And Ubisoft unveiled yesterday Tom Clancy’s XDefiant when he had just postponed Rainbow Six Extraction and Riders Republic, It is not a coincidence. Indeed, the publisher published this Tuesday its traditional quarterly report, the first of the fiscal year 2021-2022, followed by a call to investors giving further details. So what’s up ? For starters, net revenues are down 17%, the catalog of older games certainly 94% of cash flow due to a lack of new features.
Besides what we already knew about the continued support ofAssassin’s Creed Valhalla (still sold € 49.99 on Amazon) with a second year of content, it was said thatUbisoft plans to release content for the license Assassin’s Creed per year, even if it is not a new game, explaining this supported live service approach. Assassin’s Creed Infinity was also mentioned and should remain “true to the narrative experience of the AC franchise while developing the brand”, also being “an exciting and ambitious project that will broaden the audience, engagement and level of recurring revenue of the brand “.
More interestingly, it is mentioned a revival for Beyond Good and Evil 2, appearing after the other projects for this fiscal year. We should therefore hear from the game again by the end of March 2022.
Otherwise, with Riders Republic and Skull & Bones, the publisher wants players to be engaged over time, and this will require updates over time like any good game service. Well, for the latter, it would already have to come out … Rainbow Six Siege continues to do well with more than 75 million players, whileExtraction will target both the latter and newcomers. Expectations for the latter are even higher than those for Watch Dogs Legion ! Just Dance 2022 is also expected at the turn in terms of results, thanks to TikTok.
Question planning, The Division Heartland and Roller Champions set to launch before March 31, 2022, these free-to-play being designed to reach a larger audience and increase regular income, 20% of the publisher’s investments being concentrated in this type of project, against 80% for so-called “premium AAA” offers. Besides, the game The Division Mobile currently in development, is in collaboration with Tencent and another title for mobile devices is expected in the fourth quarter (January to March 2022).
Finally, nothing has been said about the problems of harassment and bad corporate culture, even though a complaint has just been filed.
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