Ubisoft’s recent financial report resulted in the reveal of numerous sequels coming from the publisher, aligning with the company’s recently expressed desire to move toward a lower frequency of new games unconnected to its existing series.
Ubisoft has been reliably known for revealing at least one original property at the end of its E3 press briefings over the past couple years, but the publisher has warned investors that it will begin to focus more on established brands. That is not to say Ubisoft is abandoning new projects altogether, but the pace does seem to be slowing. Of the four releases it currently has planned for its fiscal year 2019, only one isn’t a sequel.
The current fiscal year may also end with just one more original Ubisoft game. The publisher has five titles planned for the remainder of this fiscal year, and four have already been announced as installments for established series—namely a new Assassin’s Creed, Far Cry 5, The Crew 2, and South Park: The Fractured But Whole. The fifth unconfirmed title could go either way. Fans are still waiting to hear about the new sci-fi game teased in last year’s Watch Dogs 2, but reported development snags could suggest that this may be the game releasing in FY2019, which doesn’t kick off until the spring of 2018.
Ubisoft predicts it will move 40 million units between the five titles for FY2018, before a drop to 28 million units across the four titles of FY2019. Ubisoft expects to make up for this sidelining of newer and larger quantities of titles through digital content for pre-existing games, as well as support from its back catalogue.
Fans will get a good look at what Ubisoft has planned for FY2018 when it takes to the stage next month for its official E3 press briefing.
Source: VG 24/7