Ubisoft: New Console Cycle To Offer An "Unrivaled Experience"
Well, we hope so. Otherwise, what the heck are we shelling out all that money for?
Speaking during the publisher's newest earnings report, Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot said gamers should be excited for the new generation of hardware. Essentially, we can expect a "major leap in quality:"
"A new console cycle is beginning and it will offer players an unrivalled experience. They will see a major leap in quality with an extraordinary level of immersion as well as the incorporation of all of the innovations developed in recent years in online and social games, giving players the opportunity to create their own experiences and share them within their communities."
We've heard similar encouraging statements from Ubisoft before, which leads one to believe they've already spent extensive time with the upcoming systems. We do know that Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag will be a cross-generation title, in that it'll launch for current consoles as well as the PS4 and Xbox 720. Speaking of Assassin's Creed, the company said last year's ACIII shipped 12.5 million units, although they don't expect this year's effort to top that number. In addition, the extremely well-received Far Cry 3 shipped 6 million units.
All told, Ubisoft posted a full-year haul of about $1.6 billion, which marks a significant 18.4% rise from last year. Online and digital sales were a particular highlight, as they leaped 86% to $190 million.
5/15/2013 9:32:23 PM John Shepard