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Ubisoft Q3: Next Assassin’s Creed to be announced in May

Monday, 14th February 2011 16:43 GMT By Johnny Cullen

Ubisoft’s confirmed that the next Assassin’s Creed title will be announced in May for release in FY2012, and has issued a 6.5 million shipped figure for Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood.

Ubi’s Q3 results

The next Assassin’s Creed will be announced in May for FY2012 release.

Assasin’s Creed: Brotherhood has shipped 6.5 million units since last November.

Q3 sales revenue was €600 million, up 21.2 percent year-on-year.

The news came out of the company’s Q3 financials.

“We will have an Assassin’s Creed this year. We are going to give you more details in May,” Ubisoft boss Yves Guillemot said in the company’s financial call.

The publisher said that previous AC title Brotherhood has shipped 6.5 million units since it went on sale last November.

Ubisoft said in the call that Brotherhood is performing better than Assassin’s Creed II in terms of revenue, but has shipped less units than the previous game.

Brotherhood is expected to sell in the region of 7-7.5 million units, around 1-1.5 million less than Assassin’s Creed II.

Sticking with AC, the company confirmed in the financial call following the figures release that PSP title Bloodlines, first shipped in 2009, has now sold 500,000 units

Still dancing

Just Dance 1, 2 and Kids, as well as Dance on Broadway and Michael Jackson: The Experience, have sold a combined 10.5 million units.

Guillemot commented that the Just Dance franchise could easily match Guitar Hero’s performance, without emulating Activision’s yearly release schedule.

“Guitar Hero was able to succeed for five years. What they did was launch a new instalment every year… We have launched a few games now and what we see is consumers want more and more songs,” he said.

“There’s a good chance this dance segment can be strong for four or five years like Guitar Hero.”

“There’s a good chance this dance segment can be strong for four or five years like Guitar Hero” – Guillemot

Ubisoft-made titles that supported Kinect have sold 2 million units, although specific titles were not named.

Revenue for the third quarter ending December 31 was €600 million, up 21.2 percent year-on-year from the €495 million in the same period last year.

Q4 sales are expected to be €159 million, down 24 percent year-over-year.

Highlights of the company’s Q4 slate include the PC SKU of Brotherhood, a handful of EU 3DS launch titles and the release of the HD version of Beyond Good & Evil.

For the first nine months in fiscal 2011, Ubisoft saw revenue of €860 million, a 30.3 percent increase compared to the €660 million taken in fiscal 2010.

Ubisoft also saw market share in Europe and the US increase to 9.2 percent and 7.3 percent respectively, compared to 7.8 percent and 5.4 percent for the same period in calendar 2009.

“The video game industry is an industry of opportunities. Creating new genres, innovating to attract new consumers and seizing the opportunities offered by new hardware lie at the heart of Ubisoft’s development and growth,” said Guillemot.

“We have already proven this with the Wii and the DS, and we are further proving it with the recently-launched Kinect, which has met with outstanding success thanks to its revolutionary interface. Ubisoft has also made its mark as a creator of new game genres, with its two flagship brands, Assassin’s Creed and Just Dance.”

Guillemot added: “The record performance achieved in third- quarter 2010-11 as well as the fact that three of our games were among the best sellers over the crucial Christmas period is further evidence of the relevance of our strategy.

“Going forward, we intend to continue to innovate and pursue our refocus on key franchises in the high definition segment, while investing in upcoming opportunities in digital, in the casual segment and in future consoles, notably the 3DS and the NGP.”

Guillemot also confirmed that Ubisoft has decreased commitment to new HD IP, and now plans to launch only one new franchise every two years for HD consoles.

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22 Comments

  1. Hunam

    AC, the series that just keeps on giving it seems.

    #1 4 years ago
  2. Nozz

    I still need to pick this up. Is the online totally dead yet?

    #2 4 years ago
  3. EscoBlades

    @2: Far from it. Its thriving!

    #3 4 years ago
  4. dfar80

    I keep reading different reports – some say it shipped, some say it sold 6.5. Which is which?

    #4 4 years ago
  5. RomaTotti10

    #4 When Ubi say they shipped 6.5 it means that they sold 6.5 to retailers but that doesn’t necessary mean that consumers have bought all the copies.

    #5 4 years ago
  6. dfar80

    ^Exactly, which is why I’m wondering.

    #6 4 years ago
  7. Johnny Cullen

    It’s shipped. I thought it was sold too, but it’s shipped.

    #7 4 years ago
  8. DuckOfDestiny

    I loved Assassins Creed: Brotherhood, but I can’t help but feel if they start pumping out one yearly, then it’s going to end up like COD.

    #8 4 years ago
  9. Doz12

    @8 maybe but at least it does have some quality in it and the same team behind it all the time t give it some consistency.

    #9 4 years ago
  10. psybass

    waiting for AC brotherhood PC version.

    #10 4 years ago
  11. Michael O’Connor

    Certainly can’t complain about more Assassin’s Creed.

    I wonder where they’re going to go next. I’d say Ezio’s story is done for now.

    #11 4 years ago
  12. razvan2you

    @19, they forgot to mention that the PC version of ACB will be released in 18 March……

    #12 4 years ago
  13. revolting

    I really can’t wait to see the next proper installment of AC (having finally finished Brotherhood just yesterday… bloody cliffhanger ending has me needing more!), it’s pretty much one of the better original story franchises of this generation in my book, right up there with Mass Effect. The way they’ve expanded upon and reinforced both the mythology and the gameplay of the game with every single chapter released took what was a decent but fairly average first game and nurtured it into what has become one of my favourite series of games pretty much ever. I expected Brotherhood to be little more than a spin-off cash cow, and while their are certainly elements of that, it’s without a doubt the most satisfying game I’ve played from the end of last year/start of this one.

    But that said, I wouldn’t be entirely surprised if this new AC game being announced in may is some random spin-off for NGP, or something… it does seem a little soon after Brotherhood for an AC3 proper.

    #13 4 years ago
  14. revolting

    And, yes #2 and #3… multiplayer is brilliant. Again something I expected to be little more than a tack-on piece of crap, it’s actually really well done and immensely enjoyable. As with the rest of Brotherhood, I underestimated Ubisoft and am glad to be eating my words… quality product all around, and very much the chapter after AC2, not just AC2.5, dispite the break in number continuity.

    #14 4 years ago
  15. NeoSquall

    @12 are you sure? where did you read it?

    #15 4 years ago
  16. NeoSquall

    Nevermind, I found it myself.

    Yay!

    #16 4 years ago
  17. albo88

    Ubisoft is making some money so they could saltly release the other games that haven’t been released yet and its to be said they finished last year like ghost recon future soldier and Driver San Francisco

    #17 4 years ago
  18. albo88

    i guess we will see this games in 2012

    #18 4 years ago
  19. Brenna Hillier

    I’ve updated with a Guillemot quote on the future of the Just Dance franchise.

    #19 4 years ago
  20. gdogg979

    nice..still need to pick up brotherhood.its only around the £20 mark on most sites atm.

    #20 4 years ago
  21. Teabag

    Absolutely love the AC series. It’s an extremely polished, well cared IP by the company. This could be Ubisoft’s best franchise. Cannot wait for AC3!

    #21 4 years ago
  22. CaptPierce

    True, I was expecting AC2.5 with this game, but no. It really is a full fledged sequel. And I couldn’t be happier in buying it. :)

    #22 4 years ago

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