ubisoft released its third-quarter financial results today, announcing sales for the three-month period ending December 31, 2013 of €520 million ($709.3 million), down more than 35 percent from the €802 million ($1.09 billion) in sales over the same period in the previous year. Sales for the first nine months of the year are down nearly 25 percent, from €1.08 billion ($1.47 billion) to €813 million ($1.11 billion).

"Over the short term, the high quality of our titles - which is unanimously recognized by gamers - has enabled us to achieve our third-quarter sales target depite the transition period currently affecting the market," Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot said in a statement. "Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag performed particularly well, reinforcing the franchise's long-term potential and therefore its upcoming iteration."

Ubisoft said Assassin's Creed IV shipped ten million units, which "bears witness to both the high quality of the game and the franchise's strong dynamic with gamers," although the previous game, Assassin's Creed III, shipped 12 million copies over the same period despite being on fewer platforms. Other numbers of note: Rocksmith 2014 had lower-than-expected sales with just one million units shipped, digital sales shrunk by four percent for the quarter but remain 12 percent up overall and "back catalog" sales for the quarter were down 21 percent over the previous year, which Ubisoft also blamed on the console transition period.

Despite the hefty loss for the quarter, Ubisoft has high hopes for its 2014-15 fiscal year, which it expects to start very strongly with the release of Watch Dogs in the first quarter, putting it somewhere between April and the end of June of this year.

Source: Ubisoft

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Because Ubisoft has not signed up for a JoePlay account, they have not had full access to the contents of my wallet.

Ubisoft not blaming pc gamers for poor sales? Something fishy is going on here.

Black Flag lost out on sales compared to 3? That's pretty worrying, considering almost everyone says it's the better game. I don't really understand the software depression at the start of a new console cycle, so I guess it could be that, otherwise this might be the signs of some Assassins Fatigue

It's a shame, even with Uplay bullshit, Ubisoft is decent enough publisher (which is as good as it gets those days). Far Cry 3 is probably my favorite game from the past 2 years, and Black Flag is up there too.

I imagine a lot people lost some faith into the AC series after 3. I know I did. And to be honest, although ACIV is a great game, if you're after stabbing people and running through nice cities in your AC games, then 4 just isn't the right thing.

Rush Syks:
I imagine a lot people lost some faith into the AC series after 3. I know I did. And to be honest, although ACIV is a great game, if you're after stabbing people and running through nice cities in your AC games, then 4 just isn't the right thing.

They're paying for a combination of AC fatigue, and AC3 disgust. It's hard enough keeping a yearly iteration going, much less when the previous one was a boring mess. In the end, I wonder what happens if Watch Dogs flops? Could it be another THQ situation?

I just bought Splinter Cell Blacklist on Steam. And yet it still launches UPlay when I want to play. Why? Screw your UPlay, it's BS. Next time I want to buy a Ubisoft game, I'll make sure it's NOT using UPlay AT ALL, otherwise I won't buy it, because it's just useless.

What's wrong with Steam or Origin? You should have come up with the idea, now it's too late.

Furism:
Screw your UPlay, it's BS.

I've had even more problems with this pile of junk than Origin. I had the same issue with FC3. Got it on Steam, but it boots through UPlay. Then two days later it won't load at all because their server are down and their awful DRM system won't let me access my games. C*nts. The only time I go for the console version over PC now.

Anyway, yeah I'd like blame franchise fatigue and AC3 disgust as well. There hasn't been much they've put out that's a not the 5th or 6th in the series and AC3 is what made me stop preordering games. That and the appalling joke that they call customer support. I hope this is a sign of people losing faith in them (I used to buy almost anything with Ubi on it) but it's probably something else

BrotherRool:
Black Flag lost out on sales compared to 3? That's pretty worrying, considering almost everyone says it's the better game. I don't really understand the software depression at the start of a new console cycle, so I guess it could be that, otherwise this might be the signs of some Assassins Fatigue

Could be people playing 3, realizing it's not great, and passing on Black Flag because of it.

Hell, it's what I did until a few weeks ago.

Rush Syks:
I imagine a lot people lost some faith into the AC series after 3. I know I did. And to be honest, although ACIV is a great game, if you're after stabbing people and running through nice cities in your AC games, then 4 just isn't the right thing.

All the yearly release games sold less this year, new consoles mean instead of buying all of them they bought some of them.

Plus the Wii's death is really hurting them Ubisoft made a lot of money selling low budget shovelware on the Wii and DS in the USA and Europe but those consoles are being retired and the 3DS and WiiU is not selling to as broad a range of consumers as the last gen did.

Irridium:

BrotherRool:
Black Flag lost out on sales compared to 3? That's pretty worrying, considering almost everyone says it's the better game. I don't really understand the software depression at the start of a new console cycle, so I guess it could be that, otherwise this might be the signs of some Assassins Fatigue

Could be people playing 3, realizing it's not great, and passing on Black Flag because of it.

Hell, it's what I did until a few weeks ago.

That did it for me. I was deep into AC around AC 1&2, filler games fatigued me and 3 just put the last nail in the coffin. I'll check out ACIV when its $5 or less on steam. I have all the time in the world to wait as I just don't care about the series anymore.

Sad thing was that was the only series left that I cared for that Ubisoft made.

My sale of Rayman Legends is not happenning because of UPlay. I absolutely loved Rayman Origins, and would like more in that vein, but I refuse to install yet another program that want so manage my games. It's DRM layered on DRM:

Maybe they should try Assassin's Creed: Blood Dragon. It would be the one we are all waiting for.

I am just happy that South Park - The Stick of truth does not utelize U-Play. Thanks to THQ it seems it was impossible to implement this shit afterwords. I really don't know if I bought this game with U-play.

Now only this crap first DAY DLC, wich all publishers do, gets a little bit of my happiness.

Well, I thought you didn't want my money. I am a man who keeps his word.

Furthermore, Uplay sounds like some sort of illegal practice when you say it.

Maybe I'd buy your games if I had interest in them and if you removed Uplay, its not as bad as Origin but I don't think I should have to go through Uplay as well as steam...

Also enough with the massive sequel factories already!

I'd buy the assassin's creed games in a heartbeat if they had no UPLAY. I suspect many would.

 

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