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In a conference call to investors today, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Ubisoft Yves Guillemot laid out several details about the company’s upcoming year. He confirmed that there would be no major Assassin’s Creed game coming out in 2016 (discounting mobile and the soon to be completed Chronicles trilogy). Assassin’s Creed Unity‘s buggy release changed Ubisoft’s thinking regarding the release schedule, and the poor sales of Syndicate despite the game’s favorable critical reception showed that more work needed to be done. The next Creed game will debut in Holiday 2017, and they would not commit to going back to yearly releases after that.

This Assassin’s Creed delay leaves a gap in the schedule for the rest of this year, and that gap will be filled by the officially confirmed Watch Dogs 2. It is officially confirmed that it will come out before March of next year, and an exact release date will be nailed down in May as the industry gears up for E3. Other titles looking to make an impact for Ubisoft later this year are South Park: The Fractured But Whole, For Honor, Ghost Recon: Wildlands, and a new game they described as a “new high-potential AAA brand with strong digital live services.”

Assassin's Creed Syndicate (27)

As for the current quarter, Ubisoft has the upcoming releases of Far Cry PrimalTrackmania Turbo and Tom Clancy’s The Division. Their hopes are high for The Division, as they’ve seen a record number of players in the closed beta as well as good pre-order numbers for the title (which count towards that quarter and not when they are placed). They suspect that The Division will overtake Watch Dogs as their most successful franchise launch when it comes out later this year.

It’s worth noting that the entire call and press release were free from specific sales numbers for games, and engagement for certain titles was pushed instead, specifically in the case of Rainbow Six Siege. It seems clear that Assassin’s Creed Syndicate did not live up to expectations saleswise, as this question was dodged several times throughout the call for specifics, although in their press release Ubisoft does admit that it sold beneath expectations.

There were plenty of other facts given during the call, including the announcement of an official eSports push for Rainbow Six Siege. They’ve seen a huge amount of support for Siege, as well as growing sales, suggesting that the game could have a long tail and a growing audience. Ubisoft also announced that they have a handful of VR titles in development, while also stating that they expect the audience for virtual reality will only become sizable a year from now.

Credit to ZhugeEX on Twitter for his help in documenting facts from the conference call.


Alex Santa Maria

Reviews Editor

TechRaptor's Reviews Editor. Resident fan of pinball, Needlers, roguelikes, and anything with neon lighting. Owns an office chair once used by Billy Mays.



  • Chris Anderson

    It’s good that they’re skipping this year’s Assassin’s Creed. Gives them some more breathing room. Also glad that Watch_Dogs is coming back since I want to know more about that world.

  • Zepherdog

    Not too keen on the whole Watchdogs 2 deal but at least it’s not being hyped into oblivion like the first game. Expectations are long dead and buried when it comes to Ubisoft anyway.

  • Galbador

    I disliked the first one and as I know Ubisoft, the second won’t be any better. If they want to make a good game, they should really work on making a finished game unlike the last games they did like Assassin’s Creed. If this trend goes on, they will only lose fans and money.

    EDIT: I pull back what I said for being a forgetful douche ^_^;

  • LimmyWinks

    I’m more concerned about Ubisoft fucking up the new South Park game than a new AssCreed or WatchDogs. I know those are gonna suck.

  • LimmyWinks

    It also doesn’t help that they are more concerned about filling diversity quotas and looking progressive than making a good story.

  • Bo Nana

    I hated Watch Dogs. I was unaware I could hate a game as much as I did Watch Dogs. As to AC, I no longer care. Unity destroyed it for me, despite Rogue actually being alright. I’m very glad Syndicate failed. Feels like revenge for the shit show that was Unity.

  • Chris Anderson

    Hey, weren’t you the dude who said we shouldn’t judge Sega since we can’t know the future? That doesn’t apply to other companies/IP?

  • SevTheBear

    Ubisoft needs to get their shit together. Watch Dogs was boring as hell and the AssCreed series is just being milked Guitar Hero style. But I will give them this… Rainbow Six ain’t bad.

  • SevTheBear

    If they don’t learn from that, then they are doomed

  • Aidey

    How could you not rip your ears off when playing Rogue with that bad Irish accent? I thought the pilot in Mercenaries 2 was bad until I played that.

  • Chris Anderson

    As someone who visits Ireland every year, this is definitely true. Shay’s accent was horrible. The story, however, was not.

  • Aidey

    As someone who is Irish I had to play the game with no ears. I did like it though (the game, not ripping my ears off) but the best one story wise is still Assassins Creed 2.

  • Bo Nana

    Rogue felt like a perfected Black Flag. I also liked Shay’s character arc. The accent was just one flaw in a really good game.

  • Galbador

    No, you’re right. In for a penny, in for a pound and for this I apologize. I never thought that I fell for this myself, but I guess I’m a human after all. Sorry for this but thank you for pointing me to this.