GRAW 2 revealed, Assassin's, BIA delayed

Ubisoft's first-quarter revenues do more than reveal finances; new Ghost Recon announced, Wii support to 14 games by March '07.

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Though company revenue announcements are often filled with fiscal-year projections, operating-income costs, and other financial mumbo jumbo, Ubisoft's first-semester report today gave news--both good and bad--that related to games.

Today's report wasn't just good for investors (Ubisoft was up 13 percent for the first half of its current fiscal year), it was also good for fans of the Ghost Recon series. The company announced Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter 2, which is scheduled for release in the company's fourth quarter (January-March 2007).

No details on the game, including its platforms or plot, have yet been released. The sequel's timing is a bit surprising, as the original wasn't released too long ago. Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter--which according to Ubisoft has sold more than 2.4 million copies across all platforms--was released in March 2006.

GRAW 2 isn't the only thing Ubi is prepping for gamers' springtime. Also coming by the end of March 2007 will be seven more Wii games from the publisher, including "one nonannounced new brand." With the seven previously announced Wii launch games from the company, Ubisoft expects to have 14 Wii titles in stores before April 2007.

Of course, with all this good news came a smidgen of bad tidings. With GRAW 2 sliding into Q1 2007, two games were pushed back. In a statement, the company said, "[The launch of GRAW 2] will take the place of Assassin's Creed and Brothers In Arms Hell's Highway, which will now strengthen fiscal year 2007-08," which runs from April 2007 through March 2008.

That info implies that the highly anticipated Assassin's Creed was planned for an early 2007 release, even though it was always tagged with a "TBA" release date. Hell's Highway was expected to be released in the first quarter of 2007. Both games are in development for the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and PC.

Discussion

266 comments
morechebba
morechebba

please does any body no what graw2 legacy edition is . play .com have it ready for pre orders

ctg867
ctg867

Sucks BIA was delayed. The first two were truely great games that we're actually able to bring something new to the WWII FPS sub genre. PSP version sucked though. Kinda sad, I was looking forward to that. Anyway, GRAW 2 is a big surprise, though since it just came out, it's looking to be pretty good. And not a huge surprise, to me anyway, that Assassins Creed got pushed back. I expect a holiday '07 release. Sound fair eh? Who really gives a damn about crappy third party Wii games though right? *Silence* Exactly my point/

canelasr
canelasr

Too bad. I'm drowning in despair to play Assassin's Creed. Oh well... I'll just keep an eye out for news!

codyw32
codyw32

wow GRAW is absolute garbage trash release BIA

Trakan
Trakan

NOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You have the same user picture as me and you can't spell! People might think we're the same person! NOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

lord-azrael
lord-azrael

NOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!How could they dela BIA it not fair,I want to kill nazi's in ragdoll.NOOOOOOOOOO

sansglitch
sansglitch

Guys, they're not saying it's going to take another year. For those of you who aren't out there in the corporate world, they're saying it will be released in their next [fiscal] year, which runs from this coming April through the following March. We probably actually are looking at closer to 6 months from now (just an estimate). From a business standpoint, they most likely wouldn't wait until the end of the next fiscal year to release bread and butter title like these. Their business forecasts would be all wonky and their investors would get nervous.

ramtin1001
ramtin1001

i dont believe this. one month, ok. six months, still ok, but not ONE YEAR.

bagelbuster02
bagelbuster02

this blows. i couldnt wait for BIA and Asassains Creed

corrion_
corrion_

dam that sucks i love bia and hells highway is going to be delayed for another year i couldnt care any less for GRAW 2 because i didnt really like the first one. i also lthought assasins creed was going to be pretty good and now we have to wait another freakin year? that really gay

Sword_brethren
Sword_brethren

OMFG..... wh ywould they delay those two AWESOME games.... GODDAMMIT..... i think they need to tighten up a bit.....

monkeyman120
monkeyman120

what is going on with ubisoft!i am a massive bia fan and i am dissapointed. graw 2 though i'm not really bothered about.Although i liked the first one i'm not really excited about the second.Ubisoft should clean up there act!WE DO NOT WANT TO WAIT A YEAR FOR BIA IT WILL BE LONG FORGOTTON BY NEXT YEAR!.WE WANT THESE TITLES NOW!.

fiftyelisiocent
fiftyelisiocent

STOPHELTJE: "What company-tactics run behind the decision to delay 2 good games and bring on forward GRAW2 on an early stage (taken in consideration the company is making profits..)?" well, since the original GRAW was a sucsess and is said by many to be the first «true» next-gen game to come out on the 360, i think UBISOFT is deffinetly thinking in terms of profitability, when it chooses to delay two new good games in favor of a «follow-up». Because of GRAW reputation, they think that GRAW2 has every chance to perform well (in sailes), and they can achieve this at a low developpement cost (since the first game was great, one of the best games on the 360, they surely wont be starting this one from scratch.......). Plus, we must not forget what happened with GRAW during its develepoment stage....... few months befor its release, the game didn't look prepared, and featured bad critics....... however, in a short period of time, the game was released and showed its credits! So, maybe we shouldn't interpret GRAW2 fast release as a bad thing...(judging from the past experience). Now, when speaking in terms of the game value....... i m quite sure that GRAW2 wont be as great as GRAW was....... (its first weakness is its lack of originality!!) unless it compensates by fixing the aspects where GRAW didn't work that well ( i personaly think this will be a little unlikely, since GRAW didn't show many weaknesses!). By this i mean that gamers would probably be better served if 2, i mean ...1 original game was released instead of a «follow-up»............. but UBISOFT is determined to make the most out of its GRAW investment !!! Unfortunately, developers primery gaol ain't to deliver us outstanding games........ but to make profits!! ............... MONEY TALKS........ lol

beckoflight
beckoflight

Assassins Creed will change the way you feel when u play !!! go UBI monreal GO GO GO !

master_chr1s
master_chr1s

Nobody want to wait a fricken year for Hells highway to come out....Work harder.....

drim_vells
drim_vells

Citystate maybe you should look into things before you call them gay I'm am a big BIA fan but Assassin's Creed is going to blow it out of the water.

stopheltje
stopheltje

Hmm strange, profit went up 13% (apr-sep 2006) but they still have to delay the outcome for 2 big games. I think it's time to invest Ubisoft! In menpower that is! So delays will not be the future policy. Not only gives it the company a bad name, it will also drop turn-over! (also on longer terms!) Strange thing is though that Ubisoft prefers a secondary release (maybe an addon as statted before) of GRAW (which was released 9th march 2006). Now what tactics could be behind this? I surely think they have taken this problem in consideration, but I think this decision is made on short-terms instead of long-term (cause they sure as hell ain't making fans happy about it (see all the comments listed below.. and in future above ^^)) Could be interesting to discuss this. So feel free to answer the next question: "What company-tactics run behind the decision to delay 2 good games and bring on forward GRAW2 on an early stage (taken in consideration the company is making profits..)?"

citystate
citystate

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Lonelynight
Lonelynight

I hope GRAW 2 will be on PC and BIA HH is going to rock

DirtyRotten
DirtyRotten

GRAW 2 so soon? that must mean it'll probably be more like an expansion than a totally new game. Sucks about Assassin's Creed but more time means more polish. Not a fan of the first BIA so could care less about the sequel.

JAK4ever
JAK4ever

WHAAAT???? GRAW's launched date is replacing Assassin's Creed?? Hell no!! Why? I was so looking forward to the game. Why delay it for the sake of another game? No fair...

jack_hunter
jack_hunter

NOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!! GRAW sucks! BIA sucks!!! assassins creed is going to be the best!! i cant believe they pushed it back!!!! i hate ubi soft!!! double agents multi player was BARELY worth it! they should really put more work into their games...

930ff
930ff

Yay for GRAW 2, Boo for Hell's Highway delay.

regiman
regiman

darn...... i was looking forward to getting AC in march or april....... =(

_Sam_
_Sam_

I can't wait to play these!

Anarki983
Anarki983

"Is AC gonna be for Mature?" Yeah, probably.

vmfstorm1
vmfstorm1

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lord-azrael
lord-azrael

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO BIA 10 times better than GRAW

bolognat13
bolognat13

Nooo PC gamers are already going to have to wait a lifetime, why push it back even more?

yohanjr
yohanjr

Is AC gonna be for Mature

popwwps2
popwwps2

This is a very good game for sure

skipyou
skipyou

Maybe GRAW will be one of the wii games?!?!?!?!?!?!

crazy_joe_5
crazy_joe_5

I just can't believe BIA III won't be release soon. Brothers in Arms 3 and Assassin's Creed was the game I liked the most during the E3 of 2006. Now, I'm sure as hell there will be another E3 before these games come out.

kinsey12
kinsey12

I'm just depressed. I was really looking forward to Assassin's Creed in March. :(

tartar23
tartar23

I loved the GRAW , I'm happy that they made a sequel & It's coming to us quick - only hope is that it has a very good multi ( all that good graphics is a waste on campaign as the multi was disappointing ) , but I'm also saddened by the push back of assasins creed - it was looking very good indeed.

Spartan6692
Spartan6692

Stupid Ubsoft I wnat hell's Highway now!

mikep09
mikep09

YAY TO RECYCLING GRAPHICS IN GRAW2... damn idiots! I bet it'll look exactly like the first one. How about taking the time and really working on the sequel. But, OH WAIT, they NEED to release it asap because of that only thing that matters.. how do you call it. oh yes. MONEY!

japon1
japon1

I still can't believe they are pushing back ASSASSIN'S CREED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Zevy
Zevy

This is great news!

socomgamer324
socomgamer324

nooooo. BIA was first announced to be out this fall. I already got pissed when it was pushed to march, and now im even more pissed! I guess I should just start expecting all UBI games to be delayed, sometimes more than once. I could care less about GRAW 2. I would think most people would e happy bout GRAW 2, but I am not. Way to soon for it to come out...

mikekare79
mikekare79

Early sequal? No such thing, Madden comes out yearly too.

einsp
einsp

i never heard anyone complain about a sequal coming out to early.

xboxrulze
xboxrulze

Waaaay too early to be releasing a second GRAW. Especially since it's replacing such anticipated games; Assassins Creed especially. Bad choice Ubisoft.

anamnawshad
anamnawshad

Sucks for the delay.... Isn't it too early for a new G.R.A.W. ?

rhys211
rhys211

caybeirwouleyfe I bet GRAW 2 is on Wii only, cause xbox 360, PC and PS3 owners are getting rainbow six. a little like what they did with Assasincs Creed and Prince Of Persia. Ubi notices tht old franchices will fell the same on the PS3 and xbbox 360 so theire making new franchises on them BIA 3 and Rainbow are only to end the franchise or theire goeing to be very differnt from the old ones (in my opinion). As for Wii the games will be completly different on it so they don't have to worry about the gameplay feeling repetetive. ~::: By the way a freind of mine talked to somebody that works in ubisoft in canada, and the ubi worker (hm, nice name) said that the Wii will never be succesful, in us. can. and maybe not even eur.!!!!!!!!!!!! Makes you wonder deosen't it ? why all the support for somethig they don't beleive in ? -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- a friend of yours spoke to someone at ubisoft....... very reliable source of information that.i have a theory to that, maybe you friend was speaking out of his arse!

caybeirwouleyfe
caybeirwouleyfe

I bet GRAW 2 is on Wii only, cause xbox 360, PC and PS3 owners are getting rainbow six. a little like what they did with Assasincs Creed and Prince Of Persia. Ubi notices tht old franchices will fell the same on the PS3 and xbbox 360 so theire making new franchises on them BIA 3 and Rainbow are only to end the franchise or theire goeing to be very differnt from the old ones (in my opinion). As for Wii the games will be completly different on it so they don't have to worry about the gameplay feeling repetetive. ~::: By the way a freind of mine talked to somebody that works in ubisoft in canada, and the ubi worker (hm, nice name) said that the Wii will never be succesful, in us. can. and maybe not even eur.!!!!!!!!!!!! Makes you wonder deosen't it ? why all the support for somethig they don't beleive in ?