Ubisoft financials tease Assassin's Creed 2

In announcing first-half profits, French publisher plays coy with release window for next installment in acrobatic stealth action series.

Ubisoft today reported profits for the first half of its fiscal year (the six months ended September 30), and acknowledged development on a key part of its profit plan in future quarters, the much-anticipated follow-up to Assassin's Creed.

While economic woes seem to be keeping other publishers down, Ubisoft has yet to feel the slowdown's effects. Following up on its second-quarter financial report, the publisher today cast a bit more light on its bottom line for the first half, posting operating income of €24.7 million ($31.9 million), nearly double that of the €12.5 million ($16.1 million) it raked in for the same stretch of the previous year.

While those numbers don't account for the last two months of volatility in the economy, Ubisoft executives were optimistic about their holiday sales outlook. In a question-and-answer session with analysts at the end of a conference call, Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot and CFO Alain Martinez said that retailers are being cautious with their day-one orders, but it hasn't been a big issue as they're also quick to reorder when stock runs low. On top of that, they said all indications are that Ubisoft is on track to achieve its guidance for the year.

As for future years, one analyst asked if the second installment of Assassin's Creed would be released in Ubisoft's fiscal 2010. (The original was released to commercial success and mixed critical reception in 2007.) Guillemot flatly refused to give even a hint about the project, but did confirm it was in development.

"We're not answering that question," Guillemot said. "What we just can say is that we are working hard on the product."

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lorddrew45
lorddrew45

i cant wait for assasins creed2 to come out wondere wat te signs at ned ment

Shabab_123
Shabab_123

The first one was a brilliant game but I hope the mystery will be revealed in the2nd game the game preview suggests that it will be another HIT GAME!!!!

blacktails
blacktails

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bijeebus
bijeebus

ya its too strange of an ending to make us wait so long for the sequal

bluenosepunk
bluenosepunk

Ever since I finished the first one I've been waiting for an explanation to that weird ending.

430scud
430scud

cant wait 1st one was amazin heard this ones even better anyone no the release date 4 ps3

Toriks
Toriks

On PC will release November 17 2009. i watched the interview and press conference on E3. it will be better game

DetN8
DetN8

Just hope they add a bit more variety to the missions and a more open ended feel with less repetition.

julle23
julle23

lol 2010 the annoying thing is that they ll probably delay it till Q1 2011

1b2b3b
1b2b3b

god of war 3 is the best game

Major-Dredd
Major-Dredd

sounds good, hope it's as good as the first.

Superdenni
Superdenni

I just can't waiting for assasins creed 2 i'm so exited

shaharyars
shaharyars

This is awesome i love to see yet another part coming

Halo18345
Halo18345

I hope is keeps going where we left it and does not jump in something that does not link at all with the previous, and I want an option to give a coin to those people so they can let go and dont destroy my mission , but you have to accept it , its the most beautiful action adventure reality simulation game ever made

joejoli2326
joejoli2326

i just hope its not so repetitive as the first one

SPARTANKINGIV
SPARTANKINGIV

must by its going to be better than the first one ........ you can swim now thats awsome

sasafras69
sasafras69

i think the first one was awsome. the story was good and it left off making assassins creed 2 a MUST BUY! I'm sure theres going to be new wepons "got a hold of some pics and there seems to be a spear" and im sure there will be different mods. at least for me AC2 is a must buy.

Evisceration
Evisceration

Also, you have to be able to die, cause the whole not dying thing and the life regeneration made the game too easy. Oh and the waaaay too easy to execute counterattack, get rid of it... NAO!

Evisceration
Evisceration

The first one was kind of disappointing, I don't know why they decided to make a new one, but if they do they should make it more challenging and put a lot more material, not to mention less boring, part one felt like a bunch of chores :(. I have hope that they can make a good comeback however.

SplinterCel201
SplinterCel201

i hope its set somewhere in Japan u no all the martial arts and Samurai swords but like u can do missions in the real time like using guns to fight the templars and goin bak in an illegal version of the animus to find another peice of eden

sk8oridie44
sk8oridie44

Since they won't even give a hint, I think they haven't even started it yet. I could be wrong of course. By the way, reading IGN Review on Assassin's creed was really disappointing. They gave it a 7.5. Just sad. :(

killerjay13
killerjay13

cant wait I love assasins creed and I hope the second one will live up to the first.............But it just had to be friggen 2010

slipper_1
slipper_1

saka55-"hmmm. hope it is better than the first one because i found that one very disappointing." Yo, dude are you on crack or something? That was a pretty tight ass game. It'll probably be one of those with a great squel. I'm a get it.

nicholiblair3
nicholiblair3

really one of the only games i'll buy on release date i love assassins creed

rybread13
rybread13

they need to mix up the missions...maybe some assassinations, stealth ops, kidnaping, etc. i would like to see some variety with the wepons, and even some customization of the wepons like atachments.

PS3man2893
PS3man2893

I liked assasins creed a lot. But the downfall was that it was repetitve. Also after i beat the game i really had no more motivation to play it. I beat the game in 2 days(i had a sleepover and played all night and beat it) so i felt like i beat it too quick because i never played it after.

SiMsquid92
SiMsquid92

I have to say, Assassins Creed had the best swordplay for me to date. If they can expand on that without over complicating it, then i'm in. But my biggest concern are the tasks you had to perform before each kill, that should be changed so you have heaps of different things to do. Don't get me wrong though, I still play the game, and I love it.

usman1998
usman1998

ow ye ive read the thing know so ye 2010 rolf

usman1998
usman1998

looks awsome but ive got a wii and ive got a ds but the quality is absaloutly crap (and im only 10 rolf so ye idont think my mum woukld havew agreed on a ps3 or a xb360)cus dey both realy 4 older children i geuss 4 me 2010 is not that bad cus at leats i will mostprobably be 12 by den =) i hope it comes 2 the wii dow or somting with good quality 4 nintendo i hvae 2 admit i have never played it and it looks realyyyyyyyyyy good my cus got it so next time i go englend ill defanently try it =)

GrEeNXXDrAgOn
GrEeNXXDrAgOn

Ubisoft is awesome and AC was excellent but i think that instead of working on a AC2 they should finish up with the producers of tom clancy with HAWX and SC:Conviction like that game has been delayed nearly a year and a half and then continue with AC2 but Ubisoft are legends i agree

lun2ticu
lun2ticu

yes assassin's creed 1 is and was an amazing game ... hope that in 2 it will be more action for AltaiR

marcopolo4212
marcopolo4212

what are you talking about LYTEK????? Assassin's Creed was simply amazing, i'm still playing to this day (actually it's paused right now)

LYTEK
LYTEK

2010? Wow, long developing time. At least that means it should outscore the original. Hopefully.

nix_79
nix_79

we will enjoy in existing part 'till 2010

saka55
saka55

hmmm. hope it is better then the first one because i found that very disappointing

mr0806
mr0806

freakin awesome game loved playing every second of it, and now theres gonna be a second one they can fix the problems that the first game had it will be another great game from Ubisoft...

black-master
black-master

Assassins creed is the best sword game I have played to date I still play the game can't wait for the sequel

Fareru
Fareru

Good ol' Ubisoft... I'm really looking forward to this one!

xdeiri
xdeiri

and what business creed has to do with the french revolution ?

thenephariouson
thenephariouson

Bring It On!!! Cant wait, as Ubi are my second fav Dev (after VALVe), i have no doubt that it will be yet another brilliant production.

angkawsw
angkawsw

a bit repetitive but very2 interesting