Ubisoft Announcements: Late games and online multiplayer
Ubisoft had a financial report…thing today, where they were talking about how they’re messing around with game release dates and sales quotas and targets and analysis and reports, all of which sounds a little dry and dull, but hidden in amongst the million billion things they announced all at once, there were some gems of relevance for gamers like you and I. Ok, four really important and/or relevant things, but c’mon. I’m a blogger. Hyperbole is my bread and butter. So, what happened? Exciting and interesting stuff, that’s what! Hit the jump to find out more!
1. They’re concentrating more on ‘hardcore’ games.
I have a question. If games like CoD and teh Haloes are hardcore, does that make Wii Resort Sports and Themed Minigame Collection #37 ‘softcore’? Just a thought. Anyway, Ubisoft have decided that they want out (or at least less in to the ‘casual’ gaming market, which, in this time of financial hardship, is flagging, because people prefer food to Wii Fit Plus. CEO Yves Guillemot said they will act “with a view to further reducing our exposure to the DS, we intend to continue to refocus our development resources on our major franchises and on the Xbox 360 and PS3, the two consoles which are expected to see sales growth in games for gamers in 2010,” Read: People have got bored with Imagine Babies. They’ve revised their sales targets downwards by around€180,000,000, resulting in an ‘operating loss’ of €50,000,000 , which is an awful lot. Part of the problem is that they’ve pushed quite a few games back from the last quarter of 2009 to 2010, which brings me onto..
2. They’re delaying some games.
To clarify, I mean fiscal 2009, which ends at the end of March, I think (boy, those financiers are weird). Anyway, Splinter Cell: Conviction, which was going to be released in February has now been pushed back to April (2010), and RUSE, the rather interesting-looking strategy game with elements of deception, has been pushed back to ‘Fiscal ’10-’11′ which could be anytime after April 1st 2010 until March 2011, so that could be quite some time coming.
3. Ass Creed Multiplayer.
Ok, there seems to be a bit of confusion around as to whether this is a whole new game or exactly what the hell it is, it’s coming Fiscal ’10-’11, and it will have competitive multiplayer. I’m not sure multiplayer is what the series needs but hey, if they put enough time into it… Perhaps not fighting, maybe racing? Over the rooftops? I really haven’t the foggiest. And finally
4. New Releases.
A new Raving Rabbids (number 4, if you’re interested) and a new Driver game! Holy crap! Who cares about the lame Rayman side project (incidentally, Rayman 2: The Great Escape – still one of the best games ever. When are we going to get an HD remake of that?) … sorry lost my train of thought. Oh yeah! Driver! Hot damn! The last time they made a Driver game it was that (pardon me) car crash of a game Driv3r. Let’s hope they get it right this time!
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