A few days ago, Ubisoft released its third quarter fiscal year sales and what the company expects from both the fourth quarter and the year of 2014. Looking over the data, the team at PS4 Experts came to one conclusion: Ubisoft is primed to be one of the PlayStation 4's biggest and best publishers. While 2013's sales may have been down compared to 2012, Ubisoft is setting up its position as one of the PS4's best assets.
Ubisoft is already off to a strong start with the well-received Assassin's Creed IV, which sold over 10 million copies across all consoles. We know Assassin's Creed IV was one of the biggest and best games at the PS4 launch, as evidenced by our review and the love our fans have for the game on Facebook.
In a surprising twist, one of Ubisoft's other breakout successes was Just Dance 2014, selling 6 million units across all consoles. The Just Dance series, while not necessarily a game our audience has expressed a great interest in, helps diversify the PlayStation 4's lineup which leads to increased sales of the system and an increased Ubisoft presence. Even if Just Dance is not the game for you, it's a game the PlayStation 4 needs.
Ubisoft chief executive officer, Yves Guillemot, praised not only the PlayStation 4 and the company's games for the system, but the fans as well:
"The launches of the PS4 and Xbox One were both hugely successful, with sales of these machines more than doubling those for the previous generation and confirming the growth potential of the console market in the coming years. Over the short term, the high quality of our titles – which is unanimously recognized by gamers – has enabled us to achieve our third-quarter sales target despite the transition period currently affecting the market. Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag performed particularly well, reinforcing the franchise’s long-term potential and therefore its upcoming iteration. This robust showing was achieved thanks to the excellence of our teams, our extensive development capacities and the efficiency of our Lead and Associate studio structure."
Every one knows that 2014 brings us Watch Dogs, which is set to be this generation's first major breakout hit, but what else does Ubisoft have in store that makes them a publisher to watch out for?
Rayman Legends, releasing February 18th, may be a port of a last generation game but it's one that a lot of gamers missed. After the failure of Knack to light the platforming world on fire, Rayman Legends is primed to perfectly fill a platforming hole. As Ubisoft themselves mention, Rayman Legends has a Metacritic score of 90 - 92, depending on the platform, making it one of the few unanimous masterpieces of the last generation. If you missed this game before, buy it when it releases.
What else does Ubisoft have in store for us? The earnings report tells us everything we need to know:
"Fiscal 2014-15 will see an exceptional games line-up, with the release of five major titles including Just Dance, The Crew and Watch Dogs, which is scheduled for release in the first fiscal quarter. Our line-up is also expected to reap the benefits of the return to growth in the console market and the increasingly significant impact of digital gaming."
Let's not forget the rumor that Ubisoft is releasing not one, but two Assassin's Creed titles this year, with one potentially being exclusive to the PlayStation 4. 2014 may also see the release of The Division, another game that has PlayStation 4 fans drooling with anticipation.
Ubisoft has yet to even dive into its back catalog, so franchises like Splinter Cell, Prince of Persia, Driver and Far Cry may be right around the corner. From where we sit, Ubisoft is definitely shaping up to be one of, if not the biggest, publisher on the PlayStation 4 next to Sony itself.
What do you think, PS4 Experts readers? Is Ubisoft a boon to the PlayStation 4, or do you not feel as strongly about their games? Let us know in the comments!