More interesting nuggets of information are coming out of Ubisoft’s recent earnings call. Yesterday, Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot referenced PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds as a multiplayer game he’d like to use as a model for future releases. Now, it seems like Ubisoft is paying close attention to another exceedingly popular title.
Ubisoft CFO Alain Martinez recently stated during the earnings call that the delay of Rockstar Games’ highly anticipated Red Dead Redemption 2 can only be a good thing for Ubisoft’s 2017 fiscal year earnings.
“Clearly the fact that there is no Red Dead Redemption is a positive for our fiscal year 2018,” Martinez said. “The absence of that game is of course giving us a better window for the launch of some of our games.”
Red Dead Redemption 2 was initially scheduled for a fall 2017 release before it was delayed until sometime during Rockstar’s 2019 fiscal year. A fall 2017 release would have made Red Dead direct competition for one of Ubisoft’s most-hyped games, Assassin’s Creed Origins, not to mention South Park: The Fractured But Whole, given that both are releasing in October 2017. Far Cry 5, one of Ubisoft’s biggest upcoming releases for 2018, is coming out in February, several months before Red Dead Redemption 2‘s earliest projected release and still within the FY 2018 window.
Ubisoft continues to look strong in earnings, with Ghost Recon Wildlands and Rainbow Six Siege continuing to kill it in sales, in addition to the long list of big-name releases still to come this year. Despite that and its strong E3 2017 showing, it’s obvious that Rockstar’s imminent release of what will assuredly be one of the year’s best selling games is weighing heavily in Ubisoft’s decision-making.