Ubisoft has released its full year earnings report for 2017-2018 as well as player engagement numbers for several of the company’s most popular series.
Total sales exceeded expectations and hit €1,731.9 million (€1.73 billion), up 18.6% year over year. Much of this success was due to strong performances from Ubisoft’s flagship franchises.
Assassin’s Creed Origins had a record performance for the series in the fourth quarter of Ubisoft’s fiscal year, and Far Cry 5 became the publisher’s second-biggest release ever, snagging $310 million in sales over the first week. Ubisoft’s Tom Clancy series saw impressive engagement numbers with Rainbow Six Siege hitting 30 million players, The Division reaching 20 million, and Ghost Recon passing 10 million.
Looking ahead, Ubisoft plans to release three AAA games between now and March 2019, these being The Crew 2, The Division 2, and an unannounced franchise title. The release of Skull & Bones has been pushed into 2019-2020.
Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot also revealed that the company would be investing in its online services platform more. “Over the longer term, new forms of gaming, enabled notably by streaming, will allow our brands to reach a much wider audience.” he said. “Consequently, we are investing in our online services platform – which boasted 88 million unique active players – as well as in artificial intelligence in order to better tailor the game experience to each player’s profile and therefore offer them ever-richer experiences.”
With the Guillemot family once again in control of Ubisoft after Vivendi ceased its hostile takeover and sold its shares two months ago, the future looks bright.
Via: Ubisoft Earnings