Ubisoft Posts Financials, Clarifies Game Release Estimates
Thanks to Ubisoft's fiscal earnings report ending December 2008, we now have a better idea of what to expect in the coming year.
First up, Far Cry 2 was a big seller for the publisher, as the top-notch FPS sold 2.9 million copies. And although Prince of Persia didn't quite hit the high expectations, the artistic and fluid action title managed to sell 2.2 million units (worldwide) in December. As for future projects, Ubisoft has clarified the estimated release dates for their upcoming slate of promising games, and that includes I Am Alive. Supposedly "confirmed" to be releasing this March, it confused a great many journalists and gamers, simply because we've heard and seen very little about what should be a major release. As it turns out, the game is on the calendar for the new fiscal year, which runs between April 2009 and March 2010. Other titles scheduled to launch in that time frame are Assassin's Creed 2, Splinter Cell: Conviction, a new Ghost Recon, and a couple new currently unannounced games. We assume that one of them is the previously teased Beyond Good & Evil 2.
At the very least, we're happy to see the official confirmation for AC2, and we're really hoping that Conviction isn't still a 360 exclusive. Many have assumed it was delayed in order to bring it to Sony's machine, and we'd like to think that assumption is correct. We'll certainly keep you posted.
1/22/2009 Ben Dutka