Ubisoft’s success with open-world games continues. First it was Assassin’s Creed then Far Cry. Now, it’s Watch Dogs.
“The success of Watch Dogs and the quality of our games portfolio presented at this year’s E3 highlight our strategic positioning as well as our continuous drive for innovation, and affirm our long-term approach,” Yves Guillemot, co-founder and chief executive officer, said in a press release. ”Watch Dogs is now well positioned as a major franchise and we will be able to replicate and build on its success in the coming years.”
Translation? Watch Dogs every year baby. It was a solid game, but 8 million shipped copies solid? I don’t know, but it goes to show you gamers are thirsty for new games in the traditionally empty summer season.
Watch Dogs helped propel Ubisoft’s fiscal first quarter sales to €360 million. That’s an astounding 374% increase compared to last year’s €76 million. Take note publishers. Gamers love AAA releases in the summer too.
Digital sales also saw some love with a 149% increase to €84 million. What pushed digital higher? A good chunk came from mobile and digital releases of Watch Dogs, Child of Light, Valiant Hearts and Trials Fusion.
The new consoles are proving to be quite the sales powerhouses for Ubisoft. Over half of their revenue from the first quarter came from PS4 and Xbox One content.
Guillemont expressed enthusiasm about the current gen’s future. “Although the financial year has only just started, our confidence for fiscal-year 2014-15 has been reinforced by our first-quarter performance and the keen anticipation for our upcoming games,” Guillemot said.
How about the second quarter? Ubisoft’s anticipating a slowdown with no major games coming until the fall. Sales are expected be 61% lower year-over-year at €85 million. Far Cry 4 and Assassin’s Creed Unity will make up for the slowdown this fall.
I can’t wait for some co-op Assassin’s Creed. What are you looking forward to the most from Ubisoft later this year?