Ubisoft planning to release games more frequently

Assassin's Creed and Far Cry publisher says its network of 26 studios and over 7,000 developers will allow company to ship major franchises more regularly.

Ubisoft is aiming to capitalize on its "major production capacity" and release major franchises more frequently. In prepared remarks as part of the company's latest earnings report, CEO Yves Guillemot said the firm will be able to achieve this thanks to its network of 26 studios and over 7,000 developers across the world.

"We believe that our major production capacity, strong of a network of 26 international studios and over 7,000 developers, now optimized with our lead and associate organization, will allow us to come with an enhanced pipeline of increasingly high quality franchises and new IPs," Guillemot said.

"We will be able to release our franchises more and more regularly, providing solid visibility on our future revenue and profitability streams," he added. "All that, combined with the online expertise and know-how that we have been growing steadily internally make us believe that we will benefit disproportionately from the arrival of the new generation and from the continued growth of the online market."

One of Ubisoft's biggest franchises is Assassin's Creed, which has seen a new entry hit store shelves every year since 2009. Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag launches this October and its follow-up is already in production.

According to Ubisoft Montreal boss Yannis Mallat, gamers want a new Assassin's Creed game every year.

Ubisoft's Just Dance franchise has been annualized since its inception in 2009. Just Dance 4 was the most recent entry in the series, launching last fall. It has shipped over 8.5 million units to date.

Some of Ubisoft's other major franchises, like Far Cry, Prince of Persia, Splinter Cell, and Rainbow Six, have in the past gone years without new installments.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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214 comments
foxrock66
foxrock66

How about NO.

Spend more time and energy making the games worth playing. I'll gladly wait 2 or 3 years between AC installments if it means some innovation

Double_Wide
Double_Wide

Just what we all wanted: two Assassin's Creeds a year  O_O

Halloll
Halloll

new  Watchdog game every month

DamnILoveGames
DamnILoveGames

Poor Ubisoft, thinking this is a good idea. If you're churning out games left right and centre that are of poor quality you're just digging your own grave. An AC game a year is pushing it, hell, that's just like COD and I despise the marketing tactics for that. So many people choose quantity over quality. It's so sad.

The_Gaming_Baby
The_Gaming_Baby

Assassin's Creed game every 6 months? Oh wouldn't that be splendid

csward
csward

Ubisoft, welcome to the yearly installment club with EA and Activision. I hardly ever buy Ubisoft games and when I do, I generally don't care for them. I'm sure it will make them more profitable though.

Avalanched
Avalanched

Great! This way, we'll have an Assassin's Creed every 6 months!

YukoAsho
YukoAsho

At this rate, Assassin's Creed will burn out before Call of Duty does!

XboxGuy1537
XboxGuy1537

Far Cry 3 and Rabbids (to play with family) are the only games that I ever get from Ubisoft. Assassin's Creed was fun for me with II but I haven't really bothered with that series since then. Not that they are bad games, I just don't like the yearly release.

WantYouBad
WantYouBad

Ubisoft has been going downhill for some time now, this is no surprise. Welcome EA's new buddy.

MrStygian
MrStygian

I'm taking this as a bit of a bad thing. The first Assassin's Creed was amazing, the second one was good, and the third one was sub-par compared to it's predecessors and they released news about another one already.

Skybar
Skybar

Quality>quantity.

Hurvl
Hurvl

Oh, great! More AAA games annually, like Assassins's Creed. That'll work out well./sarcasm

TigusVidiks
TigusVidiks

Even more frequently? Then AC will have to release a new game every 6 months.

high344
high344

definitely not good news -.-

Dannystaples14
Dannystaples14

Anyone wanna start a pool for the date when Ubisoft is going to tank?

Kyrylo
Kyrylo

oh, yay. Another 6 AC games are on the way. 

jark888
jark888

Who's gonna play them all then?

farcorners
farcorners

Making the same game with incremental improvements, year on year, is just how EA messed themselves up.

tchanah
tchanah

As long as the quality is maintained, just as Assassin's Creed did, am cool with the idea.

Well I love to play a new Assassin's Creed game even everyday! :D

ElFlechero
ElFlechero

Everybody seems to be ignoring the part of the quote where he said more new IPs. 

wyan_
wyan_

There's been too many Assassin's Creed games already, and considering it has the word ass in it twice, that's a lot of asses with even more ass to come.

jsmoke03
jsmoke03

ubisoft is going the milkage route. i like the 3 year cycle of game franchises....i don't need a yearly release

DarkReign2552
DarkReign2552

Has Ubisoft not visited the internet at all in the last 8 years? What's the ONE thing people bitch about more than anything else? Annual sequels. It fucked up Guitar Hero. It fucked up Call of Duty. It fucked up Tony Hawk. Now it's fucking up Assassin's Creed and it's going to fuck up everything else Ubisoft has to offer as well. Not that they really have any franchises left anyway. 

Splinter Cell is making a hopeful recovery after Conviction 

Far Cry 3 was decent, but walked a thin line into being pretty awful. 

Rainbow Six hasn't been good since RS3 and the Black Arrow expansion and 

Ghost Recon hasn't been good since the original and it's Island Thunder expansion.

Prince of Persia had a pretty good spin-off in 2007, but the last PoP sucked and they've openly decided to not make any more for a while.

 Rayman is recovering after the crappy Rabbid series,
 but they're making some awful decisions with the next title being delayed for selfish reason.

They're completely screwing themselves by ignoring the sequel to Beyond Good & Evil.

SavoyPrime
SavoyPrime

I would rather see new IPs more frequently from Ubisoft. But alas, one can dream. 

Hey_Jay
Hey_Jay

Lets all grab some popcorn, have a seat on the couch, and watch Ubisoft's quality nosedive right into bedrock. The opening act was brutal, but now the ish is really gonna hit the fan.

Daemoroth
Daemoroth

Because obviously people buy games as quickly as you can release them, right?

Sounds like we'll be seeing Assassin's Creed 2014 1, 2 and 3, and just in time to enjoy Assassin's Creed 2015 1, 2 and 3 (With extra DLC for all).

Yeah, can't wait... /sarcasm

Though, in all honesty, Ubi has been one of the publishers who seems to have a head attached SOMEWHERE, so I'll hold thumbs that things aren't as bad as we seem to think they are.

jhunter28
jhunter28

Did you enjoy last month's AC game? THen you'll love this month's AC game.

Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

Yearly releases weren't fast enough?  Go fuck yourself, Ubisoft.

megaanto
megaanto

as a fan of the first couple of games, i cant stomach ac anymore. revelations was boring and felt like an expansion for ac2. by ac3 i wasnt even bothered borrowing it off my brother. i think im done with the series especially if used games are gonna be blocked next gen. i wouldnt be willing to fork out full price for a repetitive ac game with no replay value. 

DiamondDM13
DiamondDM13

Oh man... What's next? AC every 6 months? maybe even 3 months?

cdog21
cdog21

I really don't understand the hate that yearly released games get. 

It's not like Team 1, that created Game A, is going to immediately go out and start working on Game B. Game B was already being worked on by Team 2.

thenephariouson
thenephariouson

Oi Ubisoft, give the damn AC series a break!

I want my shiny new R6: Patriots please!

csward
csward

@MrStygian I've only played the newest AC and I quickly got bored with the boring open world and damn near retarded enemy AI.

PS2fweak
PS2fweak

@ElFlechero People aren't ignoring it. It's just obvious that this...

"We will be able to release our franchises more and more regularly"

...sums up his entire statement. This is the same publisher that releases AC every year.

YukoAsho
YukoAsho

@jsmoke03 Agreed.  This is why Grand Theft Auto has remained a top-billing franchise for more than a decade and a half.  You can't do milking ideas dry faster than you come up with new ones.

csward
csward

@DarkReign2552 I didn't care for the level design in Rayman Revolution (the only one I've played). It felt like an easier/generic/mundane Donkey Kong or Mario.

csward
csward

@Daemoroth The new one has pirates though!!!1! It's sure to rival CoD in sales!

csward
csward

@cdog21 You will learn to hate them cdog. When you play enough games, you will realize each year you are buying the same game with a different theme. This year is pirate AC, next year will be ninja AC (b/c they're cool to the masses ya'know), after that caveman AC (b/c fighting dinosaurs will be cool to the masses), ect.

Nothing wrong with separating people from their money, but it won't be me buying it.

Coren_Larken
Coren_Larken

@cdog21 It isn't that. It's the repetitive feel. I skipped the two AC games after 2, because I was just tired of it. I loved the games, I just can't do it so regularly. I feel like they'd resonate more with consumers with more time between them. The way I view yearly releases is like throw-away games. They're only good enough to play for a short time and then you ditch it for the next new thing. I think it takes away from the experience. That's my stance. But I also understand a company's gotta make money.

KimCheeWarriorX
KimCheeWarriorX

@thenephariouson well you know how it goes, money talks, bull (fecal matter) walks. ac's their cash cow so thats what theyre gonna churn out faster than milk at a dairy farm