Ubisoft has laid out its plans for the 2009-10 fiscal year, and they include a number of its marquee franchises like Assassin's Creed and Splinter Cell, as well as handful of new properties and a sequel to the much-maligned Wii launch title, Red Steel.
Laying out Ubisoft's future in the coming fiscal year, CEO Yves Guillemot had a decidedly optimistic forecast. "2009-10 looks very promising and our teams are working flat-out to provide gamers with the best the industry has to offer," Guillemot said in a report on third quarter earnings in 2008-09. "Although we have to be cautious in light of the current economic environment, we expect Ubisoft to once again be one of the most dynamic and profitable publishers in the games industry in 2009."
The fiscal year for 2009 to 10 will end in March 2010, so expect these games to be on shelves by then: Assassin's Creed 2, the long-in-development Splinter Cell Conviction, a new Ghost Recon, a whole bunch of Imagine and Petz games, and a new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles game which MTV has on good word is being made by some of the folks who helped build Super Smash Bros Brawl. Also scheduled to make a return is Red Steel, the swords-and-guns Wii game that proved one of the console's bigger launch disappointments. The new title will feature Motion Plus controls for ultimate 1:1 hold-your-pistol-sideways-like-a-Triad-member action.
Guillemot also revealed that I Am Alive, the post-disaster survival game that we got the first details on last month and which was only recently rumored to be released in March, will be delayed. "I Am Alive will require further development time and will now bolster the line-up for 2009-10," he said.