Ubisoft announces Watch Dogs 2, confirms no Assassin’s Creed game in 2016
The publisher also detailed its recent earnings and teased another AAA title coming soon
According to Ubisoft, via a third quarter earnings call this week, the publisher is skipping its yearly Assassin’s Creed entry to focus on further familiarizing the team with new technologies and to help the Assassin’s Creed movie by not taking away from its release with a new game hitting the market.
“Since the release of Assassin’s Creed Unity, we’ve learned a lot based on your feedback,” said the publisher. “We’ve also updated our development processes and recommitted to making Assassin’s Creed a premier open-world franchise. We’re taking this year to evolve the game mechanics and to make sure we’re delivering on the promise of Assassin’s Creed offering unique and memorable gameplay experiences that make history everyone’s playground.”
In the meantime, the Assassin’s Creed movie will hit theaters in December and the new Assassin’s Creed Chronicles collection just landed on store shelves, featuring all 3 side-scrolling AC adventures for $29.99.
After a poor launch with Assassin’s Creed Unity, Assassin’s Creed Syndicate didn’t do so well. This was partly because of a lack of trust in the quality of the product following the botched launch of the previous game, according to Ubisoft, and as a result, the company’s earnings were down for the year. It was mentioned that the series may become bi-annual going forward, but that hasn’t been officially decided as of yet.
With sales down, Ubisoft hopes that some other big franchises will help bring the publisher’s profits back into the positive. During the call, the French game company stated it would focus on several big game releases in fiscal year 16/17, which comes to a close at the end of March 2017.
Games included in that list are a new Watch Dogs sequel as well as the previously-announced South Park: The Fractured But Whole, For Honor and Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Wildlands.
A “a new high-potential AAA [game] with strong digital live services,” was also teased during the earnings call.
Though Watch Dogs 2 was known to be in development, this is the first time Ubisoft has officially announced that the game is definitely coming.
Ubisoft also listed its top-performing platforms in terms of sales, and you can take a look at the chart below.
So, what do you think about all of this exciting news coming from Ubisoft? Let us know in the comments.