Ubisoft’s latest quarterly earnings call teased that the publisher has four AAA titles set to drop before the end of this fiscal year, leaving fans to speculate on what may be coming.
The mention of the four upcoming AAA titles was pulled from one of the publisher’s presentation slides that detailed the projected total unit sales for the four games. Reset Era forum poster Nirolak used this to predict which games are coming, based on information we know about the current states of the publisher’s various properties. As The Crew 2 and Skull & Bones are expected to be two of the four games, Nirolak deduced that Watch Dogs 3 and The Division 2 are the remaining pair.
Nirolak’s list of evidence, found below, is comprehensive and worth a look for anyone doing their own speculation.
- Most of these notes are about titles that aren’t going to come out in this time period, so we should guess other things, with a couple exceptions.
- Ubisoft has heavily hinted that Assassin’s Creed is not getting a new game this year, and instead there will more “amazing” new DLC for Origins.
- Yves implied that he was still taking concept pitches for Splinter Cell maybe a year or so ago, so that doesn’t seem super likely.
- Beyond Good & Evil 2 doesn’t look like it’s on track to release this generation.
- Ghost Recon, South Park, and Far Cry just came out.
- Rainbow Six and For Honor are near endless service games that won’t be getting sequels for ages.
- This also seems to be true for Steep, at least thus far, but it’s hard to say. I would probably expect at least a three year gap though a la The Crew 2 and The Division 2, so it would be a bit early for a Steep sequel.
- There will be a third year for The Division, but it doesn’t necessarily sound like a huge amount of content is coming, especially compared to the amount of staff working on The Division.
- Watch Dogs 2 hasn’t been updated in a while.
- Ubisoft excepts to sell something like 23 million units total.
- The game Ubisoft delayed out of the fiscal year was expected to move 4-5 million units, which would be notably less than either Watch Dogs 2 or The Division shipped at launch.
- Ubisoft said Avatar isn’t expected to release until the second movie.
- Ubisoft generally doesn’t count things like Rabbids, Trials, Rayman, or Just Dance as AAA titles.
Here’s the slide in question, if you’d like to take a look for yourself:
Watch Dog 3 is currently not confirmed to be in development, but many expect the series to start filling the gap left by the Assassin’s Creed games foregoing their yearly release pattern. As Nirolak touches on, Ubisoft has heavily suggested the Assassin’s Creed franchise will take another year off. This leaves a window of opportunity for Watch Dogs 3, in the same way Watch Dogs 2 filled the publisher’s previous open-world action game window, prior to Origins.
Tom Clancy’s The Division 2 is similarly unconfirmed, but that hasn’t stopped developer Massive Entertainment from teasing it. In an interview with IGN earlier this year, managing director David Polfeldt stated that he “definitely [thinks] there’s lots of space for continuation which is beyond just keeping The Division online.” This doesn’t necessarily guarantee the series will continue, but the studio’s Avatar title isn’t slated to launch until the next film, which leaves a large hole in the developer’s release schedule. To that end, based on Nirolak’s adept analysis, it’s hard to say that there is another title that would more appropriately fit the final slot.
Keep in mind that the next fiscal year runs from April 1st, 2018 to March 31st, 2019, so we still may not be playing these hypothetical games this year. If they are indeed coming, however, we can likely expect to see at least one before the calendar year is out. Whatever the two unannounced titles are, fans should expect to learn about both during Ubisoft’s press conference at this year’s E3, tickets for which are now available.
Source: Reset Era