Ubisoft expects 8 percent Q3 sales spike to $827M

French publisher anticipates better-than-expected sales during third quarter; full-year guidance upped to between $1.33B and $1.37B.

The holiday season proved prosperous for French publisher Ubisoft. The company recently reported estimated sales for the third quarter of its fiscal 2011, projecting an 8 percent uptick in year-over-year sales to around €650, or about $827 million, for the three months ended December 31.

Assassin's Creed helped Ubisoft post a healthy Q3.

This figure exceeds the previously targeted range of €580 million ($737 million) to €620 million ($788 million) for the holiday period. Additionally, based on the better-than-expected period performance, Ubisoft said it has revised its full-year sales targets. The company said it is now expecting to haul between €1.05B ($1.33B) and €1.08B ($1.37B) by the end of its fiscal year 2011.

Talking about the third quarter sales, Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot said the results reflected the company's strength amidst competition.

"Against an extremely competitive backdrop, we were able to reach an ever-wider audience thanks to the quality of our games and our capacity to create brands for both hardcore and casual players," he said. "Assassin's Creed: Revelations posted a solid performance, in line with our forecasts, and Just Dance generated outstanding sales."

Announced alongside Ubisoft's projected third quarter sales figures was news that Ghost Recon: Future Soldier has been delayed to May. The squad-based shooter is now due in North America on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 on May 22, with a European release scheduled for May 24. A PC version of Future Solider will follow at a later date.

Ubisoft will publish its final sales figures for the third quarter on February 15.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and is a big UCONN athletics fan.

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6 comments
bloody-hell
bloody-hell

Hey, UbiSoft, imagine for a second just how many more customers you could win by dropping all your uPlay and DRM crap - i prognose it will blow your mind. I would gladly buy all of the assassins creed series, some splinter cells for the casual sneaky action, the new settlers and anno games and probably more of your titles I can't remember off the top of my head right now - All you have to do is : - when I buy your game it should be mine, i shall be able to install it as often I require (I'm not renting it for 60 €, I'm buying it) - I want to play the singleplayer without having to be connected to your Servers that are mostly offline or having other troubles - I do not want to play disk jockey, so get rid of CD / DVD disk checks - I want to just install, enter serial number and play - make uPlay completely and entirely optional - get rid of the UbiSoft launcher That's about 250 € you'd get from me alone, now do the math how much you could earn if only you'd stop pissing off your customers that like your games but don't buy them because of how you treat your legal customers. (all the DRM, forced online, launcher troubles, etc.) And no, I didn't pirate any of them either, I just stopped caring, there's a whole lot of other games out there to play.

Rocker6
Rocker6

@Gelugon_baat By the way all this crap is going,soon we will need to be always on-line to play SP,but offline to play MP :P

mtait01
mtait01

@Tsuchikage Yeah Rayman should have been mentioned as it was easily one of the best games released in 2011!! I did my part and grabbed a copy - totally worth it!

Tsuchikage
Tsuchikage

Notice how Mr. Guillemot didn't mention Rayman Origins as a successful product. I'd like to know how the game's doing on the marketplace, but I'm also really worried about it at the same time.

attentaeter85
attentaeter85

So ACR did "Solid" sales and while Just Dance did "Outstanding". I think AC might be showing signs of trouble. Stop with the yearly games and I'll start caring about AC again.

Rocker6
Rocker6

Want even better sales? Treat the PC community with some respect,get permanently rid of intrusive always on-line DRMs that are ineffective against piracy and only punish loyal consumers,and DON'T call PC gamers pirates that b*tch all the time,then ppl will actually gladly buy your products,some offer nice quality,like AC series... Sure,there is more piracy on PC than on console,but devs who treat PC community right get profit from PC sales,despite piracy...