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Ubisoft Has Some Bright Days And Want You To Know PDF Print E-mail
Written by Starfox   
Tuesday, 22 January 2008 18:00
Well they don't really want you to know but when you are a company on the stock exchange you're forced to divulge financial information once in a while and let say that Ubisoft seems to be doing pretty well (much more than Eidos in any case). With a financial result of €450 millions (US$652 millions) for the third quarter of the current financial year they score an increase of 44.4% compared to the same period last year. They even managed to outstripped their own prevision from last December that was of €410 millions. And they go on telling that this excellent result is due to no small part to outstanding sales of Assassin's Creed on both the PS3 and Xbox 360 platforms which was the best selling game in Europe and 2nd best selling game in the US for the PS3 and 2nd and 3rd for the Xbox 360. Their new gaming franchise Imagine is quoted as co-responsible.

Why would all of this be of any interest to us, the PC gaming crowd? Well because of one good reason:

Drown within the amount of pretty uninteresting financial data (unless you're one of Ubisoft shareholder in which case we extend our congratulations) Ubisoft also divulge that 84% of their games sales during the first nine months of this fiscal year were generated by consoles titles compared to 55% for the previous year -- which sadly is not a pretty good omen for PC gamers since obviously Ubisoft will tend to focus on the console market in the future -- one go where the money is even if for obvious reasons Ubisoft didn't say this in their financial update. This 84% clearly sucks (for PC Gamers, not for Ubisoft nor the console guys).

Other than that... well, not much. The PC version of Assassin's Creed is still scheduled for the fourth quarter (which will end up this coming Spring) as well as the second title in the Rainbow Six - Vegas series. Only one game is delayed to the next fiscal year (because one never place all one's eggs in the same basket), Haze. Despite of the release of 2 big titles during the fourth quarter, they expect to see a financial result this time 16% inferior to the same period last year. Ah well, you can never win every time.

Also, Ubisoft confirm in their statement that they consider Assassin's Creed as a full franchise (you bet -- they would be crazy otherwise) which means that you can expect more babies in the future even if no project was announced.

And they hope for a €1 billion (about US$1.43 billion) result for the next fiscal year... Wanna take a bet?
 

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